This small volcanic island is located roughly 500 miles east of Madagascar in the Western Indian Ocean. The island receives very heavy precipitation, and is lush and green except in the southeast, where the active volcano Piton de la Fournaise (8,632 ft.) rises from the sea. Its frequent eruptions continue to build the island's coastline. It most recently erupted in 1986, and again in 1992, although the lava flow from the second eruption stopped well short of the coast.
Reunion's highest peak is Piton des Neiges (10,070 ft.), an extinct volcano situated in the geologically older north central portion of the island.
The population is centered along the island's west coast, but a highway and a public bus system circumnavigate the island.