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An island of true contrasts, the French department of Reunion is unknown to many of the world's travelers. That's unfortunate! This unique island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is simply one of the most intriguing spots on earth.

Not as well-known as nearby Mauritius or the not-so-far-away British Seychelles, little Reunion seems but a speck in the vast ocean, dwarfed by Madagascar, located 500 miles to the west. The French know the island well but only the very well-traveled have ever stepped foot on Reunion's varied and enticing terrain.




With an active volcano on its south coast, 17 miles of warm, welcoming beaches in the west, and lots of mountains and forests in between, Reunion Island offers vacation opportunities ranging from relaxing to truly insane. If you're looking for a place to "chill out", you'll find it here. But if you're the kind of vacationer who prefers an adrenaline rush over a sunburn, the possibilities are endless. From hiking Reunion's unique "cirques" or canyoning the island's many waterfalls to scuba diving or surfing in the clear waters that surround this tiny 30-mile-wide island, adventure activities abound for vacationers hoping to do something a little daring while on their Reunion holiday.



Visiting an island out in the middle of the Indian Ocean might seem like a scary proposition, but if you keep a few tips in mind and plan properly, your trip to Reunion Island will no doubt result in a hassle-free, enjoyable holiday.

Packing – The climate of Reunion is tropical, so for those who are travelling to the island from the Northern Hemisphere, it will feel like summer. Average coastal temperatures range from 21 to 27 degrees Celcius but higher interior elevations will be somewhat cooler. Remember to pack a light jacket and rainwear in your suitcase and bring comfortable walking or hiking shoes. Mosquitoes can be a problem here, so clothes that cover your limbs, especially at night, are recommended.


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