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10 Best Places to Visit in Réunion

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Reunion Island Tourist Attractions: 15 Top Places to Visit

Planning to visit Reunion Island? Check out our Reunion Island Travel Guide video and see top most Tourist Attractions in Reunion Island.

Top Places to visit in Reunion Island:
Piton de Fournaise, Cirque de Mafate, Le Maido, Domaine Du Cafe Grille, Descente VTT, Jardin des Parfums et des Epices, Kelonia, Maison Folio, Anse des Cascades, Road to Cilaos, Pas de Bellecombe, Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin, Piton des Neiges, Trou du Souffleur, Aquarium de la Reunion

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Reunion Island Travel Guide

Reunion Island Travel Guide - Oh la la! After a long-haul flight, you step off the plane and you're greeted with a bonjour. Then you breakfast on croissants and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). At first glance, Réunion is like a chunk of France teleported to the tropics. But beyond the Gallic panache, you'll soon realise it's a resplendent tapestry, which also blends Indian, African and Chinese influences.

Home to one of the world's most active volcanoes, snow-capped Piton de Fournaise, Reunion Island is a little known gem. This rocky, French-governed island off the coast of East Africa is easily explored by Les Cars Jaunes, yellow buses that link main settlements. The road into the mountains provides breathtaking scenery. Bike tours on rough back roads are an option for the brave and the extremely fit. Beyond the reach of cars, untamed village Cirque de Mafate shows the island's wildest side.

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Top 10 Largest Cities or Towns of Réunion

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1. Saint-Denis
2. Saint-Paul
3. Saint-Pierre
4. Le Tampon
5. Saint-andre
6. Saint-Louis
7. Le Port
8. Saint-benoit
9. Saint-Joseph
10. Sainte-Marie

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Réunion is a French island with a population of 840,974 inhabitants (as of January 2013) located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island.

Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas departments of France. Like the other overseas departments, Réunion is also one of the 27 regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland.

Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union and, as an overseas department of France, is part of the Eurozone.

Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the early sixteenth century, there is little to Réunion's (also known as la réunion) recorded history. Arab traders were familiar with it by the name Dina Morgabin. The island is possibly featured on a map from 1153 AD by Al Sharif el-Edrisi. The island may also have been visited by Swahili or Malay sailors.

The first European discovery of the area was made around 1507 by Portuguese explorers, but the specifics are unclear. The uninhabited island may have been first sighted by the expedition led by Dom Pedro Mascarenhas, who gave his name to the island group around Réunion, the Mascarenes. Réunion itself was dubbed Santa Apolónia after a favorite saint, which suggests that the date of the Portuguese discovery may have been February 9, her saint day. Diogo Lopes de Sequeira is said to have landed on the islands of Reunion and Rodrigues in 1509.

Over a century later, nominal Portuguese rule had left Santa Apolónia virtually untouched. The island was then occupied by France and administered from Port Louis, Mauritius. Although the first French claims date from 1638, when François Cauche and Salomon Goubert visited in June 1638, the island was officially claimed by Jacques Pronis of France in 1642, when he deported a dozen French mutineers to the island from Madagascar. The convicts were returned to France several years later, and in 1649, the island was named Île Bourbon after the House of Bourbon. Colonization started in 1665, when the French East India Company sent the first 20 settlers.

Réunion was the name given to the island in 1793 by a decree of the Convention with the fall of the House of Bourbon in France, and the name commemorates the union of revolutionaries from Marseille with the National Guard in Paris, which took place on 10 August 1792. In 1801, the island was renamed Île Bonaparte, after Napoleon Bonaparte. The island was invaded by a Royal Navy squadron led by Commodore Josias Rowley in 1810, who used the old name of “Bourbon”. When it was restored to France by the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the island retained the name of Bourbon until the fall of the restored Bourbons during the French Revolution of 1848, when the island was once again given the name “Réunion”.

From the 17th to the 19th centuries, French immigration supplemented by influxes of Africans, Chinese, and Indians gave the island its ethnic mix. Starting from 1690, most of the immigrants from outside Europe were enslaved until 20 December 1848 when slavery was abolished. Afterwards, many of them were indentured workers. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 reduced the importance of the island as a stopover on the East Indies trade route.

During the Second World War, Réunion was under the authority of the Vichy Regime until 30 November 1942, when Free French forces took over the island with the destroyer Léopard.

Réunion became a département d'outre-mer (overseas départment) of France on 19 March 1946. Its département code is 974.

For a period of around two decades in the twentieth century (1968–1982), 1,630 children from Réunion were relocated to metropolitan France, particularly to Creuse. These children, known as les enfants de la Creuse, were brought to light in 2002 when Réunion exile Jean-Jacques Martial brought a legal action against politician Michel Debré (who had been the MP for Réunion at the time) for kidnapping of a minor, roundup and deportation. In 2005, a similar case was brought against the French government by the Association of Réunion of Creuse.

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A visit to St Denis, Reunion Island

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Reunion Island: activities (full version, 2014)

At the heart of the Indian Ocean, at 10 000 km of Paris, Reunion Island is an exotic island like no other, where you can enjoy the very best of what the world has to offer, all on one island!
Reunion is an easy destination to get to, the direct flight takes you there in just one night. Just 11 hours from Paris with maximum comfort.

Its incredible diversity of landscapes and cultures makes it the only destination that offers so many unforgettable experiences in just one trip.
Across a surface area of just 2500 sqkm, Reunion boasts a stunning array of unspoilt natural habitats and authentic cultures. With 40% of the island classified as a Unesco world heritage site, an impossible dream suddenly becomes a reality: seeing the best of the world in just a few days.
From the moment you arrive, you'll immediately notice the extraordinary range of different cultures living in perfect harmony on the island: from its Asian cuisine to its Creole marketplaces, along with Buddhist, Tamil and Christian traditions.
In just a few hours, you can be transported from the vast lunar landscapes of the volcanic desert, to the peaceful lagoon in Ermitage. And from the blue of the lagoon to the lush greens of the breath-taking mountain cirques.
In just a few days, you will have the chance to experience a truly exceptional variety of places, sensations and emotions, and all thanks to one unique island: Reunion Island.
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Reunion Island Tourism promotion in India

Reunion Island is a french territory situated in the Indian Ocean. Having a strong cultural connection with India, this offbeat destination is welcoming Indian tourists looking for new adventures. Neha Johri, the newly appointed Country Manager of Reunion Island in India (represented by Representation World LLP) talks about the destination, the local culture and the roadmap to promote the destination in India.

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After sailing 3,000 miles from Cape Town, La Reunion Island absolutely blew us away with its natural beauty and friendly people! It’s just a small speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but has incredible hiking, waterfalls, diving, surfing, and culture. We’re really excited to show you a little bit of this paradise!

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Cilaos, Reunion Island - Amazing drive through the town and mountains

Cilaos is a town and commune on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The town is surrounded by amazing scenery of mountains and to get there you will have to drive around high mountains and over 400 twits.
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Réunion Island is truly mesmerising - within an hour or two, the landscape morphs from lava fields to lush primary forest, from jagged peaks to sprawling coastal cities! With more than its fair share of natural wonders, La Reunion never fails to delight even the most seasoned adventurers. Go hiking, bird watching or waterfall Canoeing in La Reunion National Park. Then visit the World Heritage Site, the Pitons, Cirques and Ramparts of La Reunion.

Mountain bike through the island's lush forests and visit the many quaint and colourful villages scattered across the countryside. Upon arrival you can book excursions through the hotel for an array of different and exciting options to suit everyone (payable locally).

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Overflying Reunion Island with drone DJI Mavic Pro : amazing footage of Trou de Fer, Plaine des Sables, Piton de la Fournaise...

10 Most Dangerous Beaches for Deadly Shark Attacks

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Shark attacks seem to be on the rise in many parts of the world, therefore, you might want to steer clear of the following known shark-infested waters. Statistically, these are among the most dangerous beaches for deadly shark attacks.

1. Pernambuco, Brazil

The shockingly high attack rate in these waters appears to be due to over-fishing. Without enough food supply, the sharks have begun to sample other forms of fare to satisfy their relentless hunger.

2. Second Beach, South Africa

The beach is popular among shark-seeking tourists and cage divers. Tour operators dump boatloads of bloody chum in the water order to entice the great whites. You definitely don’t want to surf or swim anywhere near these boats and their chum lines.

3. New Smyrna Beach, Florida

More than 238 shark attacks have been documented at Florida’s (surprisingly) popular New Smyrna Beach. In fact, 15% of worldwide shark bites have occurred here. Most of the bites are courtesy of baby bull sharks that favor these waters. To date, none of the recorded attacks here have been fatal.

4. Velzyland Beach, Hawaii

About 41 different shark species that frequent Hawaii’s waters including aggressive specimens like bull sharks and great whites. The last fatal shark attack at this beach occurred in 1994 when a tiger shark attacked a surfer. More recent attacks on surfers have been reported, but none fatal.

5. New South Wales, Australia

This region, which includes famous Bondi Beach, has recorded more than 170 unprovoked shark attacks and more than 50 fatal attacks, and great white shark encounters are more common here than in other parts of the world. Due to the position of the continental shelf, swimmers and surfers are in close proximity of deep waters where these potential predators cruise.

6. Fletcher Cove, California

Fletcher Cove may be picturesque, but it is also the scene of 142 unprovoked shark attacks, including some recent fatalities. Scientists are convinced that the fish-strewn waters in this region are ideal feeding grounds for large predators like the great white.

7. Reunion Island, Indian Ocean

This island has had more than 10 attacks in a recent two-year period, three being fatal. This has prompted island officials to close the beaches to swimmers and surfers. Experts aren’t sure why the sharks are biting people with greater frequency.

8. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Since 2005, there have been more than fifty attacks. In fact, researchers have claimed that South Carolina’s waters are just as dangerous as Florida’s when comparing the swimmer-to-attack ratio. Their waters are attractive to species like tiger sharks and bull sharks.

9. Coffin Bay, Australia

The name says it all. Don’t swim here unless you fancy a meeting with a great white. Recently an abalone diver was attacked and killed by two great white sharks. His body was never recovered.

10. Surf Beach, California

A nineteen-year-old surfer was attacked and killed a few years ago by a great white shark believed to be 18 feet in length. The waters here are home to seals, which attract great whites in large numbers.

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Family reunion planning can be a tough task, but it can be enjoyable if you do a few things differently. Follow these family reunion planning tips to get some great ideas on planning your next family reunion bash!
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Reunion Resort and Club

Just minutes from Orlando's most popular attractions, Reunion Resort is the ultimate destination for adventure and relaxation. Situated on 2300 acres of beautiful landscape, the resort offers quaint villas and inviting homes combined with exclusive amenities such as 3 Signature golf courses, Water Park, spa and fitness center, exceptional dining and more.

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Sao Tome Island, Sal Island, Moheli Island, Nosy Be Island, Djerba Island, Reunion Island, Lamu Island, Mauritius Island, Zanzibar Island, Praslin Island

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