A small paradise in the Indian Ocean and a playground for hikers, Reunion Island is a jewel a few hours flight from the metropolis. A mixture of colours and scents, the one we call "the intense island" is a marvel for the five senses. The eyes never tire of admiring the waves of the coral reef crashing into the sand in the varied colours of the beaches of the Hermitage, Saint-Pierre, Grande-Anse or Boucan-Canot, while the rhythm of the Sega and the intensity of the Maloya, the ancient song of the slaves, rock your ears. The tourist guide of Reunion Island takes you along the coast where the markets go up every day to offer the traveller's taste buds the chance to taste the countless exotic fruits and vegetables of which one trip will not be enough to discover: guava, pitaya, chouchou, longani or even the letchi which makes the joy of the Reunionese every summer. The sun heats up and the skin revels in the freshness of the waterfalls of Salazie, Langevin or Saint-Benoît. Finally, along the coasts, the intoxicating smell of frangipani titillates the nostrils and finishes capsizing the hearts. From beaches to mountain peaks, Reunion Island is steeped in dramatic landscapes, including the highest peak, the Piton des Neiges, which rises to an altitude of 3,070 m and is undoubtedly the best place to observe the sunrise over the sea in the East or its setting in the West. From there, above the sea of clouds, points the summit of the Piton de la Fournaise, whose eruptions are the delight of the luckiest travellers.

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When to go to Réunion?

The high tourist season extends from October to April, at least for Metropolitans who come to Reunion Island for the sun when it is cold at home. But there are also the school holidays of the Reunionese, who fill planes and hotels and raise prices, especially from 20 December to the end of January and from mid-July to mid-August. These two cumulative effects make the period from the beginning of November to the end of January the period when booking is most imperative for any accommodation, car or plane, because otherwise it remains only the most expensive

Namely that a New Year's Eve in Reunion Island is an unforgettable moment, to be celebrated on the beaches of the West Coast.

How to go to Réunion? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many tour operators offer thematic tours: hiking, culture, beaches, volcanoes. The stays generally last between 10 and 15 days and give you a very nice overview of the island and its richness. Stays are sometimes offered with an excursion to the neighbouring islands: Mayotte, Mauritius, Rodrigues or Madagascar.

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Reunion Island does not present any difficulties for independent travellers. Hotels and restaurants are extremely varied and operate as in metropolitan France. In the same way, travel is easy and the locals are happy to offer their help in case of difficulty. Hiking enthusiasts should ensure that they monitor weather forecasts and report their intentions if they are travelling alone

By bus. The yellow bus network serves most of the island, and sometimes combines with other more localized companies. Anyway, any destination is reachable for a few euros

In the car. It is the means of transport that gives you the most freedom and will allow you to access hiking departures. There are many car rental companies but in high season it is better to book well in advance to avoid surprises.

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Transportation
  • Airport/Station car parks
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The high tourist season extends from October to April, at least for Metropolitans who come to Reunion Island f...
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Weather forecast

Reunion being in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to the Metropolis: winter is in July Augu...
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Budget

Reunion Island uses the euro. By adding the price of the ticket and the cost of the stay on site (about the prices of...
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Formalities

Anyone of French nationality can enter and leave Reunion Island at will, and stay as long as they wish, provided they...
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Health

The level of care is equivalent to that of the Metropolitan area, reliable and extremely functional. Your metr...
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How to travel by yourself?

Reunion Island does not present any difficulties for independent travellers. Hotels and restaurants are extremely var...
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How to get organized?

Many tour operators offer thematic tours: hiking, culture, beaches, volcanoes. The stays generally last between 10 an...
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Getting around

By bus. The yellow bus network serves most of the island, and sometimes combines with other more localized com...
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