10 Reasons Why Travelers Are Wild About Reunion Island

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5. There’s great surfing — but beware of sharks

Looking for adventure and danger? Try surfing in Reunion island. Although the island is surrounded by big waves to surf, those waves are home to a healthy shark population as well. The sharks have been known to attack surfers, the most notable of which was a fatal attack in 2013 which sparked a surfing ban in Reunion island and an attempt by the French government to lower Reunion’s shark population. Several months later, the ban was lifted in October 2013. However, sharks or no sharks, Reunion continues to have an active local surf community who continue to defend Reunion as having “some of the best surfing in Africa.”


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