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Reunion Island

Indian Ocean is jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!

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Located in the southwest of the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island a little outpost of France that bundles nature’s best. Never an Island had so well wore its name; Reunion Island, a gathering of natural gems, culture and sensation. Labelled as Intense Island, this French oversea department is to be discovered in some quite extraordinary ways.

In the centre of the island like on its coasts, nature is generously exposed. The biodiversity of the island is kept alive by Le Piton de La Fournaise. This millenary volcano has been active since it was discovered and continuously adds metres to the island’s shores at each major eruption. The volcano and other Pitons, Cirques and Remparts form La Reunion National Park. This mosaic of ecosystems covers more than an area of more than 100,000 ha, that is to say 40% of Reunion Island is classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Climate

Just like her sister-island Mauritius, Reunion flirts with the Tropic of Capricorn. A warm subtropical climate prevails on the island nearly all year round. The microclimate in Reunion Island provides poles apart sceneries and multitude of activities that can be done. The west, north and southern coasts of the island enjoy from an intensely sunny climate which coincides with the presence of beautiful stretches of beaches. The east and inner region of the island however display quite a contrasting environment with cloudy, rainy and windy conditions.

Summer

Summer in Reunion Island is from November to April. During this period, water temperature is at its best in the lagoon or waterfalls alike. These weather conditions also bring some rainfall concentrated over short periods.

Winter

Wintertime is characterised by cooler temperatures of 24 to 25°C on coastal regions while in the east and as we move inland and up, the thermometer can at times drop to 0°C.

When to visit Reunion Island

Besides the seasonal changes, Reunion Island climate changes can be distinguished regionally. If split vertically, the west coast and the east coast present very distinct attributes. This is majorly due to the wind and the inner high peaks. The island can be weatherly separated in two:

Leeward Coast: The west and northern coast offer sunny and tropical climate conditions with fewer rainfall than the:

Windward Coast: The south and southeast regions of Reunion Island receive a cooler and rainier weather as they are exposed to the South East Trade Winds of the Indian Ocean.

USEFUL INFO Reunion Island - Flag

Population: 844,994 (2013)
Capital: Saint Denis
Total area: 2,512 km2
Language: French & Creole
Currency: Euro
Time zone: GMT +4

Indian Ocean - Reunion

WEATHER INFO

Mean summer temperature: 23 °C
Mean winter temperature: 14.6 °C
Warmest months: January - February
Cyclonic period: January-March

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

01-JAN: NEW YEAR
28-MAR: EASTER MONDAY
01-MAY: LABOUR DAY
05-MAY: ASCENSION DAY
08-MAY: WWII VICTORY DAY
16-MAY: WHITE MONDAY
14-JUL: BASTILLE DAY
15-AUG: ASSUMPTION
01-NOV: ALL SAINTS' EVE
11-NOV: ARMISTICE DAY
20-DEC: ABOLITION OF SLAVERY
25-DEC: CHRISTMAS

What to see

Saint-Gilles-les-Bains

Avec ses petites plages sympathiques, Saint Gilles les bains c’est la ville balnéaire de la Réunion. Il y a de nombreux hôtels, villas et locations de vacances pour accueillir les visiteurs venu profiter de son ensoleillement unique. Pendant longtemps, Saint-...

Reunion Places to Visit

Few kilometres from Saint Gilles lies a botanical garden of more than 2.5 ha. An afternoon walk around in the aromatised alleys amidst lush vegetation and some 700 species of plants.

Where to stay

Choose from the different types of accommodation available in Reunion. There is something for every level of comfort and budget.

Travellers and hikers will appreciated the closeness of Le Saint Pierre Hotel. This sublime 3* is just minutes away from several attractions like Le Piton de la Fournaise volcano and the National Park of Reunion Island. A privileged location offering different types of accommodation

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On Reunion Island's west coast, in the heart of the seaside resort of Saint-Gilles-les-Bains, in L’Ermitage, the TROPIC Appart'Hotel is located 80 meters from the lagoon (access by a walkway) and close to casino, sports clubs, & nightclubs.

Looking to enjoy the emerald beaches of Reunion Island? L’Archipel Residence Hôtelière is beautifully nestled between Saint-Gilles-les-Bains and the beautiful beach of Boucan Canot offering 52 studios and 12 duplex apartments.

Where to eat

Explore the best restaurants and places to eat in Reunion.

Activities
Reunion Activities

Did you know that Reunion Island has approximately 300 km of tracks for mountain-biking? Adventurers and bike enthusiasts can enjoy sensational rides over days.

Reunion Island Activities

Since the early ages of sugarcane production, rum is very much part of the island’s culture, especially traditional rum, which many distilleries still produce.

Reunion Activities

The kitesurf spots located on the west and southwest coasts of Reunion Island are the best of the Indian Ocean. Kitesurf can be learned fast and securely.

Reunion Island Activities

Surfing is a very popular activity to try in Reunion Island. This activity is mostly done on the west coast of the island which has several spots and secured zones.

Reunion Island

Sharks, tunas, marlins and many other fish species love the warmness of the Indian Ocean, especially around the west coast of Reunion Island. Are you ready for some thrilling fights?

Paragliding in Reunion

Ever dreamed of flying above a tropical island? We neither! Nonetheless, this is possible in Reunion Island, paragliding can be a sensational activity for memorable family holidays.

Reunion Activities

The seas surrounding Reunion islands offer varied seabed, wrecks alongside a lush marine geography and the coral reefs are protected by Reserve Naturel de La Reunion.

Reunion Activities

The absolute way to discover Reunion Island is by foot. The island has some 500 kilometres of trails and tracks that’s crosses amazing moonlike sceneries and lush tropical vegetation.

The rose geranium was introduced in Réunion Island around 1870. Its cultivation and distillation were improved upon mainly by a farmer of Plaine des Cafres named Boisjoly Poitier...

Tourism Services in Reunion

Tourism Service

Before travelling to Reunion, you need to know the basic facts and practical information. The same text should be put for other island pages.

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Reunion Tourism services

Tourism is an essential activity in Reunion Island. To plan your trip, find maps, check requirements, activities, sightseeing, and more, see our articles on Reunion Island. For more detailed info we recommend:

http://en.reunion.fr

TOURISM
GENERAL INFO

Visa: No visa required (3months).
Passport: valid passport required/ID card.
Health: no vaccine needed
Flight Time (UK): 11 hours
Time Zone: GMT +4
Time difference: winter +3 summer +2
Coordinates: 21° 6′ 52″ S, 55° 31′ 57″ E
Country code: +262
Currency: € Euro
Credit card: largely accepted
Coastline: 207 km
Highest peak: 3070.5m Piton des Neiges
Roads: all roads in Reunion are free of use
Driving: is to the right, driver’s seat at the left of vehicle
Road Toll: No
Mobile operators: Orange, SFR, Only, rife, ARM
Mobile coverage: International roaming (add. Costs)
Tipping: not compulsory
Electrical: Voltage 220/240 – outlets of Type C, E and F
Water: tap water is safe to drink
Bus services: island coverage (Except Mafate & Volcanic areas)

 

USEFUL NUMBERS

Tourist info: 0262 41 83 00
Mountain SAMU: 0262 93 09 30
Airline data: 0262 48 66 00
Meteorological Services: 0892 68 08 08
Police: 17
Coast Guards: 0262 43 43 43
Fire brigade: 18
National directory: 118218
SAMU Ambulances: 15