27 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

27 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

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27 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Cilaos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Saint-Joseph
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hell-Bourg
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

4
nights
Cilaos

Cilaos ©
Cilaos is a town and commune on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. Escape the urban bustle at Piton de Fournaise and Trois Roches. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cilaos: Helicopter Tours (in Saint-Pierre) and Golf de Bourbon (in L'Etang-Sale). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Piton des Neiges, hike along Crete des 3 Salazes, take some stellar pictures from Le Gouffre, and take in the dramatic scenery at La cascade de Bras Rouge.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cilaos road trip website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Cilaos is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Reunion Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint-Joseph.

Things to do in Cilaos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Le fenetre Les Makes, Golf de Bourbon, Piton de Fournaise, Trois Roches, Helicopter Tours
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Piton de Fournaise ©
Piton de Fournaise
Trois Roches ©
Trois Roches
Piton des Neiges ©
Piton des Neiges

6
nights
Saint-Joseph

Saint-Joseph is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Anse des Cascades. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Joseph: Spas (in Le Tampon), Plage de Grande Anse (in Petite-Ile) and Saint-Philippe (Jardin des Parfums et des Epices, Route des Laves, & more). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Cascade de Grand Galet, explore and take pictures at Le Labyrinthe en-Champ-The, look for gifts at Dekocean, and wander the streets of Manapany-Les-Bains.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Joseph online trip maker .

Getting from Cilaos to Saint-Joseph by car takes about 2 hours. December in Saint-Joseph sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains.

Things to do in Saint-Joseph

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Philippe, Petite-Ile, Sainte-Rose, Temple Tamoul Narassingua Perournal, Spas
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cascade de Grand Galet ©
Cascade de Grand Galet
Plage de Grande Anse ©
Plage de Grande Anse

8
nights
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Trou d'Eau and Plage de La Saline les Bains. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage des Roches Noires. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains: Saint-Pierre (Domaine Du Cafe Grille & La Saga du Rhum).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains online trip builder .

Drive from Saint-Joseph to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hell-Bourg.

Things to do in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Leu, Saint-Paul, La Saline les Bains, Saint-Pierre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding
Dolphin & Whale Watching

7
nights
Hell-Bourg

Hell-Bourg
Get outdoors at Point de vue sur le trou de fer and Foret de Bebour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hell-Bourg: Distillerie de Savanna (in Saint-Andre), Saint-Benoit (Oasis Eaux Vives, Eglise Sainte-Anne de Saint-Benoit, & more) and Saint-Denis (Rue de Paris & Room Escape Games).

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hell-Bourg day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains to Hell-Bourg takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hell-Bourg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Salazie, Saint-Benoit, Saint-Denis, Coopérative Pro Vanille, Cascade Niagara
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Point de vue sur le trou de fer
Point de vue sur le trou de fer
Foret de Bebour ©
Foret de Bebour
Cascade Blanche ©
Cascade Blanche

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