Earthly & Experiential Activities
The Cirque of Cilaos
Its rugged landscape of cirques worn down by erosion, here more than anywhere else is dominated by the massive Piton des Neiges which rises to 3,071m in altitude. Cilaos is accessible by car at the end of a beautiful but extremely winding road with its 400 turns, high walls and cornices. Cilaos is accessible by road. However, you can still trek to reach its top. Cilaos is famous for its impressive canyons and waterfalls where numerous extreme sports activities like canyoning (canyoneering), rock climbing can be practised.
Helicopter Tours - The Unavoidable
Take off toward the cirque of Mafate, the only cirque unreachable by car. Crossing over the cirque toward Salazie. Stop in front of the Voile de la Mariée and entering the Trou de Fer by the Bras des cavernes. This 600 meters deep crack where a river runs throw it offers sensational feelings. Heading to the area of the volcano by flying over the old-growth forest of Bébour and Bélouve. Large loop in the enclosure of the volcano up to the top of the last craters. Then, over flight of the Plaine des Cafres after entering the cirque of Cilaos. Return by the cirque of Mafate and over flight of the beaches and the lagoon of Saint-Gilles. Landing on the heliport and transfer to your hotel.
Lava Tunnels Hiking
Hiking in the lava tunnels (near Sainte Rose)
Visit of Typical Creole Houses - Hellbourg / Cirque of Salazie
Accessible by a single road, the Cirque de Salazie, included in its entirety as a World Heritage site by Unesco, is dominated by the Voile de la Mariée or Bride’s Veil, one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island, and other unmissable vertiginous falls. At the centre of the imposing cirque rises the majestic Piton d’Anchaing (1,352m). Hell-Bourg, a true architectural gem, classed as one of the "most beautiful villages in overseas France", is the capital of Salazie.
4 Wheel Drive Tours
The Volcano and the Wild South
Departure in direction of the Volcano via the South and Le Tampon. Crossing la “Plaine des Cafres”, a market garden and a cattle-breeding area, the first stop is at the viewpoint of “Nez De Bœuf” (2070 m) for the forming cirque “La Rivière des Remparts”: a huge canyon and a difference in level of 1000m! You stop secondly at “Le Pas des Sables” for the impressive view over “La Plaine des Sables”, the exceptional lunar landscape. Arrival at “Pas de Bellecombe” (2311m), from where you have the unique view over the “Piton de la Fournaise Massif” (one of the most active red volcano of the world). Continuation to the windward coast called the “Wild South” because of the contrasts with the blue (ocean), the green (tropical vegetation) and the black (lava flows). The discoveries continue with the rivers of lava that crossed the national road several times during the past decades, especially in the “Great Burnt Land”. Stop at “Manapany” to discover this small charming village with its natural creek. Traditional Creole lunch. Afterwards, you take a forested trail across the rich coloured woods where you can discover various endemic plants, some medicinal and sacred ones. Then you take the direction of “Langevin River” where you can admire a beautiful waterfall before the return to your hotel.
Departure to the North to admire the beautiful Niagara waterfall, before taking the road leading to the most greenery cirque of the Island: Salazie. The road is an eden garden, where waterfalls sreads out along the cliffs like lace curtain, the most famous one is the « voile de la mariée » (the wedding veil). Several stops will be available. Arriving in Grand Ilet, you will discover the chayote farming, speciality of Salazie. You will follow in direction of the Bélier taking the forest road to enjoy the breath taking scenery it offers on Mafate. Back to Salazie and then to the village of Hell-Bourg to have lunch in Ilet a Vidot. A path, will lead you to « Mrs Elisabeth’s Cabane », a haven of peace, where you will have a creole lunch served in banana’s leaves. After a nice rest along the river, you will be guide through the village of Hell-Bourg. Old thermal town famous during the 19th century. Classified among the « French most beautiful villages », Hell-bourg is a perfect living museum for creole architecture. Back to the coast to go to St Paul, where the market takes place every Friday. It is the most beautiful and picturesque of the island. Located on the beachfront, its colorfull walkway area lovely place to stroll. Craft industry, herbalist, florist and other are composing this wonderfull market. You will be able to shop and taste local products.