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Reunion Island

Country Facts

Reunion is a French island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island. Little-known volcanic Réunion boasts the highest mountain in the Indian Ocean and one of the world's most active volcanoes. It is a cultural gem with stunning Creole architecture, blended with French, Indian, African and Chinese influences. Explore its lush interior and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery. Enjoy its spectacular 17 mile coastline, with incredibly clear waters for scuba diving and snorkeling. Go dolphin spotting and explore the Cirques (imposing natural amphitheatres created by erosion and volcanism) of Cilanos, Salazie and Mafate, and the active volcano Piton-de-la-Fournaise. Come, Reunion beckons.

  • Capital: Saint-Denis
  • Official Languages: Creole and French
  • Government: Overseas department of France
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Zone: Reunion Island is 3 hours 30 minutes behind India
  • Electricity: The electrical current is 220/240 volts AC 50 HZ. Do carry a universal adapter with you.

When To Go

Best time to visit: May to November

What To Do

What to eat and drink

Influenced by India, China, France, Madagascar and the African mainland the local food is interesting and exotic. Common foods include Achards - pickled vegetables, Bonbons Piment - chilli dumplings and Chinese-style meat balls. Try specialties like Rougail - seafood with sauces, Cari - unique duck, eel and octopus curry with rice, Brèdes - a local vegetable like spinach, Cabri Massalé - a spicy goat dish. Drink Rhum arrangé – spiced white rum.


There are many shops and boutiques on Rue du Maréchal-Leclerc, Rue Jean-Chatel and Rue Juliette-Dodu in St Denis offering French products and local handicrafts of lace and embroidery, coral jewellery and basketwork. St Paul’s has a street market, every Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Buy woodcarvings, curios, locally produced wines and rum and vanilla.


Reunion Island has surprisingly good nightlife; it’s much more vibrant than you’d expect. Theatres, nightclubs, casinos, pubs, bars, cabarets and floor shows – name it and Réunion has it on offer. Local music groups put up live performances of reggae, segae and malogue.



Travel Tips


Tourist Visa for Indian nationals is available for stays of up to 15 days. Buy an entire package tour (flight + accommodation) from TBi. TBi will then contact an incoming agency on Reunion Island with a license to request visa waivers.

By Air

Air Austral flies directly to Reunion Island from Chennai. Another option is to fly on Air Mauritius from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore & Chennai via Mauritius.

By Road

The east side of the island has a normal coast road. On the west side the highway connects from Saint-Denis to Saint-Pierre or as it is called the coastal road. An International driving license is required. Reunion Island has left hand side driving.

  • Bring light clothes, but don't forget a warm jumper or fleece depending on the season and a good anorak if you're planning on trekking in the mountains, spending the night at a high altitude or getting up to see the sun rise at the Piton des Neiges or the volcano at dawn…
  • Indispensable: sunhat or cap, sunglasses, sun cream, swimsuit, trainers or hiking boots.
  • Recommended: loose-fitting clothing which covers arms and legs to avoid mosquito bites as the austral summer nights fall.
  • Importing fresh fruit, vegetables or seeds is strictly prohibited, so don't bring your hosts any flowers!

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