Explore the volcanic landscapes of Reunion, driving around this pocket-sized French island – lost in the Indian Ocean. Continue to the beaches of Mauritus, staying at the beautifully positioned 20 Degrees Sud, a boutique hotel beside the warm ocean.
- Self-drive around the island of Reunion, home to captivating landscapes and beautifully isolated
- Discover hidden waterfalls and hike across the lush hills that carpet this island
- Climb to the rim of the Dolomieu Crater and look down at the active Piton de la Fournaise Volcano
- Relax on the beautiful beaches of Mauritius, swimming and sunbathing in the warm climate
Circumnavigate this small island, beginning with the small towns of Sainte Anne and Saint-Pierre, exploring the villages that lie between. Visit the beautiful Rivière du Mât, with its steep cliffs and tumbling waterfalls; stop at the ancient spa village of Hell-Bourg, named one of the most beautiful villages in France; explore the spice gardens of Saint-Philippe; and walk the wild wave-swept beaches of Manapany-les-Bains.
Continue inland to the town of Cilaos, which sits in an impressive caldera, ringed by jagged volcanic peaks. Here, explore the precipitous landscape, hiking along the various trails the zigzag across this rocky, green amphitheatre. Afterwards, return to the coast and visit the picturesque village of Entre-Deux, before stopping at the Trou du Souffleur blowhole, which explodes from the ocean swell.
From the coast, again return to the highlands. Visit the crater-riddled south of the island, home to Reunion’s only active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise. Have the opportunity to hike across the lunar landscape of the Dolomieu Crater, up to the ash-dusted rim and look down on the smoking volcano.
Finish with some time exploring the picturesque western coast, admiring the beautiful scenery of Mafate and the Piton Maido.
Travel in late August to combine this trip with the 2016 annular eclipse, which will occur on 1st September. Reunion lies almost directly on the path that the eclipse will take. With the main event occurring at around 2pm, whilst the sun is in the northwest, the seafront boulevard of Saint-Paul (close to Saint-Leu) is the place to be. Watch as the endless waters of the distant ocean grow dark, with the sun sitting above an unbroken, watery horizon.
Fly directly from Reunion to Mauritius, before transferring to the beachside escape of 20 Degrees Sud. After an active week exploring Reunion’s rich landscapes, have some time to relax beside the warm Indian Ocean waters of Mauritius.
Swim, snorkel and sunbathe from this boutique hotel’s private beach. Looking out over the beautiful Grand Baie, 20 Degrees Sud is tranquil and secluded, wonderfully detached from any surrounding hustle and bustle. Have the chance to venture offshore and dine atop the deserted Flat Island – ideal for a romantic meal.
For those who do not require total relaxation, additional activities can also be arranged. Offshore snorkelling, diving and swimming with dolphins are all popular choices, whilst – on land – there are visits to the markets, garden and museums of Mauritius.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This journey combines two of the Indian Ocean’s finest treasures. The landscapes of Reunion, with its quirky exported French culture, compliment the relaxed beachside ambience of Mauritius perfectly. Flexible and active, yet wonderfully carefree, this holiday delivers an exciting dose of exotic landscapes and desert island escapism.
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