What to Expect on Reunion Island

  • 24 April 2015


An Indian Ocean Island just 2 851 km from Johannesburg; Reunion Island has been a French department since 1946. Combining island exoticism with the security and quality assuredness expected by the French, it is known all over the world for its rich and diverse heritage sites and fascinating cultural mix. Whether visiting for the beach or the green, exotic landscapes; Reunion offers thrilling experiences, awe-inspiring hikes, total relaxation, flavourful creole food, regular festivals and cultural events, and an island way of life shared between its people and its visitors.

Image credit: Natalie Roos

Its 840,000 inhabitants have origins in ten different countries on three different continents. Once a port of call on the way to India; its history was forged by travellers from Africa, Madagascar, Europe and Asia who in time settled on the island. The sugar plantations were central to establishing the island economically and culturally over the centuries.

Image credit: Natalie Roos

Mixed heritage is important to the people of Reunion, so visitors should try and discover the island with this in mind, taking time to visit museums and other places of cultural importance, savouring the delights of the island’s diverse cuisine and exploring the regular music and cultural festivals that take place on the island.

Image credit: Meruschka Govender

Since the 2012-2013 season, the Reunion Island Tourism Board has worked in partnership with tourism professionals to identify a collection of value-added cultural tourism experiences. These experiences will help you to experience life like a local on Reunion Island. Visit the full website for tour operator information.

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