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Reunion and Mauritius Holidays to Indian Ocean Islands Hiking Safari

Reunion and Mauritius Holidays

Our Reunion and Mauritius holidays to the Indian Ocean islands allow you to combine the attractions of these very different islands - providing a wonderful 2-centre experience. Outdoor activities abound, with wonderful hiking opportunities in Reunion, before relaxing on the beaches of Mauritius. Or add on a safari in South Africa or Kenya for something truly special.
 
An overseas department of France, the rugged and verdant island of Reunion is the most prosperous in the Indian Ocean. It is home to the highest mountain in the Indian Ocean and one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Just a short flight from Mauritius, this tiny tropical island is a real jewel. Only 39 miles long by 28 miles wide and with a population of 850,000, mostly located on the coastal plains, the mountainous scenery is breathtaking. Three huge extinct volcanic craters – or cirques – and two mountain ranges form much of Réunion’s interior, with excellent hiking trails.
 
The official language of Reunion is French, but Creole is the language of daily life. Few people speak English in the villages and countryside. Its location east of Africa and Madagascar has led to centuries of African, Indian, Chinese, French and Creole integration. This multi-ethnic mix means that the food too is enormously varied on Reunion and Mauritius holidays to Indian Ocean islands, with first-rate traditional French cooking. Fish is fresh and fantastic of course, together with meats, exotic fruit, spices, beans and vegetables of every kind.
 
The small size of Reunion island and its well-maintained roads make it an ideal destination for a self-drive holiday. If you like to take things at your own pace and enjoy the freedom of the road, Reunion and Mauritius holidays to the Indian Ocean islands offer this, although some of the hairpin bends on Reunion island can be a little scary!
 
For expert advice on Reunion and Mauritius holidays to Indian Ocean islands, with hiking & safari options, contact our friendly team on 01582 766122. We can also tailor make a holiday to your exact requirements.
 
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The capital Saint-Denis is the main entry point to Reunion and is a pleasant university town with sea front promenade, cathedral, museums, bars, restaurants and quaint Creole architecture. Along with its lively nightlife, there is plenty to fill a day or two here at either end of Reunion and Mauritius holidays to Indian Ocean islands.
 
Driving east from the capital the landscape is lush, cultivated and sparsely populated. A few roads lead to the scenic interior, including to Cirque de Salazie, Forêt de Bébour and Takamaka. Quaint villages such as Ste-Anne with its unusual church are worth a stop as is Ste-Rose. The east coast eventually gives way to the black lava flows of the active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, and here the ocean seems wild and forbidding.
 
At 2,631 metres above sea level, Piton de la Fournaise dominates the southeast of the island. Although currently in a quieter phase, the volcano is one of the world’s most active and is a major attraction on Reunion and Mauritius holidays to Indian Ocean islands. The route to the volcano takes you inland through La-Plaine-des-Cafres, a scenic alpine like plateau, and across the barren lunar-like Plaine des Sables to Pas de Bellecombe. From the car park there are a variety of walking & hiking options to the volcano rim but whichever you choose, it is always best to go early in the day when the spectacular views are at their clearest.
 
Nicknamed the ‘wild south’ the southern area of Reunion is full of character with colourful creole style houses, the magical Rivière Langevin with its stunning waterfalls and the lively coastal town of St-Pierre. Here the seafront provides a focal point with bars, ice cream parlours and a casino. Although the town has had something of a makeover, it has retained its authentic Creole roots and has a great fruit and vegetable market and arguably the best nightlife on the island. On the RN2 between St-Pierre and St-Joseph, Grand Anse is a stunning bay with steep wooded slopes and sand beach. It’s a lovely place for a picnic, although it can be busy at weekends.
 
Most Reunion and Mauritius holidays to Indian Ocean islands will include at least a few days hiking to explore the cirques – Cirque de Salazie, Cirque de Cilaos and Cirque de Mafate. The climate is cooler in the mountainous interior and the small town of Hell-Bourg in Cirque de Salazie is a good centre for walking & hiking, with nature and hiking trails to cater for all levels. Waterfalls are plentiful (over 100) including the famous ‘Bridal Veil’ and there are relatively easy hiking trails to Les Trois Cascades and Source Manouilh. Zip-lining, canyoning (abseiling down waterfalls), horse riding and mountain biking are also popular activities in the cirques.
 
The Cirque de Cilaos is the driest of the three cirques and you’ll see vineyards, tobacco and lentil fields. The uphill road from St-Louis on the south coast to the charming town of Cilaos is infamous, due to its many hairpin bends (allegedly 200)! The Piton des Neiges at 3,070 metres is the highest point on the island and separates the Cirque de Cilaos and Cirque de Salazie. There are hiking trails from both cirques to the Piton. In contrast the sparsely populated Cirque de Mafate can only be reached on foot or by helicopter. If you are looking to genuinely get off the beaten track on Reunion and Mauritius holidays to Indian Ocean islands, hiking with a qualified guide is the best way to experience the beauty of remote Mafate.
 
While Reunion is much more than a beach destination, its west coast is a lovely spot to relax after exploring the rest of the island. Here there are over 15 miles of white sandy beaches with Boucan Canout, L‘Hermitage and Roches Noires three of the best, although these are not comparable to many of those on Mauritius. Reunion’s premier beach resort is the chic St-Gilles-les-Bains. Popular with French tourists, St-Gille is packed with restaurants, bars and cafés and has a distinctly European feel. All manner of water sports are offered from water-skiing and diving to paddle boarding and surfing on Reunion & Mauritius trips.
 
Inland from the west coast there are some pleasant hiking trails to waterfalls and a short drive from St-Gilles takes you to Piton Maido for one of most stunning views of the island, overlooking the Cirque de Mafate. It almost goes without saying that this land of peaks is a paragliding paradise but for those who don’t crave adrenaline pursuits, an exhilarating helicopter trip over the verdant cirques and volcano is an unforgettable treat and highly recommended on Reunion and Mauritius holidays to Indian Ocean islands.
 
Both Reunion and Mauritius are easily combined with a safari in South Africa or Kenya, as there are daily flight connections between these countries. You can have your safari first, then visit Reunion and/or Mauritius - the choice is yours!
Reunion and Mauritius
HRB12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Combine beautiful Reunion and Mauritius on this holiday. Enjoy walking in the spectacular three 'cirques' (extinct volcanoes) of dramatic Reunion island in the Indian Ocean, before relaxing on the glorious beaches of Mauritius, surrounded by coral reefs & warm turquoise waters. Activities include snorkelling, diving, watersports, golf, horse riding & dolphin catamaran trips. All transfers included.
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Reunion and Mauritius
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Saint-Pierre
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Three Cirques
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Grand Anse Beach
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Saint Denis
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Grand Baie
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Snorkelling
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Diving
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Watersports
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Saint-Pierre
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Three Cirques
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Grand Anse Beach
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Saint Denis
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Grand Baie
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Snorkelling
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Diving
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Watersports
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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