Réunion island discover Piton de la Fournaise the active volcano

Réunion island  Piton de la Fournaise (Furnace Peak)

Piton de la fournaise reunion island

Piton de la fournaise reunion island

Réunion island is located in western Indian Ocean, 700 km east of Madagascar. It’s a french oversea land of 2.512 square kilometers inhabited by around 700.000 people.
Geologically, this very young island is situated over a hotspot in the middle of an earth-block, like Hawaii archipelago. The constitutive volcano is up to 7.000 meters from the oceanic crust, with 3.000 meters over the sea level.

The main volcano on the island, “Piton de la Fournaise” (2.632 m.), dominating a caldeira horseshoe-shaped opened to the sea. The volcanic activity is not obviously concentrated on the top of the mount but everywhere in the caldeira, like the actual, around 1.650 m height, begun on november 16. For the last 4 years, the earth opened ten times for an average duration of eleven days. In march 2002, the lava reached the sea.

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Of course, nobody is living in this area. A net of sensors is monitoring the underground activity and sends datas to an observatory 20 kilometers away. Pedestrian access is restricted, and the easiest way to see this spectacle is by air.

Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Erupting for the first time about 50,000 years ago, records note that this basaltic shield volcano has erupted nearly 180 times since such eruptions were first recorded in 1640. The most recent occurred in 2004.

Piton de la Fournaise (Furnace Peak) stretches to about 2,631 meters in height and, since 1980, has been consistently monitored by volcano experts including scientists and government surveillance facilities, just in case an evacuation of residents and guests is required.

Piton de la fournaise reunion island

The 700,000 residents of Reunion Island have learned to deal with life in the lava path of an active volcano. As a matter of fact, many locals earn money offering guided walking tours and rides to Piton de la Fournaise and the volcano is undoubtedly Reunion’s most popular tourist attraction. Few leave the island without a close-up look at Furnace Peak.

It’s actually quite easy to walk to the top of the mountain and courageous guests can even camp near the rim of the volcano. A helicopter tour is also an awe-inspiring way to experience this amazing sight and such tours are readily available for those who fancy a ride over this bubbling cauldron. In reality, however, the view from down below is the most spectacular. Piton de la Fournaise spews orange and yellow lava day and night, with the evening pyrotechnics topping any first-class fireworks display you’ve ever experienced.

Piton de la fournaise reunion island

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Best Honeymoon Destinations For 2013

Fiji

If a gorgeous, private island resort sounds terrible, then you will not want to go here. Fiji takes the cake for their secluded and luxurious accommodations. Nukubati is a private all inclusive island resort in the Fiji Islands, a natural extension of a gracious and simple style of South Pacific living. Catering for a limited number of guests, this eco-chic resort is the perfect Fiji getaway for your Fiji honeymoon, Fiji wedding or relaxing Fiji vacation . All inclusive Nukubati is locally owned, preserving its incomparable Fijian style in an atmosphere of total seclusion – a wonderful all Fijian eco resort for the getaway of your dreams.

Nearby is Fiji’s best scuba diving on the the Great Sea Reef, reputed to be the third largest barrier reef in the world. Nukubati Private Island is the only resort in all Fiji with access to this vast underwater treasure, where manta rays, dolphins, turtles, whales and innumerable fish species parade around the corals. With the largest solar power plant in the Fiji Islands producing all its electricity, Nukubati is an environmentally conscious resort. Its gardens produce organically grown fruits and vegetables which, combined with freshly caught seafood, creates the unique cuisine that Nukubati has become famous for. From the moment you arrive, stepping on to the white sandy beach, you feel the romance and adventure of the South Pacific. The ultimate eco resort escape for your all inclusive Fiji holiday or honeymoon.

The Seychelles

Breathtaking beaches, turquoise waters, unspoiled – the islands of the Seychelles are the most authentic islands in the Indian Ocean. This unspoiled, pristine paradise is so perfect for romantic Seychelles honeymoon. We highly recommend island-hopping – and one of our favourite combinations is to divide your time between Praslin, one of the small idyllic Outer Islands and Mahé.  Praslin is the second largest island featuring ‘Bounty ad’ beautiful secluded Seychelles beaches and the legendary coco-de-mer grows here on ancient palm trees.

A day trip to La Digue, where the time seems to stand still, is a must! The far-flung Outer Islands offer amazing contrast to the granite islands – simply bliss out in the stunning cays or go fishing! Spas, snorkeling and world-class cuisine come as standard… Most of all the Outer Islands are miles away from the modern life – and offer blissful ‘no news, no shoes’ experience. Mahé is the capital island of the Seychelles – and all international flights arrive here. After a couple of days full of activities on the other islands, relax and be pampered on Mahé in one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.  The Seychelles really is a pristine paradise for romantic couples!

Mauritius

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This stunning island isn’t just all beaches and sunsets, although those are pretty fabulous. There’s also lots to see and do during your Mauritius honeymoon,  if you can tear yourself away from the comfort of your hotel to venture into the inland beauty of the Island.

Take a cooling dip at beautiful Tamarind Falls, swim with the dolphins, walk with lions on a beautiful island this is possible in Mauritius. Catch a blue marlin or a sailfish to eat under the stars on a deep-sea fishing expedition, and hop on a quad bike for an adrenalin-pumping ride.

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Visit our main Mauritius Travel Guide to discover even more possibilities for your Mauritius honeymoon, or take a look at our complete list of the luxury hotel Mauritius.

The Maldives

If a honeymoon is meant to be a celebration of love in an intimate,secluded, and most importantly, beautiful setting, then the Maldives is the world’s best backdrop for all these things. There are endless ways to let the magic of the islands dazzle you on your holiday as a couple. A dinner under the stars with the occasional flicker of candle light to bring you back into the real world, a daring getaway to a nearby uninhabited island all by yourselves for the whole day, or just lazing around in your private bungalow watching the endless turquoise waters while you are treated to an spa treatment in the room.

You could choose to get to know each other through a swim around a house reef with a mask and fin, or dive among the beautiful, vibrant reefs. It is an experience you will relive for days after you get back home. Indulge in some lighthearted competition on a night fishing trip by seeing who catches more. You will not forget the amazing boat trip you make at sunset before anchoring at a suitable fishing spot. It is as if nature plays with the colors of the setting sun just to ensure that you remember this day, this moment, and this love for the rest of
your life.