Port Reunion, Reunion Island

Dolphins swimming in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island

Introduction to Port Reunion, Reunion Island

A republic of France, Reunion is like is like a tropical version of the French Riviera, with gourmet restaurants, sandy beaches and chic boutiques. An island that begs to be explored, Reunion's lush landscapes and vast mountain ranges provide some incredible views and picture opportunities.

A republic of France, Reunion is like is like a tropical version of the French Riviera, with gourmet restaurants, sandy beaches and chic boutiques. The island’s lush, sweeping landscapes and mountainous interior are just waiting to be explored, as are the southern villages which appear to be frozen in time. Their heritage and charming creole houses remain as they were fifty years ago.

More than 8,000 labourers were ''imports'' to build the docks here and many of these Portois stayed on, in the shacks they'd lived in while building the port and its railway. 

Following an investment by the French Government, there is a modern container port, new housing, green spaces, and the creation of a superb boulevard - Ocean Avenue - linking the old Port, soon to be a Marina, with the city. Le-Port has a wide variety of restaurants, many run by descendants of the original pioneers.

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Reunion Island Coast Line

TOUR B - PITON MAIDO

  • Observe the various landforms on Reunion
  • Savour the overwhelming views
  • Discover the sweet smell of the geranium distillery
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

The dominant feature of Reunion, is its volcanic nature, and every visit should include an introduction to the unique landforms of the island and the wonderful views, as well as the interesting flora.

You shall drive along the west coast of the island, passing through the town of Saint-Paul, where the first French settled in 1646. The west coast’s ever-changing scenery is fringed with a long ribbon of beaches, sometimes of white sand and sometimes of black volcanic sand.

You will pass fields of sugar cane, geraniums and tamarinds, with the cultivation characteristically changing as the altitude increases. Various little villages will be seen until you reach a wonderful viewpoint located at the edge of a cliff 2,090 metres high.

The highest peak of Reunion, the Piton-des-Neiges volcano (also said to be the highest point in the Indian Ocean) is flanked by three erosion-worn cirques (volcanic basins surrounded by sheer rocky walls). If the weather conditions are fine, you will be able to admire the breathtaking view over the ancient crater, the Cirque of Mafate with its unique three villages – the most isolated of the island – which are only accessible by foot in five to seven hours.

On your way back you will pause at La Petite France, to see the distillation of geranium leaves into an essence used in perfume making. This process, which takes place approximately every two months, uses 700 kilos of leaves to produce one litre of essence. After a brief panorama of Reunion, you will return to our ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: There is a minimal amount of walking during this tour, some of which may be over uneven and hilly ground. This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users, or guests suffering from breathing problems or heart conditions due to the viewpoint being 2,090 metres above sea level. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes, and to bring an extra layer, raincoat, hat and sun cream. Do not forget your camera. The success of this tour is dependent upon favourable weather conditions.


Piton de la Fournaise, Port Reunion

TOUR D - THE EVER CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF REUNION

  • Appreciate awe-inspiring views of Nez le Boeuf
  • Explore the new and exciting Volcano Museum
  • Enjoy a typical Creole lunch
Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApprox. 8.75 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

A stunning French island located in the Indian Ocean, Reunion is graced with lush, sweeping landscapes and a volcano that acts as a towering, dramatic backdrop. The still-active volcano is over one million years old and last erupted in January 2017, lasting for two days. This activity means that the landscape is always changing – a landscape that is just waiting to be explored.

Depart the quayside for a full day tour of this paradise island. Heading south to Nez le Boeuf, you shall make a short stop for photographs and to savour the breathtaking views into the volcano ravine and of the green countryside full of flowers.

Continuing on, your next stop will be at Plaine des Sables. Here you will again make a short stop to soak up the magnificent landscape that will be spread before you.

After a short drive, you reach Pas de Bellecombe at a height of 2,311 metres. Looking down into the active, volcanic crater of the volcano Piton de la Fournaise, which is mysteriously veiled by clouds, a spectacular panorama is revealed (depending upon the weather conditions). A stop is then made at a country restaurant, where your lunch is sure to awaken your taste buds as you sample the local Creole cuisine.

After lunch, you will visit the new Volcano Museum – Cité du Volcan - where all the latest and new technology is being used to make your experience of volcanoes come alive.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: There is some walking involved in this tour at the various sites visited, some of which may be over uneven and hilly ground, with steps to negotiate. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes, and to bring an extra layer, raincoat, hat and sun cream. Do not forget your camera. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. 


TOUR DD - THE EVER CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF REUNION

  • Appreciate awe-inspiring views of Nez le Boeuf
  • Explore the new and exciting Volcano Museum
  • Enjoy a typical Creole lunch

 

Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 8 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

A stunning French island located in the Indian Ocean, Reunion is graced with lush, sweeping landscapes and a volcano that acts as a towering, dramatic backdrop. The still-active volcano is over one million years old and last erupted in January 2017, lasting for two days. This activity means that the landscape is always changing – a landscape that is just waiting to be explored.

Depart the quayside for a full day tour of this paradise island. Heading south to Nez le Boeuf, you shall make a short stop for photographs and to savour the breathtaking views into the volcano ravine and of the green countryside full of flowers.

Continuing on, your next stop will be at Plaine des Sables. Here you will again make a short stop to soak up the magnificent landscape that will be spread before you.

After a short drive, you reach Pas de Bellecombe at a height of 2,311 metres. Looking down into the active, volcanic crater of the volcano Piton de la Fournaise, which is mysteriously veiled by clouds, a spectacular panorama is revealed (depending upon the weather conditions). A stop is then made at a country restaurant, where your lunch is sure to awaken your taste buds as you sample the local Creole cuisine.

After lunch, you will visit the new Volcano Museum – Cité du Volcan - where all the latest and new technology is being used to make your experience of volcanoes come alive.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: There is some walking involved in this tour at the various sites visited, some of which may be over uneven and hilly ground, with steps to negotiate. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes, and to bring an extra layer, raincoat, hat and sun cream. Do not forget your camera. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. 

 


Cirque de Salazie, Port Reunion

TOUR E- HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER ST. DENIS

  • Discover the dramatic landscapes of St. Denis
  • Hover over the island to appreciate the stunning views
  • Fly over the magnificent Piton de la Fournaise volcano
Price£290.00 - £300.00
DurationApprox. 45 minutes
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Take to the skies on this unforgettable flight over Reunion Island. With scenic views from every window, a camera is a must!

Departing from our ship will take a short transfer to the helipad for our approximate 45 minute flight. From the coast you will fly over the Cirque of Mafate and Salazie before heading over the Trou de Fer and the magnificent Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. Flying over the island in a helicopter is the most spectacular way to discover the sharpest relieves and contrasts in the most intense landscape.

You will continue flying by the Plaine des Cafres, Dimitile and the last one, Cilaos. Finally you will be transported towards the Cirques of Mafate before arriving at St. Paul’s lagoon for your landing.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please be aware you will be required to board the helicopter unaided to participate in this tour. There is a cumulative weight restriction for this tour, therefore please report to the tours desk onboard with your exact weight. Not all guests will have window seats, however good views are possible from all places.


Cirque de Salazie, Port Reunion

TOUR F - SALAZIE

  • Excite your senses at the vanilla plantation
  • Marvel at stunning waterfalls
  • Enjoy a typical Creole lunch

 

Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApprox. 8 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Located approximately 45 kilometres from Reunion’s capital city of St Denis, Cirque de Salazie is the largest and greenest of the island’s three natural amphitheatres. This cirque is both rugged and beautiful, best described as a long, deep canyon, lined with more than 100 magnificent waterfalls and full of hills and valleys ripe for exploration.

Departing your ship, you head to the northern coast of Reunion Island by the coastal road. You will quickly cross the capital of St Denis, taking an Easterly direction towards Ste Marie and Ste Suzanne.

Arriving in St André you will visit a vanilla plantation where it is possible to discover the history and the culture of this precious orchid which is an integral part of the past and of the heritage of the island.

Taking the road leading to the cirque, Salazie will be in sight with its long, deep, sheer-walled canyon full of twisted hills and valleys, where waterfalls tumble down the rocks on every side. Although the cirque is generally swathed in mist and cloud, the most breathtaking site of this area is the thundering waterfall know as Le Voile de la Mariée.

After a photo stop at Day Point, you will visit the picturesque Creole village of Hellbourg where lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Feeling refreshed, enjoy some free time to explore this delightful village at leisure.

A panoramic city tour will be made of St Denis during the return journey to your ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes, and to bring an extra layer, raincoat, hat and sun cream. Do not forget your camera. Uneven ground will need to be negotiated, therefore great care should be taken as walkways can be slippery when wet.

 


Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island

TOUR H - WALK UNDER THE LAVA TUBES

  • Marvel at the imposing sight of the black cliffs
  • Stroll under and over the hardened lava flow
  • Enjoy a traditional Creole meal
  • Spend some time exploring St Denis at leisure

 

Price£140.00 - £150.00
DurationApprox. 8.5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Come and experience a once-in-a-lifetime tour. Take a walk on the lava tubes and experience the outcome of many years of volcanic eruptions.

Departing from the pier, you will travel in a southerly direction, up to the former lava flows past St Philippe, in the southeast of La Reunion. It is in this region, called the Big Burnt that you shall begin your walk.

The imposing volcano is located here, from basalt slopes to the black cliffs of the coast. Throughout the centuries, the eruptions out of the crater have modelled an extraordinary landscape which leaves any visitor amazed at the site. It is here that you will meet your specialist guide.

Begin your fantastic walk under and on the lava. The Piton de la Fournaise offers a mineral environment and an outstanding scene. Taking a speleological trip through stalactites, stalagmites and cathedrals, you will discover an unforgettable show in a fascinating mineral setting.

Lunch will be served in a traditional Creole restaurant before you make your way back. En route, you will stop at the church Notre-Dame des Laves, which was amazingly spared by a lava flow in 1977. Finally a stop will be made for free time in St Denis before returning to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves large amounts of walking; approximately two kilometres (one and a quarter miles) over some very uneven ground; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests should come wearing comfortable walking shoes with thick tread and sun protection. The tunnels are generally quite tall with some openings in the ceiling letting in rays of light. It is recommended that participants bring a change of t-shirt with them to change into after the walk. A toilet stop will only be available at the lunch stop.

 


Turtle Observatory, Reunion Island

TOUR I - SAINT LEU & TURTLE OBSERVATORY

  • Explore the picturesque town of St Leu
  • Discover marine turtles in Kelonia

 

Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

If you are looking for something different then this is the tour for you! Take a transfer to St Leu and Kelonia to enjoy and admire these very beautiful and exciting locations, whilst learning and interacting with beautiful marine turtles.

Perfectly situated in the west of the island, St Leu is well-known by surfers around the globe for its famous “left” wave. The city hosts the French championship of paragliding as well as an international competition of acrobatic paragliding every year (usually held in October).

Leaving the pier and heading in a southerly direction towards St Leu, you will visit the historical quarter to discover the monuments of the East India Company and find out more about the history of the slave revolution, religious mysteries, English invasion, coffee as well as the nearby black sand beaches. A small amount of free time will allow you to browse the typical craft shops of St Leu and take a part of this intriguing location home with you.

Your city tour will lead you through the streets of the town to Kelonia and the observatory of marine turtles situated in Saint Leu’s educational centre, which allows you to discover the world of these fascinating creatures. The park covers an area of 500 square metres, and is home to approximately 60 different species of turtle.

Take a walk around the four circuits and discover marine turtles in an environment similar to their natural life conditions. Lots of videos will be shown around the park that will make your visit even more interesting and informative. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, including 90 minutes in St Leu and a further 75 minutes in Kelonia; therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Audio guides will be available for use in the turtle observatory. 

 


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