Where in the world is Reunion Island?

  • 31 July 2015

There are few places in the world able to boast being home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world; the Piton de la Fournaise on Reunion Island has erupted on average twice a year since 1998, yet remains one of the island’s most exciting features and top tourist attractions.

It is safe to view due to its position on the island, a spectacular sight for any traveller and – remarkably – is situated in the Reunion National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is also one of the most studied volcanoes in the world, monitored closely by the international scientific community.

The big question on everyone’s lips as this news makes the rounds is “where in the world is Reunion Island?

Reunion Island is a French overseas department. It is a fairly small island in the southern Indian Ocean, just off the east coast of Madagascar and only 45 minutes from Mauritius by air but you can fly direct from most major centres around the globe such as Paris and Bangkok, Marseille, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Rodrigues, the Comores, Madagascar and Johannesburg.

In fact, for South Africans Reunion Island is a mere four hour flight journey from Johannesburg with Air Austral.

La Reunion is also not your typical island destination, offering more than just rest and relaxation – Reunions inhabitants hail from ten different countries and the native Creole culture is blossoming on the island, it is an outdoor and adventure mecca, boasts a plethora of land-living and marine wildlife, and the creative and artisanal offerings are out of this world.

From lunar landscapes to clear blue lagoons and lush tropical forests, French-Indian Ocean Island Réunion is the ultimate travellers Island. 

Don’t believe us? Check out this clip:


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