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About Saint Denis Réunion

Saint-Denis, the capital of Rèunion, is located at the islands' northernmost point. Residence to a diminutive population of 145,347 people. Known as the most prosperous island in the Indian Ocean; where exotic, gorgeous beaches, embrace the white embroidered borders of the coastline. Awe-inspiring views and scenic landscapes present opportunities for world-class adventure and eco-tourism.

Cheap flights to Saint-Denis are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Saint-Denis is home to the Roland Garros Airport (RUN), which is an enjoyable 15-minute drive from the city centre. Roland Garros Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Air Mauritius and Air Austral. Non-stop international flights to Saint-Denis, Rèunion departure from Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Saint-Denis is approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Why visit Saint Denis Réunion

Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Reunion


The most prosperous island in the Indian Ocean, harbouring unique coral reef, and home to breath-taking views of tropical beaches. Coastline edged with casuarina trees, where locals picnic under.

Unique Tropical Beach

Arts & Culture

An abundance of architectural treasure, historical sites and colonial buildings – all rest in the warmth of the diversity of the city. Saint-Denis, Reunion is also home to world renowned pro-surfers.

Jambalaya Spicy Rice with Smoked Sausage


With such a diverse background and custom created dishes like, creole cake, jambalaya, creole beef and shellfish are but a few amongst many creole style dishes to be tried.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Réunion
Currency Euros
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 13.91 Euros
Language French, English
Hub Airport Roland Garros Airport (RUN)
Airline Air Mauritius and Air Austral
Time Zone GMT + 4:00 hours
Travel Adaptor Type E

Best time to visit Saint Denis Réunion

The climate in Saint-Denis, Réunion is tropical, but temperatures moderate with elevation. The high season is generally from June to August. Whilst these months offer a climatically cooler period, there are fewer availabilities within hotels because of the increasing number of tourists to the area. This tropical endpoint, sees yet another high season from September to April, with temperatures soaring from 27 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius. January can be extremely wet and sees a plummet in visitors’ numbers, whilst temperatures remain high. There are superb rates available for accommodation, whilst hiking trails see the least of the cluster. Humidity is on the rise during the low season, which is February to June. These are the months for extreme tempests, and hiking is not recommended during this time.

Weather & Climate in Saint Denis Réunion

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 17°C 17°C 17°C 19°C 20°C 22°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 21°C 20°C 18°C
High (°C) 25°C 25°C 25°C 26°C 27°C 29°C 30°C 30°C 29°C 28°C 27°C 26°C
Rainfall (mm) 70 49 47 44 95 151 263 216 290 160 81 75


Saint-Denis, is a department of Réunion and is an island in the Indian Ocean. Known as the most prosperous island; where exotic, gorgeous beaches, embrace the white embroidered coastline. Awe-inspiring views, and scenic landscapes present opportunities for world-class adventure and eco-tourism.

Cultural diversity plays a pivotal role in the island’s societal fabric. There is a plethora of architectural treasure, historical sites, colonial buildings and lively festivals that are a great occasion for one to engage oneself in local culture.

Saint-Denis, Réunion is a dream destination for lovers of the outdoors and hiking is the number one activity. Some of the most stimulating hiking trails in the southern hemisphere are to be found there. The unpretentious nature trails in the forest are more challenging, including multiple routes and iconic summits.

Visa & Customs

South African Passport holders do not need a visa to visit Saint-Denis, Réunion.

• Since March 2013, South African passport holders were no longer required to obtain a visa to travel to Réunion Island for short stays of up to 90 days. • Ensure that your passport has a validity period of at least 6 months. • Ensure your passport has 2 blank pages available for entry stamps. • There is no South African Embassy or Consulate on Réunion Island.

Health & Safety

All travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations, as you do require to be vaccinated for the country which you are visiting. There are no real health risks associated with travel to Saint-Denis, Réunion.

• A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. • Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A & B. • There is no chance of contracting malaria but precautions should still be taken against mosquito bites as there are occasional outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and chikungunya. • Réunion's medical facilities are very good. Most towns have doctors and clinics, while the principal hospital is in Saint-Denis. • Tap water is usually safe for drinking. • Public water sources are unsafe if labelled 'Eau non potable'.

Cost of Living

Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 145.75
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 62.47
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.35 R 50.67
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 41.64
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 38.00 R 109.66

Where to stay?

Accommodation in Saint-Denis, Réunion ranges from luxurious hotels to budget hostels. Whether you are embarking on a pleasure-seeking holiday or trying to spend less and see more, there is something suited to every budget.

Extensive sprawls of lavish suites adorned with curtains etched with beautiful embroidery and exquisite flooring are classic touches in these fashionable hotels. These hotels overlook the streets of the metropolitan and offer excellent facilities and services, with spiked room rates.

For those wanting to experience the apprehensive side of Saint-Denis, Réunion, or spend less, then a number of accommodation options can be found dotted around the city. Hostels, inns and budget hotels offer accommodation that is convenient, affordable and ideally situated in the bustling heart of Saint-Denis, Réunion.

Get Around

• Aero-bus airport shuttle: the shuttle is available by the airline and bookings can be placed when booking your airline ticket. • Bus: Buses run seven days a week, and bus terminals are available at major points in the city. The main long-distance bus station is on the waterfront. • Taxis: Are available at any time during the day and night, all registered taxi vehicles are clearly marked. Do not get into unmarked taxis. • You could also rent a car at any car rental.

Main attractions in Saint Denis Réunion





Surfing at Plage De L'Ermitage Beach

Surfing at Plage De L'Ermitage Beach

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