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REUNION          Indian Ocean Enquiry Form
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Reunion Accommodation Page

Reunion, a little reminder of France, sits between her better-known neighbour Mauritius and the shores of wild Africa. This volcanic island is a paradise for the water lover with an outstanding range of activities available. Explore the scenic valleys and hills or sample the local and French cuisine in the many continental bistros and restaurants located throughout the island.

WEATHER   Back to top

Réunion's climate is tropical, with temperatures affected by elevation. The average coastal temperature is between 18°C and 31°C, with temperatures dropping in the interior. Humidity is high. The island has two seasons: summer and winter. November to April is hot and rainy, while May to November is usually dry and cool and is the popular time for travel to Réunion. The cyclone season runs from mid-November to mid-April and the island is occasionally affected.

Saint-Denis

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Min Temp (°C)

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Max Temp (°C)

29

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Min Temp (°F)

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71

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Go to our Weather Page for current forecasts and more.

SPORT & ACTIVITIES    Back to top

Hiking
Mountain Biking
Surfing
Snorkelling
Scuba diving
Paragliding
Canyoning (abseiling waterfalls)
Horse Riding

GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: GMT +4.

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. A round pin plug with male grounding pin is used.

Money: Réunion is an overseas département of France and therefore the unit of currency is the Euro, divided into 100 cents. There are plenty of banks and ATMs on the island, and most shops and hotels accept major credit cards (though most require a minimum amount for payments). Travellers cheques are widely accepted, with Euros the preferred currency. Banks are open on weekdays. Most businesses are required to display their prices in their windows and restaurants and hotels must have their rates visible from the exterior.

Currency Exchange Rates

€ 1.00 =

USD 1.27

£ 0.69

C$ 1.44

A$ 1.70

ZAR 9.08

€ 1.00

NZ$ 2.08

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

Passport/Visa Note: Passports must be valid for length of intended stay. Travellers must have return or onward tickets. EU, British and American passport holders do not require visas. South African passport holders will require a visa.

Language: French, as well as Réunion Creole and some English are spoken.

Getting around: There are local buses on the island, as well as Car Jaune (yellow buses) that connect the island's principal towns. Car rental agencies are located at the airport, as well as in Saint Denis. Roads are well maintained, though traffic can be heavy during peak times. Taxis are available.

Health: Réunion has recently experienced an epidemic of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus. As of April 2006, 230,000 people have been infected (roughly 29% of the population). The epidemic is on the decline, but travellers should still take precautions against mosquito bites and keep abreast of the situation. Réunion's medical and sanitary facilities are very good. Most towns have doctors and clinics, while the principal hospital is in Saint-Denis. Tap water is usually safe for drinking. Public water sources are unsafe if labelled 'Eau non potable'. EU visitors should carry an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).

Tipping: Tipping is customary and 10 percent or more of the bill is expected.

Safety: As when travelling to any foreign destination, visitors should be vigilant of their personal belongings, not display signs of wealth (e.g. mobile phones, money, expensive jewellery) or walk around alone in an unknown area at night. Réunion is, however, relatively safe. The cyclone season is from November to April.

Customs: Réunion follows French tradition and culture, influenced by its many different population groups. There is a mix of Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam on the island and visitors should respect the different religious groups and their customs.

Communications: The international access code for Réunion is +262. The outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). City/area codes are not necessary. There are very few international roaming agreements with mobile phone companies. Internet cafes are available.

Duty free: Travellers from non-EU countries over 17 years of age entering Réunion can bring in the following items duty-free: 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250g tobacco; 1 litre of spirits, or 2 litres of dessert wine or sparkling wine, or 2 litres of table wine; 50g perfume or 250ml eau de toilette; gold jewellery not exceeding 500g; 500g coffee; 100g tea; and other goods to the value of €175 per adult or €90 for children under 15 years. Providing goods are bought for personal use, there are no restrictions on carrying tobacco and alcohol between the 15 original countries of the EU (including the UK), with the exception of Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

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Please visit the Reunion Accommodation page for a selection of our favourite hotels on the island.

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