September 30, 2014

Five reasons to visit Reunion Island

In the third of our five reasons to visit series, we hop over to a little French island in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island. If you’ve never heard of it or are wondering why it’s so special, read this traveller’s Reunion Island experience. Here are just 5 reasons why it’s a must-visit…

1. No visa needed! 
Reunion Island only really appeared on the South African travel radar a year ago, when the need to get a visa was scrapped. Since then the Reunion Tourism Board has put a lot of effort into attracting South Africans to visit their little paradise.

2. The volcano. 
There aren’t many places in the world where you can safely stand right in front of it and watch a volcano erupting. The island’s Piton de la Fournaise is one of the safest and most active volcanoes in the world. It’s also the same type of volcano as you would find in Hawaii so Reunion is the much more obvious choice to visit!

3. A world in one
The sheer diversity of landscapes blew my mind. From stunning lagoon beaches and deep green valleys in the cirques to the lunar landscape of the volcano and mountain top villages, it’s the whole world in one little island. Some parts might remind one of Hawaii, the rainforest, the Drakensberg, the Alps, other Indian Ocean islands like Mauritius and tiny French villages, all with the same excellent road network and infrastructure you would expect in mainland France.

4. The cuisine
Diversity is what Reunion does best. From the landscapes to the people, it’s no wonder that the cuisine is a melting pot of different cultures. French croissants, macaroons and pastries to Creole caris (their version of our curries), with lots of vanilla, rum and sugar infused in it all.

5. A short flight
There are direct flights from Johannesburg on Air Austral twice a week and you can look forward to fantastic airline food (Air Austral is often complimented on their delicious in-flight dining). Read about a flight with Air Austral here.

Book your flight with your Sure Travel consultant here.

Read five reasons to Paris here and Venice.


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