Still far too little known, Mayotte is the little treasure of sea-bottom enthusiasts. And for good reason, the island has not one, but two coral reefs, forming a calm and warm lagoon all year round. A particularity that has not escaped the whales, whale sharks, turtles, dugongs, manta rays and dolphins that come to bask in complete safety. If the "lagoon island" as it is nicknamed is a wonder under the surface, it is also very rich on the land. From N'gouja, in the south of the Grande-Terre, Madagascar is only 300 km away. We find baobabs and lemurs whose curiosity outweighs their shyness, to our great delight. Belonging to the Comoros archipelago until 2009, the island has kept its traditions and festivities. Muslim and matriarchal, Mahoran society is cosmopolitan: in the street people speak French, Shimaore, Shibushi and sometimes Malagasy. Women are everywhere, draped in beautiful coloured salouvas decorated with flowers and jewellery. Here laughter is omnipresent and generosity takes on a whole new meaning when the evening comes, when men and women gather around the pike mamas who prepare chicken, manioc and bread fruit on their charcoal barbecues. This tourist guide invites you to discover the two inhabited islands, Petite-Terre and Grande-Terre, as well as the main islets that surround them.

What to visit Mayotte?

When to go to Mayotte?

The beaches will never be crowded in Mayotte but the accommodation capacity is limited. So we can have some surprises. If possible, the ideal is to avoid metropolitan and Reunion Island school holidays, this makes it easier to enjoy the peace and quiet of the island and to book accommodation, rental cars, activities such as water sports outings much more easily.

Whales. Whales come to the warm waters of the lagoon to give birth from mid-July to mid-October. So, during this whole period, we can leave to observe them. It is better to book in advance to be sure to be able to go on safari, as the demand is so high.

How to go to Mayotte? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Some tour operators specialising in diving or hiking offer organised trips to Mayotte, some with multi-day sailing trips, not to be missed. It is advisable to spend a minimum of ten days in Mayotte to enjoy it. A trip to Mayotte can be combined with a stay in Reunion Island, Madagascar or the Comoros.

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Mayotte is suitable for solitary travellers, most establishments have websites or can be contacted by the Tourist Office. It will be necessary to book your accommodation and activities in advance because the capacity of the establishments is often low. This will help to avoid some last-minute unpleasant surprises

In the car. It is the best and most suitable solution to discover Mayotte at your leisure and at your ease. The roads are of good quality. They circle the island and cross it through the mountains in four places, linking the east and west coasts

By taxi. They are the most affordable means of travel, serving the entire island and serving as public transport. Urban taxis in town, interurban taxis or bush taxis in villages

Prepare for your trip Mayotte

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The beaches will never be crowded in Mayotte but the accommodation capacity is limited. So we can have some surprises...
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Weather forecast

Mayotte can be discovered at any time of the year, but it should be noted that the island has two seasons.

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Budget

Mayotte is in France, we use the euro. It is ideal to always bring a little cash with you as few institutions accept...
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Formalities

Anyone of French nationality can enter and leave Mayotte as they wish, and stay there as long as they wish, provided...
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Health

Vaccines. Although there is no mandatory vaccination to travel to Mayotte, the Pasteur Institute of Tropical M...
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How to travel by yourself?

Mayotte is suitable for solitary travellers, most establishments have websites or can be contacted by the Tourist Off...
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How to get organized?

Some tour operators specialising in diving or hiking offer organised trips to Mayotte, some with multi-day sailing tr...
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Getting around

In the car. It is the best and most suitable solution to discover Mayotte at your leisure and at your ease. Th...
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