11 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

11 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

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11 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Cilaos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Saint-Joseph
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Durban

1
night
Cilaos

Cilaos ©
Cilaos is a town and commune on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take a memorable drive along RN5 Road, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then admire the majestic nature at La Roche Merveilleuse. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Col du Taibit and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piton des Neiges.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cilaos trip builder app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cilaos is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Cilaos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint-Joseph.

Things to do in Cilaos

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Col du Taibit ©
Col du Taibit
La Roche Merveilleuse ©
La Roche Merveilleuse
Piton des Neiges ©
Piton des Neiges

3
nights
Saint-Joseph

Saint-Joseph ©
Saint-Joseph is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aquasens and Cascade de trou noir. Escape the urban bustle at Le Labyrinthe en-Champ-The and Cascade de Grand Galet. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Joseph: Saint-Philippe (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Jardin des Parfums et des Epices) and Anse des Cascades (in Sainte-Rose).

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Joseph journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Cilaos to Saint-Joseph takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains.

Things to do in Saint-Joseph

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Philippe, Anse des Cascades
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Cascade de Grand Galet ©
Cascade de Grand Galet
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cascade de trou noir ©
Cascade de trou noir

4
nights
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Plage de La Saline les Bains and Plage de Trou d'Eau. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Descente VTT.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Saint-Joseph to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Leu, La Saline les Bains
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Plage de La Saline les Bains ©
Plage de La Saline les Bains
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Parasailing & Paragliding

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