This Indian Ocean Island is situated about 200 km to the south west of Mauritius. It was previously called Île Bourbon by the French. Reunion is an overseas region of France. The language, cultural aspects and traditions of Reunion are very similar to Seychelles and Mauritius. The islands’ population has a mix of Indian, African, French, Chinese and Malagasy ancestry.
The island has a few volcanoes and mountains. The Piton de la Fournaise is a volcano located on the eastern side of the Island. Its climate and other geographical characteristics are quite similar to Hawaiian volcanoes and so its called a sister to Hawaiian volcanoes. Such volcanoes cause islands to be formed and Mauritius is one such island.