Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is part of the Mascarene Islands with Mauritius and Rodrigues. Formerly named Ile Bourbon, Réunion is a French overseas department.

Close to Mauritius geographically, Reunion is not at all like its sister island. Both are of volcanic origin, but while the last volcano in Mauritius has been extinct for 10 or 15,000 years, Reunion still has one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, the Piton de la Fournaise.

And the three big circuses that are Cilaos, Salazie and Maffate still present impressive reliefs due to volcanoes certainly inactive and collapsed, but compared to Trou-aux-Cerfs in Mauritius, they look like youngsters.

Reunion Island is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers while Mauritius mainly attracts tourists in search of calm and fine sand.

Video gallery • Reunion Island