Best time to go: May – June
Best for: Pristine Beaches, Natural Attractions
Reunion is an island of bright turquoise waters, but swimming and watersports activities are not really the number-one reason why visitors might choose to go to Réunion. Far greater motivators are its stupendous trekking routes across mountain terrain. Cirques – large volcanic valleys surrounded by mountains, creating a natural amphitheatre of about 10km in diameter – sink into the ground, replete with magnificent waterfalls and other natural features.
Saint-Denis, the capital, is surrounded by mountains on three sides and has several places of interest, including the Natural History Museum and the Léon Dierx Art Gallery with its collection of French Impressionist paintings. There are various temples, a mosque and a cathedral, a sign of the cultural and religious variety of the island population.
Experience a taste of France – in the Indian Ocean.
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Native name of Reunion: Ile de la Reunion
Capital: Saint-Denis (RUN)
Currency: Euro (EUR). US Dollars may be accepted by certain tourist sites.
Language: French. Creole and English may be spoken.
Dialling code from SA: + 262
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +4 hours (2 hours ahead of South Africa)
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs have two round pins.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Water in public areas labelled ‘Eau non potable` is not safe for drinking.
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors from South Africa are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: Normal social courtesies should be observed. Various religions and cultures are represented in Reunion.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Travellers cheques are usually not accepted.
• 250g of tobacco
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of spirits up to 22% volume
• 4L of wine
• 16L of beer
• Goods up to the value of €1,000 if arriving from mainland France or another EU country
• Goods up to the value of €430 or €300 (depending on your mode of transport) if arriving from a non-EU country (or €150 for children under 15)
Prohibited Imports: Fresh fruit, vegetables or seeds.