Located in the Indian Ocean, Réunion Island can be reached by a quick 4-hour flight on Air Austral from Johannesburg and what’s more, South African passport holders do not require a visa for a visit of up to 90 days which makes this island destination a great option for your Easter holidays.
With palm trees rustling in the sea breeze, crystal clear waters, an adventure waiting around every corner and year-round warm weather, you will quickly fall in love with this incredible Indian Ocean Island. This diverse destination boasts an active (but safe to visit) volcano, a warm Indian Ocean lagoon teeming with marine life, over 1000km’s of lush hiking trails and a fascinating and engaging local creole culture.
This diverse destination boasts an active (but safe to visit) volcano, a warm Indian Ocean lagoon teeming with marine life, over 1000km’s of lush hiking trails and a fascinating and engaging local creole culture.
For those who seek a tranquil rest in the most beautiful of surrounds, the island will not disappoint, but for those who like to be active and get outdoors, this tropical paradise offers a plethora of activities.
Take one of the many hikes and marvel at the undulating landscapes formed by years of volcanic activity. Visit Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island’s famous active volcano. Visitors can even hike to its rim; a fascinating experience. Discover one of the many mountain bike trails and stop at some of the picturesque cascading waterfalls along the route. Try your hand at paragliding, SUPing (stand up paddleboarding), aqua hiking or visit giant lava tubes; huge tunnels made in the earth from previous lava flows.
Children will just love a whale and dolphin watching excursion (among other sea creatures such as sea turtles) at Bato Pèi. Aquarium de la Réunion is also a favourite with families, and it’s not difficult to understand why, as the aquarium is home to some 500 marine species including seahorses, lobsters and a wide variety of fish species.
The island is also home to fabulous hotels that cater for all tastes and budgets, most of which are family friendly and who’s staff love to welcome South Africans to their beautiful island. Depending on where you stay and the age of your children, some of the island’s accommodation establishments do not charge for children sharing with their parents in the same room and some offer great fun at their kids’ club facilities.
When searching for the ultimate Easter Holidays getaway, look no further than Reunion Island. It will certainly thrill you! There is so much to see and do, you can do a lot or a little, the choice is yours. There is no shortage of memories waiting to be made this Eastertime.
South African passport holders do not require a visa. The currency used on Reunion Island is the euro (€). French is the official language of Réunion Island, but communicating in English is possible. The average annual temperature on Réunion Island is 24 degrees Celsius. There is no malaria, and no travel vaccines are required. Réunion Island time is two hours ahead of South Africa. All plug points on Réunion Island are two-point – take adaptors with you.
Réunion Island Tourism Board is represented by Atout France in South Africa.