Réunion Island, an overseas department of France located in the Indian Ocean, lies east of Madagascar and is part of the Mascarene Islands group (which also includes Mauritius, Rodrigues, and Seychelles). Although relatively small, it still offers tourists much to see and do during their vacation. Here are just four reasons why you should consider visiting Réunion Island on your next trip to the tropics!
The tropical climate
If you’re looking for a tropical climate, Réunion Island is a great option. The island is located in the Indian Ocean, just east of Madagascar. The weather is warm year-round, with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. rainfall is heaviest from November to April, but even during the wet season, there are plenty of sunny days. Hurricanes are rare, but do occur from time to time. For example, Tropical Cyclone Cook crossed the island in 2006. Fortunately it was downgraded to a storm before it made landfall and caused significant damage. In contrast, Cyclone Gaja wreaked havoc on nearby Mauritius last October.
A Caribbean vibe
Réunion Island is a French island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius. The island has a population of about 844,000 people and an area of 2,512 square kilometers. It is volcanic in origin and its highest point is Piton des Neiges, which is 3,069 meters above sea level. The climate on the island is tropical, with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
An abundance of activities
If you’re looking for a vacation destination that has an abundance of activities, Réunion Island is the place for you. From hiking and canyoning to surfing and snorkeling, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget about the food! Réunion Island is known for its Creole cuisine, which is a delicious blend of French and African flavors. Some popular dishes include callaloo (a soup made from green leaves, salt pork or ham hock, onion, garlic and pepper), steamed crayfish in a ginger-garlic sauce with coconut milk and fresh ginger root or griot marinière (pork cubes sauteed in oil with allspice). There are also tons of local markets where you can pick up some souvenirs and enjoy some fresh fruit juice.
A French touch
From its food to its culture, Réunion Island has a distinctly French touch that sets it apart from other nearby vacation destinations. And that’s just one of the many reasons to consider this beautiful island for your next getaway. There are so many natural attractions here that you’ll never be bored, like surfing and fishing off La Passe beach or exploring Ile de la Passe and Le Cirque de Salazie. You’ll want to spend at least three days exploring this beautiful place!