Located in the southwest of the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island a little outpost of France that bundles nature’s best. Never an Island had so well wore its name; Reunion Island, a gathering of natural gems, culture and sensation. Labelled as Intense Island, this French oversea department is to be discovered in some quite extraordinary ways.
In the centre of the island like on its coasts, nature is generously exposed. The biodiversity of the island is kept alive by Le Piton de La Fournaise. This millenary volcano has been active since it was discovered and continuously adds metres to the island’s shores at each major eruption. The volcano and other Pitons, Cirques and Remparts form La Reunion National Park. This mosaic of ecosystems covers more than an area of more than 100,000 ha, that is to say 40% of Reunion Island is classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Just like her sister-island Mauritius, Reunion flirts with the Tropic of Capricorn. A warm subtropical climate prevails on the island nearly all year round. The microclimate in Reunion Island provides poles apart sceneries and multitude of activities that can be done. The west, north and southern coasts of the island enjoy from an intensely sunny climate which coincides with the presence of beautiful stretches of beaches. The east and inner region of the island however display quite a contrasting environment with cloudy, rainy and windy conditions.
Summer in Reunion Island is from November to April. During this period, water temperature is at its best in the lagoon or waterfalls alike. These weather conditions also bring some rainfall concentrated over short periods.
Wintertime is characterised by cooler temperatures of 24 to 25°C on coastal regions while in the east and as we move inland and up, the thermometer can at times drop to 0°C.
When to visit Reunion Island
Besides the seasonal changes, Reunion Island climate changes can be distinguished regionally. If split vertically, the west coast and the east coast present very distinct attributes. This is majorly due to the wind and the inner high peaks. The island can be weatherly separated in two:
Leeward Coast: The west and northern coast offer sunny and tropical climate conditions with fewer rainfall than the:
Windward Coast: The south and southeast regions of Reunion Island receive a cooler and rainier weather as they are exposed to the South East Trade Winds of the Indian Ocean.
Population: 844,994 (2013)
Capital: Saint Denis
Total area: 2,512 km2
Language: French & Creole
Time zone: GMT +4
Mean summer temperature: 23 °C
Mean winter temperature: 14.6 °C
Warmest months: January – February
Cyclonic period: January-March
01-JAN: NEW YEAR
28-MAR: EASTER MONDAY
01-MAY: LABOUR DAY
05-MAY: ASCENSION DAY
08-MAY: WWII VICTORY DAY
16-MAY: WHITE MONDAY
14-JUL: BASTILLE DAY
01-NOV: ALL SAINTS’ EVE
11-NOV: ARMISTICE DAY
20-DEC: ABOLITION OF SLAVERY
Tourist info: 0262 41 83 00
Mountain SAMU: 0262 93 09 30
Airline data: 0262 48 66 00
Meteorological Services: 0892 68 08 08
Coast Guards: 0262 43 43 43
Fire brigade: 18
National directory: 118218
SAMU Ambulances: 15
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Tourism is an essential activity in Reunion Island. To plan your trip, find maps, check requirements, activities, sightseeing, and more, see our articles on Reunion Island. For more detailed info we recommend:
Visa: No visa required (3months).
Passport: valid passport required/ID card.
Health: no vaccine needed
Flight Time (UK): 11 hours
Time Zone: GMT +4
Time difference: winter +3 summer +2
Coordinates: 21° 6′ 52″ S, 55° 31′ 57″ E
Country code: +262
Currency: € Euro
Credit card: largely accepted
Coastline: 207 km
Highest peak: 3070.5m Piton des Neiges
Roads: all roads in Reunion are free of use
Driving: is to the right, driver’s seat at the left of vehicle
Road Toll: No
Mobile operators: Orange, SFR, Only, rife, ARM
Mobile coverage: International roaming (add. Costs)
Tipping: not compulsory
Electrical: Voltage 220/240 – outlets of Type C, E and F
Water: tap water is safe to drink
Bus services: island coverage (Except Mafate & Volcanic areas)