May - August (Winter)
During winter, temperatures can fall below freezing in the mountainous areas of Reunion. It’s also the period when the island’s mountain peaks are most likely to be cloud-free: hikers prefer this time of year for that reason. On the coast, temperatures average in the high 70`sF, but the water in rivers and natural pools, and even in the ocean, is cool. Winter is also the ideal time of year for whale-watching. Humpback whales come to Reunion to mate and give birth before returning to the Antarctic with their new-born calves.
Events and Festivals
- Leu Tempo Festival (May) - Often regarded as the best of Réunion’s festivals, the Leu Tempo Festival brings artists from all over the world to take part in the many theatrical performances around Saint-Leu.
- Guava Festival (June) - The Guava fruit takes center stage during reunion’s Guava Festival. The major cities and towns of Réunion all celebrate this event, as markets and street stalls are overflowing with guava products.
- Safiko Musik Festival (June) - Held across three eventful days, the Safiko Musik Festival hosts the best local and international musical talents.
- Bastille Day (July 14) - France celebrates the start of the French Revolution, and since Réunion is a department of France, so too does the island.