Experiencing Réunion

Réunion is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean (map), 200km southwest of Mauritius. Famed for its stunning beaches, lush forests and rugged volcanic landscapes, Réunion has always been high on my list of places to visit. As a child, I would stare endlessly at photos of its otherworldly terrain of jagged peaks piercing through the clouds, smoldering volcanoes and palm-fringed beaches. Today, I leave for a nine-day trip to Réunion; another dream come true!

The village of Cilaos on Réunion (image courtesy of  Philippe Vieux-Jeanton).

The village of Cilaos on Réunion (image courtesy of Philippe Vieux-Jeanton).

A bit about Réunion and what I hope to do there

Piton de la Fournaise (image courtesy of Réunion Tourism).

Piton de la Fournaise (image courtesy of Réunion Tourism).

Réunion is an overseas department of France. So, technically, I’m going to France! Haha! Réunion is one of the 27 regions of France, making it the outermost region of the European Union! French is the official language and the Euro is the currency used. The island’s population of less than 900,000 is comprised of a mix of French, Indian, Chinese and African origins. The highest point on the island is the 3,070m peak of Piton des Neiges, an extinct volcano. Another prominent peak in Réunion is Piton de la Fournaise, a shield volcano that’s one of the most active in the world – it’s currently active so I’m hoping to see some lava flows (from a safe distance of course!). Surrounding these volcanoes are a variety of impressive canyons and calderas, all covered in dense tropical foliage.

Needless to say, I’m so looking forward to experiencing Réunion and witnessing its grand beauty up close. I’ll be cooking with the locals, hiking in the forests and through ancient lava tunnels, lazing on the beach (cocktail in hand of course) and driving around the island with a group of blogger friends. Follow us as we explore Réunion together. We’ll be sharing our experiences via our Twitter, facebook and Instagram channels, using the hashtag #GoToReunion.

To get to Réunion, I’ll first fly to Paris where I’ll board an Air Austral Boeing 777 for an 11-hour flight. Air Austral is the premier airline to Réunion. Based at Roland Garros Airport on Réunion, the airline flies to various Indian Ocean, European and Asian destinations. I’m so excited!!!

This trip is going to be pretty epic so don’t forget to tag along via #GoToReunion! Oh, if you’re interested to know more about the island, check out the Réunion Tourism site and their brand new Réunion blog!

Note: the #GoToReunion campaign is a collaboration between iambassador, Réunion Tourism Board and Air Austral. As always, opinions expressed are mine, and mine only.

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8 Responses to “Experiencing Réunion”

  1. Keith Jenkins 23/10/2014 1:18 pm
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    Hi Vaida,
    I loved Mauritius too though for different reasons. I still dream of Mauritius’ amazing beaches and lagoons! Reunion Island is more of an adventure island, with its huge mountains, canyons and volcanoes. Both offer a different experience so I highly recommend experiencing both (a short flight from one another).

    Cheers,
    Keith

  2. Vaida 23/10/2014 12:57 pm
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    Amazing!
    My experience is Mauritius

  3. Keith Jenkins 05/07/2014 8:42 am
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    Hi Audrey,
    Reunion was amazing. The scenery is just jaw-dropping spectacular. Not sure how else to describe it. So glad I got to visit this island. It was truly epic!

    Cheers,
    Keith

  4. Keith Jenkins 05/07/2014 8:40 am
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    Hi Maria,
    Those mountains were indeed breathtaking! Quite literally!

    Cheers,
    Keith

  5. Keith Jenkins 05/07/2014 8:37 am
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    Hi Selma,
    I just returned from Reunion and all I can say is… WOW!!! That wall was indeed mind-blowing, and there were so many like it. There’s a wall that’s about 2km high!!! The dramatic landscapes were just spectacular.

    Cheers,
    Keith

  6. Selma 05/07/2014 6:01 am
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    The wall of the shield volcano (is that was is in the background behind that village?) is so sheer … if this a preview of what is to come, I can’t wait to see what you come up with in Reunion!

  7. Audrey 04/07/2014 2:47 pm
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    Wishing you an amazing trip to Reunion! I’ve been seeing some stunning images of the island pop up on my Instagram feed and they are inspiring some serious wanderlust.

  8. Maria Falvey 27/06/2014 5:46 am
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    Love those dramatic mountains

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