Time difference
2 hours ahead of France in winter (GMT+3) and 1 hour ahead in summer (GMT+2).
Currency
Euros (€)
Flight time
10h00
Area size
376 km2
Languages
French
Local temperature
Between 21°C and 35°C
Population
279 500 inhabitants

Formalities

  • A valid ID card or passport

Information on customs and security formalities is provided as a guide.
Under no circumstances may Corsair be held responsible if your official documentation is not in order.

To prepare your trip, we suggest you contact the island’s tourist office:

Mayotte Tourist Board, Paris Branch

DASU, 33 rue OPERA  75002 PARIS

01 55 03 03 03 / fax. 0269 61 03 46

email: contact@mayotte-tourisme.com

Worth knowing

Be sure to take the usual health precautions regarding food and water. There are risks of malaria. Your GP will be able to advise you on an oral anti-malarial treatment. No particular vaccinations.

On site

Shopping hours

The shops are generally open from 08:00 to 16:00, and on Saturday morning

Transport

You can hire cars, motorbikes and scooters locally. However, since some roads are in a bad condition, driving can be difficult. The cities have “taxi-ville” taxis and rural areas have “taxi-brousse” (bush taxis): these are minivans that can pack in up to 15 people, a cheap way to get around.

Security

Mayotte is a relatively safe island, where you can stroll at night without any security concerns. However, be aware that some areas are more dangerous than others at night.

Services

Banks and post offices are open from 07:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday, and sometimes on Saturday morning.

Horaires des ouvertures des magasins, conseils et infos pour Mayotte

Celebrations and public holidays on Mayotte

•  Aïd-el-Fitr from 10th to 11th September 
•  Ras-el-Am or Mouharram from 7th to 8th December 
•  Achoura on 17th December 
•  Anniversary of the abolition of slavery on 27th May

The essentials

Mayotte has one of the biggest and most beautiful lagoons in the world, bordered by a long coral reef. Be sure to check out the traces of ancient volcanic activity on the island and the coastline deeply divided into capes, the peninsulas and white sandy islets, the deep bays bordered by mangroves, and various forest reserves (Manjimbini, Songoro Mbili, Mount Benara, Choungi de Sohoa reserve).

The island has fairly exceptional fauna and flora. You can find “maki” lemurs and a great variety of lizards. All year round there are dolphins swimming near the coasts, as well as humpbacked whales, which can be spotted between April and October.

Moreover, you need only put on a simple mask and snorkel to get a look at the turtles, which can often be found not far from the coasts.  The island also blooms with a wealth of exotic plants.

Mayotte, les incontournables

Gastronomy

The local cuisine is fairly basic, with the same staple foods often used again and again in traditional dishes: rice, manioc, bananas or breadfruits.

You can try out some fine barbecued fish near the beaches, as well as rougail, a Reunion dish with a spicy tomato sauce. As far as drinks are concerned, you can sip a delicious baobab juice or trembo, a juice extracted from the palm or coconut tree.

It is preferable to drink bottled water, especially in the bush. In Petite-Terre and Mamoudzou, the water is properly treated, but can still sometimes cause diarrhoea in more sensitive travellers.

La gastronomie à Mayotte

Culture

Between the last day of Ramadan, the Coconut Tree festival in M'ronabeja (October-November), Murengue (nighttime festival), Wadaja (traditional dance performed by women) and Deba (a traditional singing competition between women from different villages), there will be no lack of opportunity to discover and experience Mayotte culture.

As regards sports and leisure, the Mamoudzou tyre race (14th July) and the Mahoraid (an original sporting event held across the island) will delight enthusiasts.

Finally, the Medina of Moroni, the wonderful mosque and the ancient Bangoua Kouni and Iconi royal palaces are hot spots of Mayotte’s history and culture.

Vues de Mayotte, océan indien

Climate

There are two distinct seasons on Mayotte:
 

  • a dry season from May to November, with infrequent rain and pleasant temperatures
     
  • and cool evenings at altitude; and a hot season from November to April.
Mayotte le climat

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