Tourists and journalists currently on Reunion Island could be considered the luckiest travelers in the world. Not only are they witnessing the answer to the biggest mystery in modern aviation (MH 370), but Saturday morning at 9:50 am local time, a fantastic scene unfolded after Piton de la Fournaise erupted.
Tourists are lucky. Yes, it’s safe for tourists. Visitors should get ready to see something that is like a once-in-a-lifetime dream. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook already are having its own eruption with tourists and locals posting some of the most amazing photos. Tourists visiting this piece of paradise have a lot more than tropical beaches to write home about.
Reunion volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, is known worldwide for its high activity. The volcano erupted for the third time in 2015.
It is also one of the most studied volcanoes in the world, monitored closely by the international scientific community.
The Piton de la Fournaise is indeed one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is possible to observe volcanic activeties safely by following the instructions issued by the prefecture and the gendarmerie.
It is safe to view, but local authorities are setting some ground rules and view points. Luckily the best position to watch is Reunion National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Reunion Island Tourism (IRT) explained to eTN how to get to the viewing points.
A spokesperson for the tourism board said: “The eruption is visible from the parking area of Pas de Bellecombe, but the closest point of view is at the Piton Partage.
“Allow about two km walk from Pas de Bellecombe, 30 to 45 minutes to access the perspective.
“The National Gendarmerie and the National Forestry Office (ONF) is responsible for ensuring the implementation of these security measures at the site.”
Where on Earth is Reunion Island?
Cyrille Barrieu, marketing and communication manager of the Reunion Island Tourism board explains it.
“Reunion Island is a French overseas department. It is a small island in the southern Indian Ocean, just off the east coast of Madagascar and only 45 minutes from Mauritius by air. One can fly direct from Paris, Marseille, Bangkok, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Rodrigues, the Comores, Madagascar, or Johannesburg.
“La Reunion is also not just a typical island destination, offering more than just rest and relaxation – Reunion inhabitants hail from ten different countries, and the native Creole culture is blossoming on the island; it is an outdoor and adventure mecca, boasts a plethora of land-living and marine wildlife, and the creative and artisanal offerings are out of this world.
“From lunar landscapes to clear blue lagoons and lush tropical forests, the French-Indian Ocean island Réunion is the ultimate travel and tourism destination.”