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Piton de Fournaise

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Address: Reunion Island
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This is the only active volcano on the island and one of the most active in...

This is the only active volcano on the island and one of the most active in the world.

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We were on a cruise ship disembarking in Reunion for one and a half days only. We had a Volcano and Salazie full day tour and the Wild South half day tour. On the first day we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a cruise ship disembarking in Reunion for one and a half days only. We had a Volcano and Salazie full day tour and the Wild South half day tour. On the first day we started early, at 7am to reach the volcano long before the noon when the visibility gets worse. The road to the volcano snaked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

A must see when visiting the island! We were short on time and could not hike around the volcano but seeing the natural beauty of this area takes your breath away

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Sandton, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

A must! We started a bit late at about 10:00. My husband thought the valley below was the volcano! We then started our decent into the valley. Going down the stairs into the valley should give away what is lying ahead! The route is well marked and there is boards giving you times of how how long it will take... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

One of the most awe inspiring walks you will ever do. This massive crater is home to world's most active volcano. You MUST get there early in the morning and take plent of food and water. Once you're in the crater the temperature and terrain are unforgiving. The alk from the car park to the crater lip is five hours... More 

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Rustenburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We were advised to go early to see the sunrise on top of the volcano. So we set off at 3AM, it was very cold at this time so be prepared with a fleece, jacket, head torch, water and snacks. We arrived a the crater to see the sunrise with nobody else around, what a special experience! We were at... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

The hike to the top of the volcano and back to the starting point is not an easy one in the scorching heat. The walk and climb are not difficult though. We saw people of all ages on the hike. Be careful though, because we saw 3 hikers with light injuries from falling. This was indeed the highlight of the... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We've been early in the morning to avoid the crowd. There are hundreds climbing the see the crater! So when we left pas bellecombe there were 7°Celsius, when we came back (30°). The path is very easy to follow, there is a very big parking place, in fact the road finishes in the parkind place. The last 5,6 km before... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We had been led to believe that Reunion had little to offer. Not so. We were on a cruise and took the tour to the active volcano. The drive was incredible in itself, from sea level to cloud infested forest, to barren volcanic landscape and roads that twisted and turned over an ever varying landscape. And the information and views... More 

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Experience of a lifetime. Piton de Fournaise was out of this world and we were fortunate to have a clear view. Reunion is a present surprise all over. Neat first world country. Most imperssive road in construction between port and st Denis. All over a visit worth while.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Piton de Fournaise is Reunion Islands premier active volcano. It's quite a drive just to get to the edge of the old crater but well worth the effort. Once you've parked up you descend some stairs down the wall of the old crater then traverse a hellish alien landscape devoid of life towards the new inner crater. The terrain is... More 

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