Brief Description

A part of France and European Union in the Indian Ocean

Reunion island is a wildly tropical Island with spectacular scenery located in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. In french: « La Reunion » is an island and overseas département of France, about 240 km southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island. Reunion is also one of the 26 régions of France with the same status as those situated on the European mainland. As part of France, Réunion is part of the European Union, and thus the currency used is the Euro.

A mountainous island with an active volcano

The island is 39 miles (63 kilometers) long; 28 miles (45 kilometers) wide; and covers 970 square miles (2512 square kilometres). It is similar to the island Hawaii insofar as both are located above hotspots in the Earth’s crust. Piton de la Fournaise, a shield volcano on the eastern end of Réunion Island, rises more than 8565 feet (2611 meters) above sea level and is sometimes called a sister to Hawaiian volcanoes because of the similarity of climate and volcanic nature, has erupted more than 100 times since 1640 and is under constant monitoring. It most recently erupted on april 2007. La Fournaise is created by a hot spot volcano, which also created the Piton des Neiges and the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues. Piton des Neiges volcano, the highest point on the island at 10069 feet (3070 meters) above sea level, is northwest of Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Collapsed calderas and canyons are southwest of the mountain. Like Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii, Piton des Neiges is extinct. Despite its name, snow practically never falls on the summit.

Three inhabited caldera and primary forest

The slopes of both volcanoes are heavily forested. Cultivated land and cities like the capital city of Saint-Denis are concentrated on the surrounding coastal lowlands. Reunion also has three calderas: the Cirque de Salazie, the Cirque de Cilaos and the Cirque de Mafate. The latter is accessible only by foot or helicopter.

Reunion National Park won UNESCO’s World Heritage status

Reunion Island won UNESCO’s World Heritage status within its National Park in August 2010. The Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island site coincides with the core zone of La Réunion National Park. The property covers more than 100,000 ha or 40 % of La Réunion.

Picnic area in the Cirque de Cilaos

View of a picnic area in the Cirque de Cilaos. The little path linking the secluded village of Ilet a Corde to the spa...

Mosses in the undergrowth of the high forest

In the undergrowth of the high forest, the ground is often covered with a thick layer of vegetation consisting of various mosses. The remarkable...

The limpid water of the Eastern rivers

The water of Reunion Island’s eastern rivers is often limpid, particularly after a few days of heavy rains, which is not unusual in this...