The island forms an integral part of the Republic of France and is one of the 26 overseas departments of France. Reunion Island juts out of the ocean like a basaltic shield cloaked in green, and looks like a mini-Hawaii with an astounding geographical diversity.
The landscape morphs from the lava fields to some lush primary forests, from jagged peaks to numerous sprawling coastal cities. The west of the island is dotted with a long string of beach suburbs and resorts towns, like Boucan Canot.
Reunion Island is renowned in the area for its famous volcano, Piton de la Fournaise which is one of the world’s most accessible volcanoes. Depending on the nature’s whims, you might even witness the fiery-red molten lava flows during a visit on the island.
There is everything to suit everyone’s taste, you can enjoy the horse rides, enjoy some majestic mountains to trek up in the Cirques or paraglide from St Leu where you will find numerous drop-offs to dive in, big waves to surf, many extinct volcanoes to fly over and explore the different canyons.
As one of the largest islands of the Mascarene island group, Reunion Island is also a major yacht charter destination in the Indian Ocean; its principal port is called Pointe des Galets.
While visiting the island, you will have a find a taste of the Creole-flavored French culture which has been transported to a tropical setting waiting to be discovered. You will see the stunning Creole architecture in its numerous cute villages as well as its colorful religious buildings and festivals.
You can also visit the capital city of the island, St Denis, which is the main shopping area and you will find some souvenir shops in the port terminal. The local handicrafts are so beautifully made of seashells and plant fibers that it will be difficult to resist, you will also find the traditional embroideries, vanilla, spices and rum.
You will also have the opportunity to taste the traditional cuisine of the island which is a mixture of French, Indian, Chinese and Creole. Most of the dishes feature fish and crustaceans and are cooked in a spicy tomato-based sauce or with curry.