With its origins in Africa, India, China and Europe, the Reunionese people is an exception in today’s world, where differences are often a source of conflict. Through their religions, customs and traditional knowledge, the different communities bring values of tolerance and respect to Reunionese life. With a population expected to reach one million by 2030, the island can be proud to see its people living in hamony.
Located in the southern hemisphere, Reunion Island has a tropical climate, softened by the proximity of the Indian Ocean. The temperature on the coats varies between 65°F (18°C) and 90°F (32°C). It is sunny all year round. The summer: from November to April, it’s the hot, humid season. At altitude, the temperature varies between 59°F (15°C) and 75°F (24°C). The winter: from May to October, it’s the cool season. At altitude, the temperature may fall as low as 39°F (4°C) and rarely goes above 77°F (25°C). Above 1800 m (6 000 ft), frost is common, especially at night in July and August.
Do not be surprised to set eyes on a Christian church, a Tamil temple, a Muslim mosque, a Hindu temple or an African or Malagasy place of workship. Throughout the year, the different communities’ festivals are celebrated with respect.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The water is drinkable everywhere. Health services are provided throughout the island, in line with French standards. Reunion Island is the emergency medical platform for the entire Indian Ocean. All health professionals are available and there are 20 health facilities (hospitals and clinics) that accept the same medical insurance as mainland France. These facilities are equipped with sophisticated and modern equipment. Mediacal emergency service: dial 15.
Travelers can enjoy European standards high quality facilities. By car or by public transport, it is easy to get around the island. It is necessary to hold a European or international driver licence. The road network has 395 km of main roads, 800 km of minor roads and nearly 2000 km of municipal roads. This provides excellent drive conditions. Like in Europe, you must drive on the right, and laws are consistent with the French ones.
NOT TO BE MISSED
North: Domaine du Grand Hazier (Vanilla plantation), creole houses in rue de Paris in Saint-Denis
West: The lagoon, Saint-Paul’s outdoor market, village of Petite France/ Maïdo, Kelonia marine turtle observatory, Jardin Botanique de La Réunion (botanic garden).
South:Saint-Pierre by night, Entre-Deux, lifestyle and authenticity, la Saga du Rhum (museum and rum distillery), Manapany “a charming little place”, Cap Méchant.
East: Volcanic lava flows and Notre-Dame-des-Laves, Anse des Cascades, Grand Étang, tamil temples.
And of course, the 3 cirques:Mafate, Salazie, Cilaos ;the volcano and Plaine des Sables.