Mayotte is located at the entrance of the Mozambique Channel, in the Comoros archipelago. Several islands make up this French overseas department. The two main ones are Petite-Terre and Grande-Terre. The lagoon of Mayotte, vast of 1 100 km 2 , is protected by a double barrier of coral. The underwater biodiversity is very rich: green and interlaced turtles, whales and their calves, dolphins or dugongs cross in the warm waters of Mayotte. On land, the huge baobabs are home to colonies of fruit bats, fruit bats, and makis fascinating orange eyes.
Mayotte diving is an incredible plenitude of corals of all shapes and a wide mixture of tropical fish in an enormous tidal pond with safe water. The other identity of this tidal pond is to have a twofold boundary reef: one far from the shore of 3 to 15 km, persistently around the island, cut by a few passes. There are also deep water diving sites available for experienced divers. These sites have depth of over 200 feet and at some points reaches to about 300 feet. So get your snorkel mask on and five into the clear waters of Mayotte.
There are other islands and spots nearby, which include famous Bambo and Chaozil. Like alternate islands of the Comoros, Mayotte is of volcanic birthplace. The landscape is mesmerizing and there are profound bayous lined with mangroves, rough capes, promontories and an isolate of sandy shorelines of all sizes and all shading, white sand to dark sand through the ‘ocher, dim, cocoa . For more than a million years; Mayotte was encompassed by a bordering reef, which then developed into a boundary reef, in addition to a variety of other things, the progressive sinking of the island.
Diving in Mayotte
Mayotte is populated by 215,000 inhabitants spread over an area of 374km2. Mayotte is the oldest island in the Comoros archipelago is a French overseas department. Located in the Indian Ocean and close to Madagascar. Mayotte is made up of two main islands, Petite Terre and Grande Terre surrounded by an almost uninterrupted double coral reef containing the third largest lagoon in the world (after the one in New Caledonia and Rangiroa). 12 deep passes from 20 meters to 70 meters deep make it possible to leave the lagoon.
South African Passport Holders need a CTOM visa for Mayotte which is applied for at the French Embassy – No visa required for Reunion Island
Flights depart on Sundays and Tuesdays in 2020
UU 342 Q JNBRUN 1410 2000
UU 274 Q RUNDZA 1030 1140
UU 275 Q DZARUN 1300 1610
UU 341 Q RUNJNB 1040 1255
OPTION 1 PACKAGE INCLUDES:
O’LOLO: ZAR30 747 per person sharing
SAKOULI: ZAR31 456 per person sharing
JARDIN MAORE: ZAR32 739 per person sharing
OPTION 2 PACKAGE INCLUDES:
O’LOLO: ZAR31 237 per person sharing
SAKOULI: ZAR31 743 per person sharing
JARDIN MAORE: ZAR32 756 per person sharing
Rates are valid for travel from February to September. They are subject to availability, currency and airport tax fluctuations. If you have children travelling with you please advise their ages so we may quote accordingly. For rates from October to January – please enquire with us.
What to do in Mayotte?
Mayotte is a paradise destination famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, the most famous are Mtsanga Tsoholé, Mtsamboro and N’gouja. There are also black sand beaches close to Bandrélé.
The lagoon offers the opportunity to discover desert islets and practice snorkeling over beautiful coral reefs. Some operators propose to observe the marine mammal such as dolphins, reef sharks, humpback whales (from July to the end of October), killer whales, sperm whales, manta rays and dugongs (very rare).
The mangroves (Aquatic Forests) cover a third of the coastline of Mayotte and contribute to the balance of biological systems between the littoral and the lagoon. There are endemic species of birds and crustaceans. For an unforgettable experience, nothing better than kayaking to sneak through the quirky branches of mangroves.
Mayotte is a paradise for divers from all over the world. The coral reef that borders the lagoon is 1,500 meters wide, 200 meters high and pierced by more than a dozen passes that offer many exceptional dive spots for scuba divers. A second coral belt 50 to 800 meters wide runs along the coast of Mayotte and completes the internal barrier of 15 km long. Among the most beautiful dive sites are the Airmen’s Fallen (East), the Saziley Pass (Southeast) and the Boat Pass (Southwest) where 90 meters are waiting for you. However The S Pass in the East is known as the best dive site in Mayotte. Those pass are perfect to observe manta rays, gray sharks or white tip sharks and sea turtles. The corals and the variety of fish will blow your mind.
Visibility in Mayotte is really great. You can expect clear water with 15 to 40 meters visibility depending on the scuba diving site.
Current are almost inexistent inside the lagoon. However it could be very strong in the pass.
Level requirement : dive center propose diving for all level, from beginner diver to experienced diver.
Water temperature varies between 25 and 28°C.
What to see while diving in Mayotte?
The coral reefs offer divers a breathtaking underwater show illustrated by vertiginous drops plunging into the abyss, gardens of sea fans and black coral, a relief made of canyons and a beautiful volcanic landscape. In this sumptuous setting, there are over 800 species of fish, some of them are now threatened by global warming. The lagoon serves as a shelter for a number of iconic species including dugongs, humpback whales, dolphins, gray sharks, white tip sharks, hammerhead sharks, green turtles, hawksbill turtles and giant manta rays.
The Maki of Mayotte
At the Maoré Garden, the makis are your companions. These adorable lemurs live in colonies in the trees of the tropical garden of the Resort. The makis are easy to approach, they will come to examine you closely and can even try to steal food from you! Their little hands are similar to ours: they are provided with 5 ungulate fingers and fingerprints. Their soft fur and their eyes of a golden orange make adorable soft toys that you want to caress. Easy to approach, they will not leave you if you agree to give them a piece of fruit. However, we recommend that you do not feed them because it changes their eating habits and can affect their health.