The island paradise just as pretty as the Maldives but with hardly any tourists

A stunning island paradise in the Indian Ocean has been called just as pretty as the Maldives but it has hardly any tourists.

Réunion Island is a French overseas territory and is part of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean.

Just east of Madagascar, it was named by Business Insider as one of the world’s most stunning islands that flies under the radar.

Holiday rental site HomeToGo called it a “fantastic alternative to the popular Maldives”, an archipelagic state off the coast of India.

Réunion Island has a population of 873,000 that speaks predominantly Réunion Creole despite French being the official language.

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Réunionis formed in the west by Salazies Mountain, an extinct volcano, and in the east by Grand Brule Mountain which is home to the active volcano Piton de la Fournaise.

Michel Karam, CEO of müvTravel, called Réunion Island “one of the most unusual island paradises on the planet. The island is known for its volcanic, rain-forested interior, coral reefs and beaches”.

It is a great place to go for an adventure holiday with opportunities to go hiking, swiming, paragliding, canyoning and rafting.

While those with a love of nature can try scuba diving, horse riding and whale watching.

The towns on the edges of the island also deserve to be explored, with restaurants, museums and sights to enjoy.

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There are a number of bed and breakfasts, hotel resorts and holiday villas across the island that visitors can stay in.

Most populated areas are on the edge of the island, with only one road crossing the centre of the country which is 100km by 60km.

Réunion Island can be visited by indirect flights from London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Birmingham.

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