Geography Reunion Island is a small volcanic island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and about 200km from Mauritius. With a total area of 2500km2, it's a true island of contrasts, with the active volcano of Piton de la Fournaise on its south coast, 27km of pristine beaches to the west, and lush mountain terrain in between. The capital of the island is the city of Saint-Denis. Climate The climate is tropical and humid all year round. Summer falls between December and March, while winter is from April to November. However, due to the increasing mountain heights inland, the temperature does drop progressively, so warm clothing is advised for trekking in the cirques. Temperature: 20°C in winter to 26°C in summer. Sea temperature: 23°C Language The locals speak mostly French, as well as local Creole and a few minority languages. Culture Local Creole culture offers a fascinating blend of French, African, Indian, Chinese and Malagasy with a diverse array of local food, traditional music and dance. Money La Réunion is part of the Eurozone and the currency used is the euro (€). Most shops accept international credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) and there are also a number of ATMs available around the island. Driving Most tourists will land in the capital, Saint-Denis. The island's various towns are linked by a bus service, while rental cars are also available for hire. What to do La Réunion is the perfect destination for travellers seeking both a relaxing island holiday and an action-packed adventure trip. Hike the island's unique cirques and the active Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage status natural park to see the island's native flora and fauna up close. Go canyoning over La Réunion's many waterfalls or take to the ocean with a scuba diving or surfing expedition. The island also features almost 1000km of hiking trails over incredibly contrasting landscapes. Once you've satisfied your adventurous side, kick back under a shady palm tree on the white beach and work on your tan. Direct Flights Reunion is well connected with regular flights arriving from France.