Looking for some interesting facts and information about la Réunion / Reunion Island?
Fun facts, facts about the culture and history as well as the diverse nature – we got you covered.

17th of October, 2017
20°53'32.8"S 55°27'15.8"E

 

ÎLE DE LA RÉUNION: THE INTENSE ISLAND

Reunion Island is a tropical paradise of volcanic origin in the middle of the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius. The island offers diversity in landscapes and culture and has some astonishing facts.

REUNION HAS ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE VOLCANOS IN THE WORLD
Piton de la Fournaise erupts at least once a year

Piton de la Fournaise - Reunion Island

IS PART OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND EUROZONE
which means the currency is Euro and people are “Europeans”

PEOPLE SPEAK CREOLE
an official regional language (since 2014) spoken by 90% of the population

A WHALES PARADISE
Reunion is one of the best spots in the world to observe these marine mammals (July to October)

Diving with Whales in Reunion Island

THERE ARE SOME WEIRD CUSTOMS
Don’t be surprised if someone smashes an egg on your forehead for your birthday

HOME TO SUCCESSFUL ATHLETES
Ever heard of Dimitri Payet, Daniel Narcisse, Jackson Richardson, Jeremy Flores or Johanne Defay ? Dimitri Payet is a famous football player who is part of the french national team, Daniel Narcisse same as Jackson Richardson were among the best french handball players ever, while Jeremy Flores and Johanne Defay are surfing in the world surf league.

IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACES IN THE WORLD FOR SHARK ATTACKS
21 attacks since 2011 – 9 of which were fatal – “Shark Crisis on Reunion Island: From the eye of a local”

Shark Crisis Reunion Island

THE 20TH OF DECEMBER IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY
20th of December 1848 – Day of the abolition of slavery on Reunion Island by Joseph Napoléon Sébastien Sarda Garriga

HAS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE INDIAN OCEAN
The Piton des Neiges (Snow Peak), a shield volcano which culminates at 3,069 m (10,069 ft)

PRODUCES ONE OF THE BEST PINEAPPLES IN THE WORLD
Small but full of flavour, “l’ananas Victoria” (Victoria pineapple) was named after the Queen Victoria – who loved the pineapple from Reunion

Pinapples Food Market - Reunion Island

PEOPLE EAT WASPS AND “TANGUE” (TAILLES TENREC)

THE TECHNIQUE FOR POLLINATING VANILLA WAS DISCOVERED ON REUNION
At 12 years old a young slave named Edmond Albius revolutionized the cultivation of vanilla by inventing a quick and profitable technique of pollination

IT HAS AN ENDEMIC FAUNA AND FLORA
Such as the Tuit-tuit bird, the green gecko, Tamarin des hauts, Fanjan…

Flora & Fauna of Reunion Island
Flora & Fauna of Reunion Island
Flora & Fauna of Reunion Island
Flora & Fauna of Reunion Island

IT CAN RAIN A LOT
The east coast of Reunion holds several world records in volume of rain

42% OF THE ISLAND IS PART OF THE NATIONAL PARK OF REUNION
Since 2010 the Island was designated a UNESCO World Heritage for the area of the “Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island”

A PART OF THE ISLAND IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY WALK OR HELICOPTER
The Cirque of Mafate

Hiking in Mafate - Reunion Island
Helicopter View - Mafate - Reunion Island
Helicopter View - Mafate - Reunion Island

REUNION ISLAND IS A MULTICULTURAL ISLAND
with roots coming from Madagascar, Eastern Africa, West and South-East India, China and Europe. A huge melting pot of religion, colours, cuisine, traditions and languages which gives Reunion its rich culture.

IS A PARADISE FOR HIKERS
For amateurs or professionals, Reunion offers a multitude of amazing hiking options
Find here our article about “a hike to Trou de Fer through the forest of Bélouve”

Hiking in Mafate - Reunion Island
Hiking in Mafate - Reunion Island

THE FAMOUS PIRATE LA BUSE DIED IN REUNION
His grave is located in the marine cemetery of Saint Paul. He was executed in Saint Denis for his crimes. His treasure still remains somewhere in the Indian Ocean or even on Reunion Island – one of the biggest undiscovered treasures with an estimatedd value bigger than 4.5 billion Euros. 

Blacl sand beach of L'étang-salé, Reunion Island

IS HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST INTENSE MOUNTAIN ULTRAMARATHON RACES IN THE WORLD
It takes place annually in October – The Grand Raid or “La diagonale des fous” (The Madmen’s Diagonal) is a 162 km route with 9643 m of elevation gain crossing the Island from South to North.

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“Our top 12 things to do in Reunion Island” and to our article about the hidden gem on Reunion – Grand Etang and the waterfalls of Bras d’Annette

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