Indian Ocean Cruise 2010 - Reunion

From the port we could see plenty of houses dotted around the hillsides. The mountains were often covered in low cloud.

Background information:

Like Mauritius, Reunion is a volcanic island but is much younger and still it has an active volcano, the Piton de la Fournaise, which is more than 2,631 metres (8,632 ft) above sea level.

Réunion is one of the overseas départements of France so French is the main language and the Euro is the currency.

The island is 63 kilometres long and 45 kilometres wide

The trip to the volcano was fully booked so we decided to take the 1/2 hour bus trip to the seaside village of St Gilles,

Once this was a busy fishing port but now it is primarily a tourist resort so the harbour has been extended to accommodate private boats.

Nearby is the beach. The section that is protected by the harbour wall is for swimming but further north there ia an area set aside for surfers - where the waves are in the photo below.

This is the swimming area. We spent some time in the sea and then had a walk around the town. We noticed that all the tinned goods in the supermarket were from France.

We had a baguette for lunch, and it did taste just like the ones you get in France - lovely

After lunch we had another swim and then returned to the ship in the afternoon.

Reunion reminded us very much of the French Riviera


At sea, on board the MSC SInfonia.



Ile St-Marie, Madagascar.

Fort Dauphin, Madagascar.

Maputo, Mozambique.


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