12 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

12 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

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12 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Cilaos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Saint-Joseph
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hell-Bourg
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Cilaos

Cilaos is a town and commune on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. On the 2nd (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at La Roche Merveilleuse, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then cruise along RN5 Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): take a memorable drive along Col du Taibit and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piton des Neiges.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cilaos trip itinerary planning tool .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Joseph.

Things to do in Cilaos

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Col du Taibit ©
Col du Taibit
La Roche Merveilleuse ©
La Roche Merveilleuse

2
nights
Saint-Joseph

Saint-Joseph is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): experience rural life at Le Labyrinthe en-Champ-The, then head outdoors with Aquasens, and then admire the sheer force of Cascade de trou noir. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Le Cap Jaune and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Joseph trip planner .

You can drive from Cilaos to Saint-Joseph in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains.

Things to do in Saint-Joseph

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cascade de trou noir ©
Cascade de trou noir
Le Cap Jaune
Le Cap Jaune

4
nights
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and B'leu Ocean. Visiting Fly 974 Tandem and Le fenetre Les Makes will get you outdoors.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Joseph to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hell-Bourg.

Things to do in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Leu, Saint-Paul, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Le fenetre Les Makes
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Fly 974 Tandem ©
Fly 974 Tandem
Parasailing & Paragliding
B'leu Ocean ©
B'leu Ocean

3
nights
Hell-Bourg

Hell-Bourg
Get some historical perspective at Cimetiere Paysager de Hell-Bourg and Maison Folio. Take a break from the city and head to Piton de Fournaise and Canyoning, Envergure Reunion. Get out of town with these interesting Hell-Bourg side-trips: Saint-Benoit (Eglise Sainte-Anne de Saint-Benoit, Oasis Eaux Vives, & more).

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hell-Bourg trip maker .

You can drive from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains to Hell-Bourg in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hell-Bourg

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Saint-Benoit
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Cimetiere Paysager de Hell-Bourg ©
Cimetiere Paysager de Hell-Bourg
Piton de Fournaise ©
Piton de Fournaise

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