Reunion Island is an undiscovered tourist paradise located southeast of the African content. With a rich history, an enchanting landscape, and a unique people, here’s everything you need to know about Reunion Island.
Where is Reunion Island located?
Reunion Island is located in the Indian Ocean, east of the southern part of the African continent, and between the islands of Madagascar and Mauritius. It is around 110 miles (180 km) southwest of Mauritius and 420 miles (680 km) east of Madagascar. It is, therefore, technically considered a part of Africa.
What is Reunion Island known for?
Reunion Island is one of the smallest countries in Africa, with only about 2,512 km² (970 mi²) of space. It is known for having one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Piton de la Fournaise) and for its rich history of being a slave colony where not only Africans but a mix of Asians and other races were enslaved. This is one of the reasons the Island has a diverse mixture of local races, among which 30% are caucasian. Reunion also happens to be the place where the debris of the infamous MH370 plane was discovered.
Reunion Island experiences an almost uniform climate throughout the year with very little changes in climate between the seasons. The climate is tropical and ranges between 18 degrees Celsius to around 31 degrees Celsius.
Is Reunion Island rich or poor?
Reunion Island is considered a developing nation. Over 80% of its economic output is dependent on agriculture (majorly sugarcane exports), and tourism is also a major contributor to its economy. Wealth distribution is an issue in the country, but with all that being said, the Island remains to be a massively unique experience for tourists due to its oddities and unique culture, and hence its rising star in the world of tourism.
Which country is Reunion Island in?
Although Reunion Island is its own country, it is also formally a French territory and an integral overseas department of France. In spite of the fact that it is located in Africa, its currency is the Euro, and its main language is French. The Island is one of only two eurozones located in the southern hemisphere.
Reunion is technically ruled by France, and its people hold French citizenships.
Is it worth visiting Reunion Island?
Reunion Island is a one-of-a-kind destination with a rich culture, interesting and diverse people, and a bewitching landscape to explore. The tropical fruits (unheard of varieties and over a dozen kinds of mangoes) and local cuisine found in the Island are reason enough to visit it. But more importantly, visitors will be rewarded with a daring living volcano hiking experience along with over 600 miles of hikeable trails, as well as many remote and undiscovered rural villages and hidden landscapes.
What is there to do in Reunion Island?
Asides from visiting the Piton de la Fournaise volcano (which translates to “Peak of the Furnace,” visitors are spoiled with many natural wonders to explore such as tropical volcanic tunnels, mountain ranges, endless options of waterfalls, pristine beaches, and cultural and historical attractions such as Musee de Villele (a living slave plantation landmark) and the neverending festivals and performances found on every corner of this country.
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