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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Reunion.

-21.1380121°6.9′S, 55.5291855°31.9′E Chart icon.png
Capital Main cities: St.Denis (north) and St.Pierre (South)
Language French
Currency Euro €
Time zone ?
Calling code ?
Population: 720.000

Réunion (French: Réunion or formally La Réunion; previously Île Bourbon) is an island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, about 200 km (130 miles) south west of Mauritius, the nearest island.

Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas départements of France. Like the other overseas departments, Réunion is also one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland.

Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union, and thus the currency used is the euro.

The island is 63 kilometres (39 miles) long; 45 kilometres (28 miles) wide; and covers 2512 square kilometres (970 square miles). It is similar to the island Hawaii insofar as both are located above hotspots in the Earth's crust.

The Piton de la Fournaise, a shield volcano on the eastern end of Réunion Island, rises more than 2631 metres (8632 ft) above sea level and is sometimes called a sister to Hawaiian volcanoes because of the similarity of climate and volcanic nature. It has erupted more than 100 times since 1640 and is under constant monitoring. It most recently erupted on 4 April 2007.


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The climate is tropical and humid. The sea temperature rarely drops below 23°C! The summer is from December to March with an average temperature of 26°C on the coast. Winter is from April to November with an average temperature of 20°C on the coast. However, as one moves inland, and up, the temperature drops progressively. The cyclone season is usually between December and February.The prevailing winds blow from the east and south-east - the west coast being known as the leeward coast. The east coast has, generally, more rain than the west.

Sources of weather forecasting here:


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Any navigation notes here. If this section does not apply remove it.


Same as for France

Customs and Immigration


Same as for France.

  • Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival.
  • PETS: The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is in operation here and animals must have a Pet Passport, microchip, current Health Certificate and Rabies Vaccination Certificate issued by a recognised Veterinarian and have been blood-tested prior to arrival.
  • Yachts are allowed to stay for up to six months (including multiple entry) during a 12 month period providing that none of the crew enter into any employment ashore or the vessel is chartered (NOTE: "Paying" crew is considered chartering).


Reunion is a French Overseas Department.

  • Same a for France apply.
  • See Official Site for full details of visa requirements and how to apply.

Visas should be obtained from a French Embassy or Consulate in advance and ensure that the visa given is valid for Reunion.

Health and Security

Chikungunya (a serious tropical disease transmitted by mosquitos), has appeared in Reunion of late. More info on the disease



Main marina is in Le Port (Pointe des Galets, West Coast)

Other ports: St. Pierre (South) 21° 19' 1 South , 55° 28' 59 East

St.Gilles (very low depth!)

Ste.Marie (North) Port is not suitable for sailing boats.


List transportation to other countries, or islands.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



Books, Guides, etc. Use the Reference template or not at your discretion. For example:

Rod Heikel, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, , ISBN Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718
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