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Mayotte is one of the overseas department and region of France. It is situated on the Indian Ocean off Southeast Africa, lying between Mozambique and Madagascar. The archipelago consists of two islands; the main Grande-Terre, and the smaller Petite-Terre, and several other islets surrounding the two. Together, they occupy an area of 374 square kilometres, and are very densely populated with 212,645 people. The largest city and administrative jurisdiction is Mamoudzou. The island nation Comoros claims Mayotte as one of the Autonomous Islands of Comoros geographically, but the people of Mayotte decide for the island to remain a French collective.

Sea Blue Safari - Book a daytrip at the Sea Blue Safari in Mamoudzou for the opportunity to swim with sea turtles, dolphin, manta rays, and other marine life in their natural habitat.

Mayotte's Lagoon - Mayotte contains one of the largest and richest lagoons in the world, and is blessed to be one of the few islands in the world with a double barrier reef. The barrier separating the lagoon from the sea is an excellent spot for scuba diving enthusiasts. The lagoon offers several types of diving, including shark diving, reef diving, shore diving, and drift driving. Divers from all levels of experience, whether you are a beginner or advanced, will find a suitable dive site at Mayotte's lagoon. Some of the most popular dive spots are Le Passe S, Boa Bench, N'Gouja, Mbouini, Passe Bandrele - Les Ancres, and Bambo Island. There are lots of marine life to be observed in the lagoon, and the sheer beauty of the scenic views underwater makes diving the best thing to do in Mayotte. In order to protect this natural beauty, several of the sites encompass parts of a protected marine reserve, hence hunting and fishing is not allowed.

Mont Choungui - In the southern part of Mayotte is a conical volcanic mountain called Mont Choungui. The mountain shoots up to a height of 593 metres, making it the second highest point of the island. It covers an area of 1600 hectares, and is home to populations of several bird species, including Comoro Blue-pigeons, Mayotte White-eyes, and Red-headed Fodies. The area was declared an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. Mont Choungui is also a great place for a hike, offering a breath-taking panoramic view of the island.

How to get around within Mayotte

The fastest, easiest, and most efficient way to get around the island is by taking a bush taxi. Should you want more flexibility and freedom in terms of time and destinations, you can also avail of cheap car rentals at the town centre, or else rent a scooter and a helmet. There are no bicycles for rent in Mayotte.

How to get there

The Dzaoudzi Pamandzi International Airport located in Dzaoudzi is the primary airport serving Mayotte. It is the only airport in Mayotte that offers scheduled passenger flights. Most of its flights operate to and from destinations in Africa and France. Airlines that serve the airport are Air Austral, Air Madagascar, Comores Aviation, Corsair International, Inter Iles Air, Ewa Air, Kenya Airways, and XL Airways France. 

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