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By No owner — last modified Nov 04, 2015 01:53 PM

 Reunion Island - Profile

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  • La Reunion Island is a small French island in the South Indian Ocean lying south-west of Mauritius. It is a useful stop for yachts sailing from the latter to South Africa. It is an "overseas department" (département d'outre-mer or DOM) of France.
  • With a large resident sailing community, Reunion has the best yachting facilities of any island in the Indian Ocean.
  • The marina at Pointe des Galets on the West coast is well-sheltered and most cruising sailors tend to stop here. The capital St Denis is 17 km away.
  • Facilities are better in the town of St Pierre in the south of the island where the marina was recently expanded and repair facilities are good. The entrance into the port is quite difficult due a sand bank limiting access, but there are good range markers. The marina is situated in the centre of town, berthing rates are good, with places for visiting boats and 24 hour security.
  • There is also a small marina at Saint Gilles les Bains, near the island's best beaches and a centre for charter operations.
  • The lush interior of this volcanic island has some stunning mountain scenery, and many people go walking in the mountains. It is a last opportunity to stretch one's legs before the long and possibly rough passage to South Africa.
  • The Scattered Islands - Juan de Nova, Europa, Bassas da India, Iles Glorieuses and Tromelin - are uninhabited islands near Madagascar. After Madagascan independence they remained French, and are administered by the Reunion Commissioner. Tromelin is claimed by both the Seychelles and Mauritius.
  • NOTE: Duty free diesel is available after clearing out at 0.66 EUR per litre (August 2015)
  • Provisioning: Prices are normally more expensive than Mauritius. Large hypermarket with European brands.

Security

Few reports have been received concerning yacht security in Reunion. However, don't be complacent and always remember to secure any loose items of value on deck and keep your dinghy and outboard safe and secure, as with anywhere else in the world.

Weather

The average temperature on the coast is 18-31°C, although it is cooler in the hilly interior. The island is divided by its mountain range into the lusher, rainier windward side and the drier leeward side to the south and west. Reunion lies in the SE trade wind area, and the cyclone season is from mid-November to April. The island is occasionally affected by cyclones.

Useful phone numbers:-

Weather forecast : 0892 68 08 08 or 3250

Weather forecast at sea : 0836 68 01 01

Cyclone information : 0836 68 01 01

Meteo France Outre-mer (in French)

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 04, 2015 01:52 PM

Posted on behalf of Guillaume Pignol:
Glorioso Islands - in the northern Mozambique channel, about 160 kilometres (99 mi) northwest of Madagascar.
We were in the Glorieuses for two days (Île du Lys). After one day a boat with soldiers and a policeman came. He said we have to leave now. We talked a little and explained and were allowed to stay one more night.

They told us it is possible to get permission to visit the Glorieuses from:
Siège des Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF)
Rue Gabriel Dejean
97410 Saint-Pierre, île de La Réunion
Standard téléphonique: (depuis la France) 02 62 96 78 78
Appel international: 00262 2 62 96 78 78

philheaton
philheaton says:
Oct 05, 2015 11:15 AM

UPDATE ON LA REUNION
If you are planning on visiting La Reunion then please note the following:
1. Visiting yachts can be accommodated in Le Port, and there is space in the new marina – if it were to be full, then alongside the walls outside the old marina where yachts used to tie up and raft up, is still available.
2. While it is a good idea to email the Marina management (jerome.belhuerne@reunion.port.fr or pierre.dalele@reunion.port.fr) do not be surprised if you do not get a reply and boats have not been turned away for failing to email.
3. There is a very good haul out and hard standing with water and electricity, but space is at a bit of a premium – contact Pascal at starnettmarine@izi.re – travel lift for monohulls.
4. There is some night security now, so not much noise in the evening around the new marina – on Fridays and Saturdays there may be a few small groups of young people drinking and partying but not on a large or intrusive scale. We have been here for two weeks (5th October) and no subwoofers at 0300, no screeching tyres and drag races, no prostitutes etc There was a family type event with stage, food and beer stalls, one Saturday starting at 2000 with a rap group for an hour and a comedy duo for an hour – all over by 2230. There is occasionally a small amount of rubbish left behind but no need for any side stepping to go to the showers/toilets in the morning.
MINNIE B arrived from Mauritius on 23rd September 2015 at 1230 and went to the arrival pontoon in the old marina having been given directions from calling Port Control on VHF Ch16. We were met by Pierre – one of the marina staff and he helped with our lines. He telephoned Pascal at Starnett Marine, who came over immediately and took Phil to the haul out dock. We proceeded to the haul out dock and were chocked by 1430. Mechanics from Waterland Services started work at 1600 to replace the cutless bearing and shaft seal. The work was completed the following day and we relaunched on the morning of 25th September to take a berth in the new marina.
So that’s all good then.

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