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Mayotte is a French island in the Indian Ocean off East Africa between Madagascar and Mozambique.

Understand

Mayotte was ceded to France along with the other islands of the Comoros group in 1843. When Comoros voted for independence in the 1970s, Mayotte decided to remain a French "collective". In March 2009, the islands voted overwhelmingly (95.2%) to become France's 101st 'departement' effective in 2011. The island is 95% Muslim and many Muslim customs such as polygamy, Islamic-inspired law, and male dominance are commonplace, although all will be reversed in accordance with French law by 2011. A large amount of the island's population is composed of illegal aliens from neighboring Comoros. Despite the island's French ownership, less than half of the population understands French and very few speak French fluently.

Climate

Tropical; marine; hot, humid, rainy season during northeastern monsoon (November to May); dry season is cooler (May to November).

Landscape

Generally undulating, with deep ravines and ancient volcanic peaks.

Cities

  • Mamoudzou — capital of the island
  • Bandele
  • Dzaoudzi
  • Sada

Other destinations

Get in

By plane

Planes fly daily between Réunion and Dzaoudzi, the airport/military base in Mayotte. For a return flight from Paris to Mayotte on Air Austral, expect to pay at least €800.

Kenya Airways announced flights from Nairobi to Mayotte (via Comoros) in November 2006. This is an extension of their Paris-Nairobi flights.

Inter Iles Air uses an SAAB-340B aircraft to link Mayotte to Anjouan and Moroni several times a week.

By boat

The primary port is Dzaoudzi. Ferry service to Anjouan and Grande Comore is sporadic and costs about the same as a flight on Inter Iles Air.

Get around

The easiest way to get around Mayotte is with bush taxis ("taxi brousse") who will take you around the island for a few euros. Passenger and car ferries operate continuously between Dzaoudzi and Mamoudzou costing under a euro roundtrip for foot passengers.

Talk

French is the official language and is spoken by roughly 63% of the population. More commonly-spoken are Mahorian (a dialect of Swahili) and Malagasy.

Buy

Currency is the Euro (€). Local produce (bananas, manioc, fish) is inexpensive, imported items (dairy products, manufactured products) are expensive.

See

Do

  • A hike (almost a climb) to the summit of Mont Choungui will offer a spectacular panorama of the island
  • Makis (ring-tailed lemurs) can be found in remote regions of the island.
  • Diving is mandatory. Expect spectacular sights in the world's largest lagoon.
  • Sea turtles come to roost on the southern beaches.
  • In August-September, humpback whales can be found with their calves in the lagoon.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Work

Voluntary service: Volontariat Civil à l'Aide Technique (VCAT) Conditions: you must be French or from another EU-member state or a country belonging to the European Economic Area. You must be over 18 and under 28 years old (inclusive). You must not have had your civic rights revoked by a court or have been convicted of certain offences.

Stay safe

Cyclones can occur during the rainy season.

Stay healthy

Mayotte is a malaria-infested zone. Consult your doctor for anti-malaria medicine, and pile on mosquito repellent.

Respect

90% of the population is Muslim, following a very tolerant Islam. Say hello to people you will cross while hiking, always smile, and you will be respected.

Connect

Travel Journal Mayotte

VPjournals

Going on holiday to Mayotte? This useful travel journal will help you research, plan and record everything to get the most out of your trip.

Plan using the list of cool places to visit in Mayotte, great places to eat and a handy list of the best websites so you can do your own research.

Included in this book:

Trip Planning: Cool Places to visit in Mayotte Great places to eat in Mayotte Research your trip, including great websites to do your own research Postcard Reminder & Packing List

Mayotte Trip Diary Write a daily diary during your trip

Record details of people you met during your vacation

Plus a shoe and clothes size conversion chart to help you get the right sizes

”An amazing journal to record and remember your trip or to give others as a gift for their upcoming holiday”

Enjoy your trip to Mayotte, it is an incredible place

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary (Lonely Planet Phrasebook and Dictionary)

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world's #1 phrasebook publisher*

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful French phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Ask about tucked-away vineyards, bargain with local famers at the market or order wine like a professional; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!

Get More From Your Trip with Easy-to-Find Phrases for Every Travel Situation!

Feel at ease with essential tips on culture, manners, idioms and multiple meanings Order with confidence, explain food allergies, and try new foods with the menu decoder Save time and hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips Never get stuck for words with the 3500-word two-way, quick-reference dictionary Be prepared for both common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology Meet friends with conversation starter phrases Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides

Inside Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary:

Full-colour throughout User-friendly layout organised by travel scenario categories Survival phrases inside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cues Convenient features 5 Phrases to Learn Before You Go 10 Ways to Start a Sentence 10 Phrases to Sound like a Local Listen For - phrases you may hear Look For - phrases you may see on signs Shortcuts - easy-to-remember alternatives to the full phrases Q&A - suggested answers to questions asked Covers Basics - time, dates, numbers, amounts, pronunciation, reading tips, grammar rules Practical - travel with kids, disabled travellers, sightseeing, business, banking, post office, internet, phones, repairs, bargaining, accommodation, directions, border crossing, transport Social - meeting people, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, romance, culture, activities, weather Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, chemist, dentist, symptoms, conditions Food - ordering, at the market, at the bar, dishes, ingredients

The Perfect Choice:Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary , a pocket-sized comprehensive language guide, provides on-the-go language assistance; great for language students and travellers looking to interact with locals and immerse themselves in local culture.

Looking for just the basics? Check out Lonely Planet's Fast Talk French, a pocket-sized, essential language guide designed to get you talking quickly; perfect for a quick trip experience. Looking for an auditory guide to pronunciations? Check out Lonely Planet's French Phrasebook & Audio CD.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Michael Janes, Jean-Pierre Masclef, Jean-Bernard Carillet.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, and has been connecting travellers and locals for over 25 years with phrasebooks for 120 languages, more than any other publisher! With an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community, Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves. The world awaits!

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Travel Journal Mayotte

Good Journal

This journal is the perfect traveling companion for anyone visiting Mayotte. Plan and record all details of your trip, includes lined and blank pages for writing your daily diary and holiday planning, with handy information tailored for travelers. Lists to help you pack, plan and set budgets are included in this journal. The perfect gift for anyone visiting Mayotte.

3 Voyages à Mayotte (Volume 2) (French Edition)

Sylvie Chaussée-Hostein

3 Voyages de rêve. 3 Voyages aventure. 3 Voyages insolites. À travers des récits vécus, touchants et fascinants la collection « 3 Voyages » vous emmène au cœur de la nature sauvage, à la rencontre de traditions séculaires, au plus près de populations chaleureuses. Elle vous invite à partir en voyages extraordinaires dans des pays de rêve ! Pour allier séjour au soleil et vacances originales. Ces 3 Voyages à Mayotte (Volume 2) vous invitent à découvrir successivement : •La barge : lien vital entre les deux îles qui forment l’archipel, elle impose son rythme à la société mahoraise ;•La coutume ancestrale du deba. Ces chorales de jeunes filles oscillent entre ferveur religieuse et rituel de séduction ;•L’art mahorais de la bijouterie : un artisanat traditionnel aussi raffiné que précieux. Bons Voyages !

3 Voyages à Mayotte (French Edition)

Sylvie Chaussée-Hostein

3 Voyages de rêve. 3 Voyages aventure. 3 Voyages insolites. À travers des récits vécus, touchants et fascinants la collection « 3 Voyages » vous emmène au cœur de la nature sauvage, à la rencontre de traditions séculaires, au plus près de populations chaleureuses. Elle vous invite à partir en voyages extraordinaires dans des pays de rêve ! Pour allier séjour au soleil et vacances originales Ces 3 Voyages à Mayotte vous invitent à découvrir successivement : •Le lagon : connu pour être le plus grand du monde, il renferme une myriade d’îlots riches de trésors naturels et de légendes ;•Les secrets de beauté des Mahoraises : des recettes ancestrales à la séduction ensorceleuse et aux parfums enivrants ;•L’habitat mahorais, traditionnel ou moderne, il conserve ses codes, hauts en couleurs. Bons Voyages !

Tourism, History and Culture of Mayotte: A hidden environment need to be discovered, find out about this small country

Anderson Jones

Tourism Mayotte is an island that has some thousands of people inside it, these people are of mixed….. More will be discovered in this book, but for your awareness, this tiny nation is still hidden to many people, and it is a big loss of opportunity in tourism and vacations, Mayotte is a tourist destination due to its location and environment, the people that made up this tiny country are wonderful people in nature….. More will be disclosed in this book, but the importance is to know that Mayotte it a great place for tourism and vacation in Mayotte is fantastic, as well as History and Culture

Malagasy-English/English-Malagasy: Dictionary and Phrasebook (Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebook)

Janie Rasoloson

Malagasy, the national language of Madagascar, has over 10 million speakers. This dictionary and phrasebook provides the traveller to this beautiful island with the means for basic communication, as well as an introduction to the country's culture.

Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Crime

Although infrequent, petty crime such as pick-pocketing, purse snatching and theft from unlocked cars occurs. Exercise caution in crowded outdoor markets, parks and beaches. Ensure that personal belongings, passport, and other travel documents are secure at all times.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations occur and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.

Transportation

Located in the Indian Ocean, Mayotte is part of the Comoros archipelago. Mayotte is made up of two main islands, Grande-Terre and Petite-Terre, and several other small islands, including Mtsamboro, Mbouzi and Bandrélé.

Taxis are the only urban public transport. It is possible to travel between the islands by boat. You should avoid boats that are in poor condition or overcrowded, as there have been incidents of boats capsizing in the past.

Car rental agencies are also available. The road network is currently being rehabilitated, so it should be noted that road quality is still variable. In some spots, the lack of maintenance, lighting and traffic lights is deplorable.

Consult our Transportation FAQ in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

General safety information

Tourist facilities are limited.

France’s main telecommunications carriers operate in Mayotte, providing reliable access to the telephone network. Broadband Internet access (ADSL) has also been also available in Mayotte since April 2012, and work to improve the network is ongoing. 

Mayotte has all the traditional postal services; the post office is a modern and reliable institution. 

Emergency services

Dial 15 or 02 69 61 86 86 to reach the police, 17 to reach the gendarmerie and 18 to reach fire fighters.

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
 

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives, or with weakened immune systems. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should consider getting vaccinated.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from a country where yellow fever occurs.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care provider.
Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in East Africa, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in East Africa. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!

Travellers' diarrhea
  • Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
  • Risk of developing travellers’ diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
  • The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in East Africa, certain insects carry and spread diseases like African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), chikungunya, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, onchocerciasis (river blindness), Rift Valley feverWest Nile virus and yellow fever.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.


Malaria

Malaria

  • There is a risk of malaria throughout the year in the whole country.
  • Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is spread by mosquitoes. There is no vaccine against malaria.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. This includes covering up, using insect repellent and staying in well-screened air-conditioned accommodations. You may also consider sleeping under an insecticide-treated bednet or pre-treating travel gear with insecticides.
  • See a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before you travel to discuss the benefits of taking antimalarial medication and to determine which one to take.

Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in East Africa, like avian influenza and rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

A general hospital offering a wide range of health care services is available in Mamoudzou, and there is also an auxiliary hospital in Dzaoudzi. There are no hospitals outside these major cities, but it is possible to visit a doctor or a local clinic.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.

Canada and France are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in France to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and French authorities.

Dual citizenship

Although France recognizes dual citizenship, dual citizens are considered French citizens and are subject to French laws. Consult our publication entitled Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know for more information.

Dress and behaviour

The majority of the population is Muslim. Dress conservatively, behave discreetly, and respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities.

Money

The currency is the Euro (EUR). Automated Banking machines are increasing in numbers and are common in Mamoudzou and Petite-Terre.

Climate

There are two seasons in Mayotte: the hot and humid season (November to April) with possible cyclones and northeastern monsoons; and the dry season (May to October).