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Réunion Island

This volcanic island boasts diverse landscape - from tropical rainforests and towering waterfalls to lunar volcanic terrain and remote villages located in extinct calderas only accessible by foot.

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Reunion Island

About Réunion Island

Emerging out of the warm waters of the Indian ocean is the lost world island of Réunion. Home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world - Piton de la Fournaise, this French department boasts diverse landscapes. From tropical rainforests and towering waterfalls to lunar volcanic landscapes and remote villages located in extinct calderas only accessible by foot. The island packs a punch and calls out to thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. With an array of activities to keep the blood pumping, you can spend your days paragliding over the blue lagoon of St-Leu, hiking to the crater rim of an active volcano, diving and snorkeling through coral reefs and repelling down waterfalls on a canyoning adventure.


Réunion Island LuxVenture® Trips

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Réunion Island LuxVenture®

Hike to the rim of active volcanoes, jump off the edge of waterfalls and explore Réunion Island by helicopter on this 12 day LuxVenture®.

Duration 12 Days
Price from $2,872 - $3,760
When Feb - Sept

Everything you need to know about Réunion Island

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Location

Réunion, a volcanic island, appeared out of the Indian ocean over 3 million years ago. Located 200kms east of Mauritius, the island continues to gain ground due to the active lava flow. Réunion Island covers approximately 2,512 square kilometres of diverse landscapes boasting volcanic lunar landscapes, emerald forests, rugged mountains, crashing waterfalls, black sand beaches and buzzing coastlines. Taking up most of the east coast of the island, you will find the islands most iconic feature - the highly active - and safe - volcano, Piton de la Fournaise. With direct flights from Paris, you can reach the island from Europe within 11-hours.Flying from Africa? A 4-hour direct flight to Réunion Island is available from Johannesburg International Airport.

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Wildlife of Réunion Island

Thriving in total isolation, the tropical, volcanic island is home to an array of fauna and flora. With a geological age of less than 4 million years, wildlife is not the biggest drawcard here, but rather the geographical landscapes and the thrill of adventure. On land, you can witness an array of birdlife, lizards, butterflies and insects but the bigger animals can be spotted further afield. The surrounding waters are teeming with marine life where you can encounter a plethora of tropical fish, turtles and vivid coral reefs. Even better, you’re only a short boat ride away from encountering pantropical spotted dolphins and the more imposing humpback whale*.

* Whales flock to the island’s west coast from June to October each year.

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Best time to visit Réunion Island

  • Best time to go and why?
    Réunion Island’s hot tropical climate reaches a peak during the months of February and March and cools down from June to September. The islands diverse landscapes create over 200 microclimates from hot an arid volcanic regions to the cool mountainous calderas. The year is divided into 2 seasons, the humid wet season and cooler dry season.
  • When is high season?
    The Island is usually packed with travelers from mainland France during the French school holidays - from early July to late August and again between October and January. October and November offer the best conditions for hiking with mild temperatures and little rainfall. If you’re planning on traveling to Réunion during this time, make sure to book your accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • When is low season?
    Between the months of February and March, humidity on the island reaches a peak with the start of the cyclone season. Expect short and intense showers and parts of the islands to be inaccessible during this time.
  • When is shoulder season?
    Shoulder season on the island runs between April and May and then again in the month of September. During this time you can expect great deals on accommodation, warm weather and fewer people on the hiking trails.