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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Réunion

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Réunion that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Réunion Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Réunion Capital: Saint Denis Population: 700 000 Telephone Code: +262 Time Zone: Area: sq km Language(s): French, Creole Ethnic Groups: European, Chinese, Indian, African people Highest Mountain: Piton des neiges, 3069 m President/Head of State: Chirac Government: France Currency: Euro Exchange Rate: US$1= Health Risks: None Electricity: European standard Weights & Measures: International standard Country Name in other languages: Same in all

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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volcano, Mountains, beach, sea, bushwaking, handgliding, trekking, surfing...

Maps

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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Insider's tips: If you surf, then going to the beach makes sense. In other cases, stick to the inlands. The mountains are the most beautiful things in the world. If you're a good walker, get yourself a map of Mafate and hit the tracks. If you don't feel so confident, start with the volcano or some of the popular return-the-same-day walks. Cilaos is full of those.

Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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Getting there and away: Plane, nobody travels by boat there, Getting around The island is too small to justify air travel. The train network is still in the state of project. Bus: The "cars jaunes" (yellow coaches) can take you pretty much anywhere, but they're rather slow. Car: If you can afford it, renting a car is still the best. Motorcycle: Good idea too. Hitchhiking: It works great. The best way to get around on budget. Bicycle: In city, no ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants: Creol restaurants are all around the place. Target those, you can have a pizza back home. Supermarkets: The huge supermarkets are taking over the island. They adapt to the local habits but you can find pretty much anything that would be sold in France. Street Food: The typical street junk-food is "bouchon". Some sort of meat wrapped in a rice leaf. With soy sauce or ketchup it's delicious. Local Specialties: If you don't like spicy food, tell it every tim ... more

Money and Costs

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Currency Euro, Exchanging Money Do that at the airport, Credit Cards Cash points everywhere, European standard, Tipping Usually included in the bill, Bargaining No discution on the prices. It would be offensive, Costs For imported products, add 10% more than in France. For local products, 70% less than in France...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Part of France, so part of the Shengen zone. If you're out of that zone, you'll probably need a visa for France. Get in touch with the french embassy.

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here.

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Reunion island is a good example for the world to follow. The island was empty when discovered and has been populated by european people through colonization, east-african people through slavery, Indians (from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu) and Chineses through engagism. Doesn't sound like a good start but today, even though a good deal of the original culture has survived, there is no tension at all between the differents ascendances. I'm not using the word "communities" since there is no (not really) ... more

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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If you're from the northern hemisphere, remember that the seasons are inverted. Summer: Up to 30 degrees at the sea level. Doesn't sound very hot but with the humidity, it can be hard on the tourists. When it rains, it really rains. The good part is that it's the fruit season. That's really something. The bad part are the hurricanes. From january to february it can happen. No big danger, the building are expected to go throught that, but it will be non-stop bad weather. Winter ... more

Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Official Country Website:
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Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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