Resources

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/reunion) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Île de la Réunion Tourisme (www.reunion.fr) The official tourist-board website; information on attractions, restaurant, accommodation, activities and lots more.

Explore La Réunion (www.explorelareunion.com) The official tourist-board booking portal for accommodation and activities.

Allons La Réunion (www.allonslareunion.com) A great resource for pre-trip planning.

What to Take

  • EU or international driving licence
  • Credit card (there's only one money changer)
  • Two-pin continental Europe travel plug
  • French phrasebook
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Wet-weather gear (especially if you're hiking)
  • Your diving-certification card (C-card), if you're a diver

What to Wear

Although beachwear is fine for the beaches, avoid dressing skimpily elsewhere. Smart casual or better is generally the rule in most midrange and all upscale restaurants; shorts and flip-flops are a definite no-no.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Check the airline baggage restrictions
  • Keep an eye on the weather reports to check for cyclones
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re heading away
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance, especially if you plan on diving, paragliding or canyoning
  • Book you rental car online to get the best rates