Reunion Island is the ultimate destination for the adventure-seeking South African traveller looking for a destination that's a little "off-the-beaten-track". The island is located in the Indian Ocean and is a French overseas territory. If you're picturing a desert island inhabited by little more than palm trees, think again. Reunion has a French infrastructure and a distinctly French-Creole culture. Here are 5 more questions you're likely to ask about our Island of Adventure, answered.
5 of Your Questions About Reunion Island Answered
1 How do I get to Reunion Island?
Depending on where you’re flying from, you can get to Roland-Garros International Airport via an easy direct flight. Air Austral flies from Johannesburg up to three times per week, depending on the season. The flight is only 4 hours long and South African citizens can visit for up to three months without applying for a visa. To book your flight, visit www.air-austral.com.
2 Do I need to hire a car?
Getting around on Reunion Island is easiest with your own car, although there is public transport available on the island. There are 17 bus routes, which run regularly around the main routes of the island. If you do plan on renting a car, make sure to book it ahead of your visit, as there are a limited number of cars available on the island. Don’t forget to book a GPS system when you book your car. You can find more information on the bus routes at www.carjaune.re and more information on car rental companies here.
3 Where should I stay on the island?
This really depends on what you would like to see and experience during your stay on the island. Saint-Gilles, located on the west coast, is the island’s “resort town” where you will find lots of nice bars and restaurants, as well as a big grocery store, boulangeries, patisseries and pharmacies. It’s the perfect location to base yourself, as you’re close to the lagoon and the island’s beautiful beaches, and you can easily explore the rest of the island by car.
4.What’s the best time of year to visit?
The weather is warm year-round, but can be vastly different in different parts of the island. The peak of summer is during the months of January and February, when temperatures on the west coast reach over 30°, with bursts of rain that can be heavy but are over quickly. The island gets very busy around European holidays, so plan ahead if you would like to visit over the European summer or Christmas period. The shoulder season periods, from April to May and October to November are ideal because the weather is mild and the island is less busy.
5.What is there to do on the island?
There is so much to see and do in just 2500km²! From swimming and snorkelling to hiking, running and cycling and let’s not forget about the cultural activities and the food! For a detailed example itinerary, see our Ultimate 7-Day Itinerary here.