20 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

20 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

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20 days in Reunion Island Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4 h
1
Saint-Denis
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Salazie
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Saint-Benoit
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Le Tampon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Cilaos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
La Saline les Bains
— 7 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Saint-Denis
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Saint-Denis

Saint-Denis
For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Denis itinerary builder tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Saint-Denis is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Reunion Time (RET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Saint-Denis: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. You will leave for Salazie on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Saint-Denis

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
Salazie

Salazie
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Musee des Musiques et Instruments de L'ocean Indien, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Paysager de Hell-Bourg, then contemplate the long history of Maison Folio, and finally enjoy some diversion at circuit des maisons creoles de Hell Bourg a Salazie. On the next day, examine the collection at Maison Morange and then trek along Point de vue sur le trou de fer.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Salazie online travel route planner .

Drive from Saint-Denis to Salazie in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saint-Benoit.

Things to do in Salazie

Outdoors Trails Parks
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2
nights
Saint-Benoit

Saint-Benoit ©
Eglise Sainte-Anne de Saint-Benoit and Notre-Dame des Laves will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Les Cascades de Takamaka and Oasis Eaux Vives. Take a break from Saint-Benoit with a short trip to Anse des Cascades in Sainte-Rose, about 1h 05 min away.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Benoit tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Salazie to Saint-Benoit takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Le Tampon.

Things to do in Saint-Benoit

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sainte-Rose
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Cascade de la Paix ©
Cascade de la Paix
Eglise Sainte-Anne ©
Eglise Sainte-Anne
Oasis Eaux Vives ©
Oasis Eaux Vives

3
nights
Le Tampon

Le Tampon
Le Tampon is the fourth-largest commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Maison du Curcuma and Dekocean. Visiting Aquasens and Grand Bassin will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Le Tampon side-trips: Saint-Pierre (tombe de Sitarane & Temple Tamoul Narassingua Perournal). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at La Cite du Volcan, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc des Palmiers.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Le Tampon trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Benoit to Le Tampon in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cilaos.

Things to do in Le Tampon

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Saint-Joseph, La Plaine des Cafres, Saint-Pierre, Dekocean
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Grand Bassin
Grand Bassin
La Cite du Volcan
La Cite du Volcan
Temple Tamoul Narassingua Perournal ©
Temple Tamoul Narassingua Perournal

3
nights
Cilaos

Cilaos ©
Cilaos is a town and commune on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Pepiniere du Musee, then explore the stunning scenery at Ravine Bernica, and finally stroll through La Roche Merveilleuse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche Forain and then head outdoors with Le Dodo Palme.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cilaos sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Le Tampon to Cilaos takes 1.5 hours. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Saline les Bains.

Things to do in Cilaos

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Ravine Bernica, Le Dodo Palme, Marche Forain, Pepiniere du Musee
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Le Dodo Palme ©
Le Dodo Palme
La Roche Merveilleuse ©
La Roche Merveilleuse
Pepiniere du Musee ©
Pepiniere du Musee

7
nights
La Saline les Bains

Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline - Parapente and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore hidden gems such as Les Chevaux du Maido and Golf Club Bourbon.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Saline les Bains trip planner .

Getting from Cilaos to La Saline les Bains by car takes about 2 hours. May in La Saline les Bains sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Saint-Denis.

Things to do in La Saline les Bains

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Leu, Saint-Paul, Maison Bedier, Le Gouffre, Golf de Bourbon
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Scuba & Snorkeling
CiméO Nature | Canyoning à la Réunion ©
Golf de Bourbon ©
Golf de Bourbon

1
night
Saint-Denis

Saint-Denis ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): examine the collection at Musée d'Histoire Naturelle.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Denis trip planner .

Getting from La Saline les Bains to Saint-Denis by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Denis

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Marche Forain du Chaudron, Distillerie de Savanna
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Musee Leon Dierx ©
Musee Leon Dierx
Rue de Paris ©
Rue de Paris
Notre-Dame de la Delivrance ©
Notre-Dame de la Delivrance

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