Reunion Island (La Réunion in French) has a vastly different personality from the better-known Indian Ocean islands such as Mauritius and Seychelles. Its rugged beauty means endless adventure, from hiking in the great tropical outdoors and scaling one of the world’s most active volcanoes to scuba diving through exquisite coral reefs. There is an exotic flavour to explore in every corner to satisfy your wanderlust.
ABOUT REUNION ISLAND
On top of that, Reunion Island is a pretty safe place to travel, offering the facilities of a European country: simple entry procedures, health safeguards, modern telecommunications and a familiar currency – the Euro. You’ll also find an international airport, high-quality tourism infrastructure, European standards, exceptional UNESCO World Heritage sites, a national park covering nearly half of the island. As for the a friendly and easy-going population, discover a rich and original Creole identity born from an intriguing cultural melting pot.
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Area: French overseas territory. Reunion Island lies in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Madagascar. At 2,500 square kilometers, it is the largest of the Mascarene islands. High plains separate two volcanoes, one of them being the Piton de la Fournaise, one the world’s most active, which is also a World Heritage site. Climatic variations range from humid to dry tropical to Mediterranean. The capital is Saint Denis.
Languages: French (official), Creole.
Religions: Christianism (main), Hinduism, Islam. Chinese folk religion and Buddhism also represented.
Population: Over 885,000. It’s a multicultural society composed of people originally from France, Mozambique, India, China, Madagascar, and the Comores. Islanders use their ethnic origins to define themselves as Cafres (African ancestry) Zoreilles (born in mainland France), Malbars or Tamouls (from Tamil Nadu southern India), Zarabes (from Gujarat in northern India), Chinois (from China), Malgaches (from Madagascar), Comores (from Comores), Petits blancs (poor rural whites living in the highlands), or Creoles blancs (white landowners).
The term Creole today also applies to people with a mixed ethnic background. All the residents of the island are administratively French citizens.
Airlines: Air Austral, Air France, Air Mauritius, Air Madagascar, Corsair international, XL Airways France, French Bee