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Exotic Reunion Island


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Imagine an exotic holiday destination, on a beautifully wild island, in which a multicoloured society consisting of people with different ethnic backgrounds live together peacefully. The result – an enriching kaleidoscopic culture; amidst raw nature.

Exotic Holiday Reunion Island 3
Exotic Holiday Reunion Island 1

Lying in the azure waters of the warm Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Madagascar, is a rugged island that is the result of volcanic activity which began around five million years ago.

Water Activities  Reunion Island

Much like Hawaii, this tropical island is located above a hotspot in the Earth’s crust and it was from here that lava erupted to form a huge cone and gradually, with successive eruptions and much erosion, became the island that is still evolving today.

Piton De La Fournaise  Reunion Island
Piton de la Fournaise

“Peak of the Furnace,” one of the world’s most active, productive and accessible volcanoes

The volcanic island was uninhabited, until the 16th century, when discovered by the Portuguese. It was later claimed by the French and to this day it remains a French colony. Since its inception, the French colony’s social fabric has been fused by centuries of immigration, creating the vibrant blend of Creole, African, Indian, Malay, Chinese and French that exists today in the casual multi-ethnic atmosphere. This has seemingly led to a wealth of cultural treasures, from architectural to historical sites, colourful religions to colonial buildings and lively festivals that epitomise what the unified island lifestyle is all about.

Reunion Island Volcano

The exotic holiday destination that is Réunion Island offers experiences ranging from relaxing to the truly insane.


Unwind and reconnect with yourself as you explore the scenically magical island. The astonishing diversity of landscape consists of majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, hot springs, lush forests, awe-inspiring panoramas, idyllic beaches being lapped by turquoise waters as well as the formidable Piton de la Fournaise, or “Peak of the Furnace,” one of the world’s most active, productive and accessible volcanoes. And that’s not all, the island’s most enticing natural formations are its three cirques – these are often referred to as natural amphitheaters and attract those intrepid explorers seeking out true adventure. Being surrounded by and getting lost in all this grandeur is truly an enriching experience.

Reunion Island Exotic Holiday Diving

With its varied terrain, Réunion Island offers inspirational hiking trails. From simple nature trails to more challenging, multi-day hikes and iconic summits, there is something for everyone. For those looking for more exertion, paragliding, mountain biking, rafting and canyoning will make you feel ever so alive; whilst the island’s diving experiences will leave you in awe.

With its varied terrain, Réunion Island offers inspirational hiking trails.

Reunion Island Hike

Interrupt your life and immerse yourself in all that this beautiful mosaic of ecosystems and landscape features has to offer.


For those interested in discovering more uncharted and exotic holiday destinations click here.

Joey Cameron
Written by
Joseph Cameron

NYC based, South African transplant, Joey Cameron, is a freelance writer, travel-nerd, natural food enthusiast, personal trainer and brand owner. Characterised by an insatiable hunger for passport stamps and a somewhat strange (non)sense of humour, he can found regularly scanning the skies for ways to up, up and getaway.


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