Reunion Island, a French department in the Indian Ocean, is located between Madagascar and Mauritius in Africa. Reunion is officially a French Overseas territory which means its residents are French citizens, the official currency is Euro, and the official language is French.
Being a part of the EU zone makes it easy for travelers to enter Reunion island, as the visa requirement for Reunion is the same as any other place in EU and Schengen area countries. In this post, we’ll talk about the top 10 reasons why you should visit Reunion in 2021.
1- Sandy Beaches
Being an island means Reunion has a lengthy coastline with stunning beaches all over the island. You even get to choose between white sand beaches or even black sand beaches. Whichever color you prefer, Reunion island is an amazing place for relaxation beside the calm waves on a beautiful sandy beach.
2- Perfect Weather Year-round
Reunion has perfect weather year-round. From December to March, you’ll experience temperatures around 80 °F (26 °C), while in the winter months (April to November), you’ll enjoy a slightly cooler climate in the upper 60-70 °F (15-20 °C).
Whether you’re looking for a summer vacation, a winter getaway, a spring break trip, or autumn cool down, Reunion island is calling you!
3- Helicopter Flights
You would not realize how beautiful Reunion is until you book a helicopter flight (usually for 45 minutes) to show you around the island. From crystal clear water, white and black sand beaches, to never-ending jungles and breathtaking mountains, you’ll be surprised how stunning Reunion is.
4- Reunion Cuisine
Being a melting pot of cultures, you will easily find the best of each cuisine in the Reunion cuisine. Indians brought samosas and curry, while Chinese people brought Chinese dumplings (with an island twist). Mainland Africans and Europeans (Mostly French) brought a lot of spices and recipes too which eventually shaped Reunion cuisine as we know it today. Try as many dishes as you can in every region because you don’t want to regret why you didn’t when you return home from your Reunion vacation!
Also don’t forget about Reunion Rum which gets produced by the local sugarcane. You can add your desired spices to make it more suitable for your taste.
5- Fresh Fruit
Tropical areas are the best places to try fresh fruits, especially in Reunion. You could try fresh lychee, banana, coconut, pineapple, mango, and guava, There are also a lot of local fruits with a limited shelf life of a day or two which cannot get exported overseas, but you’ll have the chance of trying them in your Reunion trip.
6- Endless Hiking Trails
Having a lot of mountains throughout the region, there are about 600 miles (970 km) of marked hiking trails in Reunion that would have different views like waterfalls, canyons, up volcano walls, and lush forests. The good news is that there’s no entrance fee to enter any national park in Reunion. Plus, with about 42% of the island being national parks, it would be pretty easy to find camping sites as well.
7- Three Inhabited Canyons
During the slavery time, some of the former-slaves ran into the unknown to rescue themselves from free labor and abuse. Now, there are three villages left in the middle of Canyons that are disconnected from the rest of the places on the island. Cirque de Mafate is one of those villages that’s only accessible by hiking trails or helicopters. It has about 170 residents who built themselves some beautiful colorful houses.
The other two villages, however, Cilaos in the Southwest and Salazie on the eastern side are accessible by car thru very windy roads.
8- Scuba Diving
The bonus for whoever travels all the way to Reunion is scuba diving to spot nearly 900 species of fish and dozens of different species of coral in those crystal clear waters. However, not all scuba diving places are active year-round. The easiest dives are off the west coast near Saint Pierre and Saint Paul.
9- Abundant Nature
As mentioned earlier, Reunion is home to amazing nature where you can see tall mountains, jungles, waterfalls, and beaches. If you’re a nature lover, you want to book your flight to Reunion, right now, as you’re in for an unforgettable treat!
Reunion is home to Indians, Europeans, Africans, and Chinese people who all call this amazing island, their home. People in Reunion are very friendly and helpful if you need help. The bonus part is that you get to experience a lot of different cultures, all under one roof.
11 thoughts on “Top 10 reasons to visit Reunion, a French Department”
Sounds like another cool hidden gem!
Right. There are still a lot of hidden gems I should write about! lol!
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I bet you’re pretty busy with your new life and its challenges, eh?
You should! And yes, I’ve been a hot mess since as you may know it takes a MINIMUM of 2 months to get settled in a new country. We say “hey” in Calgary 😝
lol! Yeah, it took me about 6 months each time I moved to feel like I was settled. You’re probably a lot more organized than I am,
Positive energy +++++++
Well, it’s a variable situation, but as long as everyone involved pitches in, it goes faster. Plus, we aren’t working, and with the pandemic we had to change things up. And it’s the 4th time I’ve moved, so you get better at it
And thanks! 😊
I like that they’re still parts of the world that haven’t been robbed of nature because of human presence or expansion. Reunion is an impressive place on the African continent and Hey, have you heard of Tuvalu? It’s the smallest country in the world and also an expansive collection of islands and beach sands.
Yes, I also have a post about Tuvalu. You can read it using the link below:
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You’re welcome! I’ll check it out.
What an informative post about Reunion.
I didn’t even know such a beautiful island exists!
Glad to know you liked the post.
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