Reunion is a small (38 x 28 miles) volcanic island that emerged from the sea some 3 million years ago east of Madagascar and a little over 100 miles from Mauritius, the next nearest point of land in the Indian Ocean. The rugged landscape fringed by beautiful beaches resembles that of Hawaii. The highest spot on Reunion is an incredible 8500 feet in elevation and is also an active volcano. The island seems to have had no permanent settlement until the seventeenth century, when people from Madagascar and elsewhere in Africa, along with some Europeans, established a presence. France was given control after World War II and has invested in the infrastructure, allowing an economy based on agriculture, fishing and tourism to develop.
The coast of Reunion enjoys a typical tropical climate, but the weather remains cool in the interior highlands; the rainy season runs from roughly November to April. With all of its beaches, forests and mountains, Reunion is a paradise for tourists looking for remote paradise. As an added attraction, there are 3 golf courses currently in operation on the island. The finest of these is Golf du Bassin Bleu, with superb views of the sea. The 18 holes at Golf Club de Bourbon make the most of the tropical scenery, and the 9-holer at Golf du Colorado has its own charms. Given that Reunion is working to bolster its tourist industry, it is to be expected that more lovely courses like these will open in the not-too-distant future.