Reunion Island is a popular spot for those seeking paradise — a beautiful French resort in the Indian Ocean, where the sun always shines, the sands are golden and the waters warm, it’s a great place to hike, surf and dive – as you can see whales, dolphins and beautiful exotic fish. However, great dangers lurk in those waters and you don’t want to go in the water without a guide.
There has been a sharp rise in shark attacks here in recent times, many of them fatal. This is considered a high-risk location — with surfers in particular danger. Dubbing the issue ‘the shark crisis’, island authorities have banned surfing in certain areas, yet still people take their lives in their hands and head out on their boards, never guaranteed to return.
Reunion lies on the so-called ‘shark highway’, between Australia and South Africa, hence the increasing number of deadly predators here. Between 2011 and 2016, 16% of the world’s fatal shark attacks happened in Reunion’s waters. Still thinking about swimming?