Tourists and journalists currently on Reunion Island could be considered the luckiest travelers in the world. Not only are they witnessing the an answer to the biggest mystery in modern aviation (MH 371), but Saturday morning 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 life dream. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook already is 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 the Reunion National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Reunion tourism board is explaining to eTN how to get to the view points?
A spokesperson for the tourism board said: “The eruption is visible from the parking area 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 on 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 – Reunions 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, French-Indian Ocean Island Réunion is the ultimate travel and tourism destination.
In recent days, the Piton de la Fournaise has been subject to close observation, and over the past 24 hours, the OVPF has recorded not only an increase in the number of earthquakes but also of increasing intensity and a persistent deformation at the summit of the volcano. According to the prefecture of La Réunion, an eruption is, therefore, likely to take place in the near future.
Image via www.reunion.fr
Under these circumstances, the Prefect of Reunion decided to implement alert phase 1 which suggests a probable eruption on April 29, 2015 starting at 6 pm. Public access to the upper part of the enclosure of the Piton de la Fournaise, either from the path of Pas de Bellecombe or from any other path, and the helicopter landing on the rim of the crater, are now prohibited until further notice. The National Gendarmerie and the National Forestry Office (ONF) are the responsible organizations to ensure the implementation of these security measures at the site.
This volcano, which appears on the list of the most active in the world, is one of the most studied and monitored by the international scientific community and the volcano observatory of Reunion Island. Walking on the slopes of this sulfuric fire-breathing “dragon” is an essential activity for visitors to the island, and adventurers in search of intense adrenalin-raising adventures should do not hesitate to consult the specialist tour operator on the island for suggestions on the volcanic theme. Those on the island at the right time may be lucky enough to watch the fountains and glowing lava flowing down the slopes of this basaltic volcano as it spits fire and flame. And should it even happen that the lava rivers meet the Indian Ocean after crossing the road, this is considered the ultimate spectacle one can think of when visiting Reunion Island as the waters of the Indian Ocean are caused to boil and evaporate from the intense heat when the two elements meet.