We were thinking about visiting Reunion in July with our 8-year old daughter and have a few questions: 1. Is the ocean warm enough at that time of year for us to go in the water? Is there a significant difference in water temperature and currents between the different sides of the island? 2. We plan to rent a car so that we can drive around the island and do some sightseeing. Can you get to the volcanos by car? We love to hike, but realize that our daughter's legs will only last so long hiking hilly terrain. 3. Where is the best part of the island to use as a base for our stay if we want to have a mix of beach and sightseeing? 4. We are considering Mauritius and the Seychelles as alternative destinations. It seems to us that Reunion has the best mix of beach and scenery of the three, but we would love to hear other people's opinions. We can speak and understand both French and English.