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Reunion Island Holidays

Treat yourself to stunning scenery, including blue lagoons, turquoise seas, golden beaches and striking luscious green peaks by embarking on one of our Reunion Island holidays. Spend time relaxing on the beaches, strolling around the delightful World Heritage Sites and exploring the crystal clear waters in a kayak or canoe.

Challenge yourself by hiking up some of the ruggedly beautiful mountains on the island. Many tourists enjoy the day’s hike up Piton de la Fournaise, but don’t forget about the other phenomenal peaks, including the 3,069 metres high Piton des Neiges, the 2,898 metres high Grand Bénare, La Nouvelle (which is the easiest way to explore the cirque) and Grand Bassin (where you can see a magnificent waterfall and journey down to an isolated village some 700 metres below). If hiking isn’t your thing, but you still have a thirst for adventure then why not try your hand at canyoning, rafting, scuba diving or mountain biking?

Find your own piece of heaven on Reunion Island

Replenish your mind, body and soul by strolling along the stunning beaches, soaking up the tropical sun’s rays, or by dipping into the warm and peaceful lagoons at L'Ermitage. Try Creole delicacies and dishes at the Saint Paul Market and pick up local produce to keep your energy up. Nature lovers can embark on an exciting boat trip out to the Indian Ocean for a spot of whale and dolphin watching. Common mammals you might see include blower dolphins, humpback whales and spotted dolphins. History enthusiasts can take a trip to the Natural History Museum, where you’ll find a vast collection of Indian Ocean flora and fauna.

Discover more of the serene surroundings by choosing one of our Reunion Island multi-centres. Our Mauritius and Reunion Island package is ideal for those who want to explore more.

Destination Highlights
  • Seek out the most thrilling attraction on the Reunion Island, the impressive 2,632 metres high Piton de la Fournaise volcano
  • Visit Cilaos to enjoy the thermal spas and blissful mineral waters and to marvel at striking canyons and impressive waterfalls
  • Unearth the wonderous rocky shorelines, volcanic slopes and thick forests broken up by black lava fields of the Wild South
  • Hike up Piton Maïdo to marvel at unspoilt beautiful landscapes and take in the stunning views overlooking Cirque de Mafate

Time Zone

GMT +4 Hours

Flight Time

Approx.13 hours; indirect flights are available via Mauritius from Dublin


EUR - Euro

Visa Information

Irish citizens don’t need to obtain a visa for travel to Reunion Island.


French and Creole are the mainly used.

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Reunion Island.

You’ll get a true sense of escapism on this French volcanic island located in between Mauritius and Madagascar. It has such a varied topography, one day you’ll be hiking its volcanic peak, the next you’ll be swimming in peaceful lagoons and journeying through its wildlife-rich rainforest. In short, you’re going to have an adventure.

  • Cirque de Cilaos, Reunion Island

    Cirque de Cilaos

    Cilaos translates to ‘the country you don’t leave’ and you’ll see it’s a very fitting name when you journey through this eye-opening caldera of mountain trails, waterfalls and ravines. You’ll love the eye-catching Creole architecture you spot in Cilaos village.

  • Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island


    You may feel like you’ve left Earth when you journey to Piton de la Fournaise. The rocky scenery is like a scene from another planet and you’ll continue to be awed when you see the smouldering orange glow of this active volcano.

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    Stunning coastline and beaches

    With coastlines dotted with towns and villages, and fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities, we recommend heading to the West coast for warm, relaxing sands.

  • Market produce, Reunion Island

    Delicious cuisine

    The Reunionese love to cook and their cuisine has many different influences, reflecting a melting pot of cultures that includes Tamil, China, India, France and Madagascar.

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    Sales Performance Leader

    “The Saint Paul Market is the best place to discover Reunion Island’s culinary culture and traditions. Over 300 exhibitors offer local products, spices, fruits and vegetables. Saint Paul Market is also the best place to find souvenir gifts on Reunion Island. The market is only open on a Friday, so make sure you don’t miss it.”

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    Destination Specialist

    “Visit a Vanilla plantation and learn about the incredible history of how a young slave, Edmond Albius, discovered how to manually fertilise and produce vanilla and Bourbon vanilla at the beginning of the 19th century.”

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    Destination Specialist

    “For a thrill like no other, discover Reunion Island by helicopter. Soar high above the island’s incredible mountainous landscape for absolutely incredible views of Reunion’s natural beauty.”

  • Sakifo

    Music lovers must attend the Sakifo music festival, which takes place in June. With an array of talented national and international musicians and performers to take in over three days, this lively music festival is one you won’t forget anytime soon. Whatever your music tastes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. This festival combines a blend of music from around the world, including pop, rock, blues, funk, electro, reggae, sega, maloya and music from Africa and the Indian Ocean. Enjoy dancing and singing along to acts, finding new music to fall in love with and sampling delicious food. 

  • Deepavali

    Celebrate Diwali on Reunion Island in October. This exciting 10 day long festival is a symbol of the transition from darkness to light. Get involved with the various celebrations that happen during the festival, including singing, dancing, watching local parades, listening to poetry and other performances, and indulging in some scrumptious food. Over 20,000 people come from all over to take part in the event and festivities. On Deepavali Day, you can expect local temples and houses to be lit up with hundreds of oil lamps, candles and fairy lights which all commemorate the victory of light and good over darkness.

  • Grand Raid

    Take part in the Grand Raid de la Reunion, which is said to be one of the hardest on foot races in the world. The hardest and furthest ultramarathon mountain race has a difficult 166 kilometre route which has a challenging elevation of 9,611 metres. The second most difficult is a 112 kilometre race with an elevation of 6,468 metres. While the easiest route is a 66 kilometre race with an elevation of 3,509 metres. Alternatively, attend this event to cheer on the brave competitors either at the finish line or around the track.

  • Cari

    A must try while you’re in Reunion Island is the Creole dish known as the Cari. This succulent dish packs in lots of flavours and ingredients, including meat or fish, tomatoes, onions and a sprinkle of seasoning (turmeric, saffron, ginger, salt and pepper, thyme and garlic).

Types of Reunion Island holidays

Whales and Dolphins Cap La Houssaye

Reunion Island Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Reunion Island is a French overseas territory off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is approximately 1,600 miles from the mainland of Africa and approximately 585 miles away from the island of Madagascar.

Flights to Reunion Island take approximately 11 hours and 15 minutes excluding stopovers. There are currently no direct routes from the UK to Reunion Island. However, there are daily direct flights to Saint Denis de la Reunion Airport via Paris with Air France, and with Air Mauritius to Pierrefonds Airport via Mauritius. 

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