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Useful information before travelling

Everything you need to know to explore the island

Before planning a trip, it’s always important to find out about the place you plan on going to. The climate, the places of interest, local expressions, the time difference are all things you need to consider, to make sure you have the best possible time! And Reunion Island is no exception to the rule! It is precisely the cultural, geographic and climatic characteristics of Reunion Island that make this ultimate island so unique. So to really get the most out of the treasures of Reunion Island, here is all the useful information you’ll need for your trip to the island. 

One island, several climates

The diverse levels of altitude on the island also mean diverse climates. Reunion Island has a tropical climate and you can be sure of sunny days all year long, but some days can be slightly colder up in the highlands and there are some rainy days on the coasts. There are two main seasons on the island: austral summer from November to April and austral winter from May to October. 

During the summer period, the temperature in the daytime is over 30° and there are sometimes cyclones (once or twice a year, never more than once in one day, on average). 

In austral winter, the temperatures are lower. On the coast, temperatures vary from 22° to 24° and in the “highlands”, between 5° and 15°.

A variety of landscapes

Reunion Island was created several million years ago due to volcanic activity, and the landscapes there are just as unique as they are varied. Reunion Island is at the heart of the Indian Ocean, in the Mascarenes Islands. It is an island paradise and home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Piton de la Fournaise, as well as the extinct Piton des Neiges, the peak of the island. On Reunion Island, the wildlife is incredible around the Cirques of Mafate, Salazie and Cilaos, and there are some great beaches along the 210 kilometres of Reunion Island coastline.

A unique language

Whether we are talking about the geography or culture, the ultimate island is truly unique. One of these unique characteristics is the Creole language. The official language of Reunion Island is French but the real language there is the one that best represents the culture and history of Reunion Island, the Créole language. Many people across the island speak this language, that was inherited from the different populations that settled on Reunion Island. The French, Malagasy, African and Indian communities each contributed their own words and expressions and created the Créole language, a unique language that symbolises the melting pot that is Reunion Island.