Travel guide
Reunion Island

A mole in the Indian Ocean.

Some call it “the intense island”! And if its name is so evocative, it’s because the island is a true cocoon of sensation! This French overseas department has much to marvel at.

An explosive cultural mix, with a population that’s proudly mixed: Indian, Creole, French, Madagascan, African and more. These origins coexist in perfect harmony. You can visit a Tamil temple in Sainte-Anne, or the famous Notre-Dame-des-Laves church in Sainte-Rose.

You’ll appreciate the lush natural surroundings as you climb the Cirques: the mountain formations so typical of the island. Quiet Cilaos, Salazie and Mafate. Before discovering the seething heat of the Piton de la Fournaise and the lunar landscape at its feet as you cross the Plaine des Cafres.

We’ll take a look at the layers of lava that have remained like sheets, covering the ground until they reach the ocean in the wild south.

And before setting off again, you’ll be amazed by a flight over Saint-Leu, a walk with the dolphins in Saint-Paul Bay, before relaxing on Trou d’eau beach, facing the lagoon…

An intense stay, we told you!

Time difference





Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

On Reunion Island, French is the main language spoken, and the locals speak Creole. 

  • Good morning / Good evening = Bonzhour/Adië
  • How are you? = Kossa i di ?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Anhord, merssi, ek ou ?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Ou kozé fransé/angles ?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Mi Konpran/Mi konpran pas
  • Sorry = Pardon
  • Goodbye = Nï artrouv
  • Welcome = Lété tan
  • Thank you (very much) = Merssi (in tancon)
  • Excuse me/Please = Éskïz amoin/Siouplé
  • I am French = I fé francèse
  • My name is… = Mi appel…
  • No thanks = Non merssi
  • Yes/No = Wi bin/Non
  • You’re welcome = I fé riyen/pa problem

Key figures

With summer time in mainland France, Réunion is only 02h00 ahead:

When it is 12:00 in Paris, it will be 14:00 in Saint-Denis

In winter, Réunion is 03h00 ahead of schedule:

If it’s 09:00 in Juan-les-Pins, it will be 12:00 in Cilaos.

Good to know

European plug – Type C and F, sometimes Type D.


Up-to-date vaccinations:

  • DTPolio
  • Hepatitis A

Depending on where you are traveling, vaccination against hepatitis B or typhoid fever may be recommended.

Make sure you bring everything you need to protect yourself from voracious mosquitoes!


Within the European Union (EU), a valid national identity card is sufficient for travel. Outside the EU, most countries require a passport valid for several months after the planned date of return to France. Contact your prefecture in good time to renew it if necessary.