- 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
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.
The shops are generally open from 08:00 to 16:00, and on Saturday morning
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.
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.
Banks and post offices are open from 07:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday, and sometimes on Saturday morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.