• Top 5 things to do in Réunion

    I've been packing away the last few things after our trip to Réunion. It was such a great trip and the more I think back on our holiday, the more I realise just how much we experienced in our 9 days there.  I thought I would do a top 5 list of things we did on the island.
    Things to do in Réunion

    1. Helicopter flight across the island

    I've done helicopter flights over Cape Town so this isn't so much about being in a helicopter, it is all about what you get to see.  We did the 55 minute "The must do" flight which took us all over the island to the most beautiful waterfalls, covered the 3 criques and took us around the crater of the volcano we had hiked to at the beginning of our trip. It was so much fun grabbing JP's hand during the flight to point out places we had hiked to and seeing them from a different perspective.  If you plan on going to Réunion a helicopter flight is a must. Initially JP and I weren't convinced that the weather would allow us to have a flight and I thought to myself that the things we've hiked to we've done and seen so it isn't the end of the world if we can't do the flight, but after being up above everything, it is an absolute must do.

    2. Hike to the summit of Piton de la Fournaise
    I wrote about this a bit in my previous Réunion post so I won't repeat myself (click here if you want to give that post a read) but this was definitely a hike I won't easily forget. It took us through all kinds of weather, some rather tricky climbing and pushed me to the edge of my limits (with my very sore knee) - but it was worth it. It only really hit me how amazing it is that we climbed to the top of a volcano once we were up in the air looking down into the crater. I remember looking down as we approached the volcano car park and looked out into the distance to see just how much ground we had covered that day - how long those uphills were and then seeing into the crater, it blew my mind. I honestly felt quite emotional in that moment. I don't really know why, maybe it was a mixture of being proud of myself for doing something like that or it was me remembering the pain I was in (ha ha). But what an experience it was!
    Réunion volcano

    3. Explore the lava tunnels

    I am a big sucker for caves - I love being transported into another world. What made this memorable was the fact that these tunnels were carved out by lava flow and when you think about that, it's freaking amazing being down there. The tunnels were unlike anything we had ever seen, with the lava leaving colours, patterns and shapes that were breathtaking down in the darkness only lit by our headlamps. I think the fact that we had hiked the volcano before doing this tour made it a bit more special. We could experience the volcano in more than one way on this trip. Although I was not brave enough to crawl through very tight spaces, and opted out of the "go play" routes for the wider tunnels, it was still a thrill.

    4. Hunt down waterfalls and swim in the basins

    Floating in a basin looking up at the sky with a waterfall to my side....that was one of the most surreal moments for me of the trip. It felt as if I had stepped into a post card. It was incredibly beautiful. My camera and photography skills could not capture the colours and sheer beauty properly. The first basins we found Bassin la Paix and Bassin la Mer were incredible and by far our favourite. Situated on the East of the island you are surrounded by beautiful forest vegetation with streams all over the place (the East of the island gets a lot more rainfall and the temperatures are more moderate than the West). Bassin la Mer was my favourite, we arrived there quite late and due to this we had the basin all to ourselves. When we swam out into the basin we found a "hidden" waterfall around the corner of a big rock and caves carved out into the rocks. It was incredible! Granted my imagination did play a few tricks on me, I think I have watched too many documentaries and I pictured what could be swimming beneath me... ha ha. 

    5. Explore the island by car

    Some of my best memories of the island are actually of JP and I driving around the island. It is not about spending time in the car but rather the conversations of things we had just done and hoped to do, singing along to songs (even French ones) and randomly stopping at places we thought looked interesting to explore. I think driving on the "wrong side" of the road made it extra interesting for us - remembering to stay on the right hand side of the road and negotiating very narrow road with tight corners - it was exciting. While on the island we listened to the NRJ radio station and it became the playlist for our trip because they seemed to cycle though the same songs quite a bit during the day. Now whenever I hear these songs I am transported back into the car driving through the sugarcane lined roads and breathing in the island air. This island has so much to offer, so it is a good idea to get into a car and just go exploring. 
    If you have apple music, I've created a playlist of all the songs we listened to in the car on the road: Réunion Playlist or you can go to the NRJ website and stream their station.

    Big Hugs,
    Charlene XXX


    1. Ahhh it looks such a wonderful experience! I'd love to visit the waterfalls and caves, it sounds such a beautiful place :D xx

      elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
      (PS I’d love to invite you to come win a big bundle of Festive Disney goodies haha :D)

      1. It really was such a wonderful holiday! Thanks for commenting and I'll head over to your blog to accept that invitation! :D


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