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!
A bit about Réunion and what I hope to do there
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.