Welcome to Reunion Island, where unrivalled natural beauty, fascinating culture, crystalline beaches and unforgettable experiences await. Surrounded by the sparkling sapphire waters of the warm Indian Ocean, Reunion offers all the serenity of an idyllic island holiday, and so much more. Expect an eclectic mix of cultures, with everything from Buddhist traditions, Asian cuisine and distinctive reflections of the island’s rich French Heritage. With its impressive mix of volcanic landscapes, pristine beaches, tropical forests and awe-inspiring cirques, it’s not surprising that nearly half the island has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reunion Island is located 800km/497miles from Madagascar and 210km/130miles west from Mauritius. The mother-tongue of Reunion is Creole, although French is the official language. The island is has a population of 900 000 spread over an area of 2 512km2 /1 560miles2 and is a French overseas department. Discover the many wonders of Reunion with World Leisure Holidays. Our incredible holiday packages are the perfect way to experience this unique island in style. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, family holiday or partying with friends, you’ll find it with us.
Roland Garros International Airport near Saint-Denis is the main airport. Distances from the airport to some popular destinations on the island include: Saint-Gilles-les-Bains: 50km Mafate Circque: 62.2km Saint-Denis: 4.5km Sainte-Suzanne: 16km La Possession: 24.4km Saint-Pierre: 87km Saint-Benoît: 50km
Reunion has a tropical climate with year-round sunny skies and warm ocean water. There is a hot and humid season from November to April during which the temperature can reach up to 30⁰C. The cool and dry season is from May to October. Bring light summer clothing during the day, with warm layers for the evening.
Reunion offers a myriad shopping opportunities with everything from authentic local handicrafts, spices and scents to artfully crafted furniture in the classic French colonial style. Wander the local street market at St Paul’s for lace and embroidery, coral jewellery, rum, vanilla and extracts of vetiver, geranium and ylang-ylang. Browse the boutiques of Rue du Maréchal-Leclerc, Rue Jean-Chatel and Rue Juliette-Dodu in Saint-Denis, and take home a piece of Reunion’s unique culture, colour and craftsmanship
Reunion Island offers a world of sights and adventures in one place. Nature lovers can traverse nearly 1000km of hiking trails along the island’s breathtaking cirques, plains and volcanos. Outdoor enthusiasts can scuba dive, go canyoning, paragliding and snorkelling in crystalline lagoons and clear ocean waters. Leisure seekers can soak up some sun on pristine beaches, indulge in local cuisine and sway to Moloya music at the many festivals that take place around the island. Here are some of the most spectacular sightseeing spots on the island: Canyoning and hiking in Cirque de Salazie The fairy-tale town of Hell-Bourg St-Gilles-les-Bains Piton de la Fournaise Volcano Plage de L’Hermitage The vibrant city of St-Pierre Capital city St-Denis Takamaka and Le Maïdo Viewpoints
SA passport holders do not require a visa to enter Reunion. Confirm your country’s visa requirements with your local embassy and ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your visit. Those on honeymoon should take a copy of their marriage certificate with them.
Reunion is a malaria-free destination. It is advisable to pack an adequate supply of essentials such as painkillers, insect repellent, plasters, sun block, antihistamines, anti-nausea and anti-diarrheal medication. Because of the tropical climate, it’s recommended that you wear plenty of sunscreen during the day, as well as a broad-brimmed hat or cap. It is not recommend to drink the tap water, so buy bottled water instead.
You are advised to obtain travel insurance covering personal accident, medical expenses, emergency repatriation, baggage loss, theft and loss of funds through cancellation or curtailment. If you plan to go diving, or take part in any other potentially dangerous activities such as abseiling, canyoning rafting etc., consider taking out a policy that covers this as well. Speak to your travel agent about the various options available.
No airport tax is levied on passengers upon leaving the airport. There are certain duty-free allowances for people over the age of 17. These include 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco, 1 litre of spirits over 22% volume or 2 litres of spirits up to 22% volume, 4 litres of wine, 50ml of perfume or 250ml of Eau de Toilette. Exceeding duty-free allowances may result in extra duty charges or confiscation of goods.
The roads are well kept and driving is a great way of exploring the island. There are several car-hire services available and a French or international driver’s license is required. Driving is done on the right-hand side of the road and French driving rules and regulations apply.
Indulge in the serene island surrounds with relaxing treatments at our luxury hotel spas. Unwind as skilled masseurs provide heavenly Swedish massages with essential oils, sink into rejuvenating Jacuzzis, refresh your senses in soothing steam rooms and reawaken your body and mind amidst the natural beauty of Reunion.
Couples in search of a passionate wedding or honeymoon destination need look no further than enchanting Reunion Island. Choose from a selection of packages that will sweep you away on a romantic experience unlike any other, while our dedicated wedding team takes care of the rest.
The following bank cards are accepted on the island: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, Eurocard, American Express and Carte Bleue. Banks and ATMs issue cash in Euros.