La Réunion – a small French island to the east of Madagascar and west of Mauritius – is a stunner. Mountains up to 3000m high; excellent road system to get to every corner and peak; delicious French pastries and cheese; and all sorts of outdoor activities available.
We were fortunate to have excellent weather for hikes up to one of the world’s most active volcanoes the “Piton de la Fournaise“, stunning views from La Maido and Cap Noir into the Cirque de Mafate, the impressive town of Cilaos within its own cirque, and on the eastern side to the pretty village of Hell-bourg in the Cirque de Salazie.
The photos in this gallery speak for themselves.
PS: I’ll be sure to add some helpful yachtie notes before we depart for Madagascar.
Topographical view of Reunion Island. Le Port on the NW corner; with the volcano in the SE corner. Mountains up to 3000m in the middle.
Morning sky as we approach the volcano
Ally at 2600m, Reunion
Cliffs are no obstacle for roads here
Excellent roads in Reunion
Lake at Cilaos
One of the 400+ bends on the way to Cilaos
View of Cilaos from Roches Merveilleuse
Le Port from Cap Noir walk up the hill through the small village of Dos D’ane.
View from the beginning of the walk to Roche Verre Bouteille, Cap Noir.
Boucan Canot cafe strip
Fischer Beer in Reunion Island, Indian Ocean.
Looking west towards St Leu, St Gilles les Bains and Le Port
A Pirate’s grave at the Cimetiere Marin near St Gilles les Bains. This guy was executed in 1730 – even has a skull and crossbones on the cross!
View from Le Maido lookout
This mangy but friendly dog greeted us each morning at Le Port. Always on the prowl for some scraps.
Lovely old buildings
Not sure of the exact translation, but believe it’s along the lines of ‘looking after the environment for the future of the children and of Reunion Island’. Fair enough.
This guy was having a blast along the big seas near to Saint Leu on the west coast.
Seaside location and aquarium at St Gilles les Bains
West coast swells up to 4m caused big seas for kite surfers and wind surfers.
St Pierre building.
All this and fromage too!!
Markets at St Pierre
Trip up the windy roads from St Benoit in the east across the cols to St Pierre on the SW coast.
The scenic village of Hell-Bourg
Catching up with Ever After and Kaste-helme to watch for the ‘green flash’