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Reunion Island - Piton de la Fournaise, Indian Ocean // Furnace

Killvan's Reunion Island. A tale of the natural energy which surrounds a volcanic mountain, embedded in the Indian Ocean.


Circumnavigating the island took a full day though it cured a curious mind. The south was picturesque, Jurassic, an abundance of empty waves. The west coast from the south is divided up by lava flows that smoked hot in the morning sun, and stony riverbeds that carry mountain rain seaward in the wet season. Further north idyllic stretches provide postcard moments but little in the way of surf. The northern tip with murky waters and murkier towns didn’t inspire a surf or a photo, and the surrounds of the countries capital, St Denis, with it’s industrious city hustle, black sand and pebbled beaches, concluded a contrasting collective that had the west coast feeling like the only place to be. The diversity of this trip around the island was closer to experiencing a mission across the world.

On this island, you can reach the top of the world. High above the clouds with a full view of the ocean is Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most active volcanos. With an hour drive and a 3-hour hike you can peer into the steaming gateway to hell, unguided. It’s all very intense, consequential if you make a bad decision. The experience of a lifetime requires preparation and a high level of physical fitness, no fakers at 8,600 feet. The rulebook to island was written up here, and if you really want to stand on the roof of the world, perhaps get closer to your God, you can do it here.




Location: West Coast, Reunion Island. Indian Ocean.
Optimum: The winter months when the roaring forties spin storms up from under Africa. June through to September.
Weather: A tropical island that has it all. Sub zero atop the volcanoes, 30+ at the beach. Wet and dry season.
Surf Conditions: Beachbreaks Reef Breaks, Rivermouths. Sometimes very very lonely and 10 on the Bull Shark scale.
Access: Roland Garos Airport in the capital St Dennis then a few hours south drive to St Leu.
Accomodation: Holiday Rentals, Hotels. Book before you go to ensure optimum choice.
Live Free: 4/10. Sharks kill the joy.



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