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Reunion Island

I did a little research on Reunion Island and thought I was finished, but something made me go back and take a second look – and I’m glad I did. They say Reunion is one of the Indian Ocean's last great island adventures. The diversity of landscapes is truly astonishing. Jutting out of the ocean like a basaltic shield cloaked in green, this scenically magical island is like a mini-Hawaii.

What should you expect? Emerald forests, tumbling waterfalls, amazing mountainscapes, twisting roads, soul-stirring panoramas, energetic coastal cities and a sprinkling of white- or black-sand beaches. An island of true contrasts, this unique island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is simply one of the most intriguing spots on Earth.

With an active volcano on its south coast, 17 miles of warm, welcoming beaches in the west, and lots of mountains and forests in between, it offers vacation opportunities ranging from relaxing to truly insane. You can scuba dive or surf in the clear waters that surround this tiny 30-mile-wide island, adventure activities abound for vacationers hoping to do something a little daring while on their Reunion holiday.

Often referred to as an "intense" island, Reunion can be as different as night and day, depending on where you travel within the island. From the flat coastal areas where watersports are king to the mountainous interior, to adrenaline sports offering nail-biting excitement. The fun is doubled by the island's friendly residents, representing a variety of cultures, yet all living together in true island harmony. The cuisine is special, too. You'll find French, Creole, Indian, Chinese, even Italian foods, all prepared with a bit of an island twist, making excellent use of the abundant seafood available here as well as locally grown and often unique fruits, vegetables, and spices that are a traditional part of Reunion Island cuisine.

It sounds like this amazing island greets travelers with the most amazing holiday experiences! I’m thinking I need at least three weeks to see this incredible place – where is my calendar?!

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