Reunion is a French island located in the Indian Ocean, E of Madagascar, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) SW of Mauritius (the nearest island to Reunion).
Reunion is pretty much a chunk of France transported to the tropics and looks like a mini-Hawaii, with astounding geographical diversity. Within a couple of hours drive, the landscape changes from lava fields to lush primary forest and from jagged peaks to busy coastal cities. The W is Reunion's Riviera, a long string of beach suburbs and resorts towns, including the glitzy Boucan Canot.
Reunion doesn't have the beauty or appeal of Mauritius or the Seychelles but neither does it have the commercialism or busy resorts. Reunion offers a gem of a culture experience with stunning Creole architecture in quaint villages, as well as colourful religious buildings and festivals. There's also some visual extravaganzas, most notably the Piton de la Fournaise which is one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes and depending on nature’s whims, you might even witness fiery-red molten lava.
All in all, a trip to Reunion is a tropical island adventure but without the cliche of a sun-soaked paradise and super sexy beaches that you'd find in Mauritius or Seychelles. There are plenty of palm-ruffled stretches of sand and plenty of culture and visual attractions to be experienced.