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Day 31

Reunion - The helicopter tour

semi-overcast 27 °C

Today we had our third attempt at the helicopter trip and this time we actually got to take off.

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First we flew over the Saint Paul area and then headed towards Mafate, flying over sugar cane crops and geranium plantations. The essence is distilled and sold to the cosmetic and perfume industries.

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Mafate is the name of a former slave who hid in the mountains to escape his owner during the 18th century. This is the wildest and more isolated of the cirques (or circle of mountains) - it comprises of 10 different villages and about 700 permanent residents who use a helicopter to reach the coast, go shopping or vist the doctor.

The next cirque, Salazie has lots of waterfalls - the most famous one is called Voile de la Mariee (the bride's gown).

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Sadly the clouds started rolling in so we couldn't fly over the volcano.

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We headed towards the west coast which has 25k of coral reef and managed to spot our hotel.

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Then we headed back to the helipad.

We spent our last afternoon here on the beach - we won't be near the coast for our next island (Madagascar), so we had one last swim in the sea.

Posted by JenBuckley 07:08 Archived in Reunion

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