Mamoudzou, Mayotte, Comoros Islands

Turtles, fish swimming in the Indian Ocean

Introduction to Mamoudzou, Mayotte, Comoros Islands

Mamoudzou is the capital of Mayotte, a beautiful French overseas department in the Comoros Islands archipelago. Located on Grand-Terre, the main island of Mayotte, Mamoudzou is a gateway to the region’s most spectacular sights and cultural delights.

Situated in the Mozambique Channel of the western Indian Ocean, some 190 miles northwest of Madagascar, Mayotte is comprised of two beautiful French-controlled islands: Grand-Terre and Petit-Terre. A nature lover’s paradise, Mayotte’s surrounding aquamarine waters are home to the largest lagoon in the Indian Ocean, boasting over 250 different species of hard coral. On boat tours around the island, you’ll see schools of tropical fish; while turtles, dolphins and whales are also often spotted in the warm, clear waters too. Alternatively you could get even closer to the lagoon’s fascinating fauna and flora on an unforgettable snorkelling or scuba diving adventure.

Ashore there’s much to explore in Mayotte too, including an extensive network of lush mangroves and humid rainforests. Grand-Terre – the main island of Mayotte – features stunning volcanic landscapes, marked by deep ravines and soaring ancient peaks. Hikers will be keen to scale the spectacular 660-metre high Mount Benara and 572-metre Mount Mtsapere; although smaller summits, such as Mount Combani and Dziani Bole are easier to climb and still offer incredible vistas. For a more relaxing experience, you could of course head to the white-sand beaches and enjoy the warm Indian Ocean climate.

Mamoudzou – Mayotte’s sprawling capital – is the place to sample the region’s French-influenced culture and charm. Home to approximately 54,000 friendly inhabitants, Mamoudzou is where Mayotte’s best shops, markets and restaurants are found. There isn’t many – after all, Mamoudzou is a still a small city – but there’s still enough to offer a true taste of the region. Speaking of taste, you’re sure to find something tempting to try in Mamoudzou, with French, Creole, Arabic and African inspired cuisine on offer. 

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TOUR A - THE SOUTH: ON THE PERFUME TRAIL

  • Admire the biggest Baobab tree on the island
  • Spend time exploring the spice and scent filled botanical gardens
  • Sample local fresh juices

 

Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 - 3.5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Departing with your local guide, today you will discover the eastern coast of Mayotte and enjoy the main sights of the South!

Following the eastern coast, your first stop will be at the Musical Plage to admire the biggest Baobab of the island, along its golden brown beach with the Bambo Islet fronting you.

Continuing on, you will head along the Choungui Pass where it is possible to enjoy the Choungui Peak which dominates the south of the island and Bouéni bay. (no stop will be made here)

Heading back up the west coast, a stop will be made in Tahiti Plage to enjoy the view before you head across the island and stop at the botanical gardens. Here a refreshing drink will be served while you enjoy local singing and dancing. Taste some local fresh juices in this wonderful garden full of spices and scents of the island and if you are lucky you may spot the odd lemur.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves small amounts of walking; therefore it is suitable for guests with limited mobility however guests must be able to get on and off the transport unaided. 

 


TOUR B - DISCOVER THE LAGOON

  • Admire the treasures of the world’s biggest lagoon
  • Discover the islets and isolated beaches
  • Observe the fauna that calls this area home

 

Boat Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited to 11 participants per departure
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

The Islands of Comoros are home to one of the largest coral lagoons in the world, with an area of 1,500 square kilometres (579 square miles) comprising of a width varying from three kilometres (1.8 miles) to 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) and has an average depth of 30 metres (98 foot) to 70 metres (230 foot). Mayotte itself was surrounded by a fringing reef, which has evolved into a barrier reef and this is what you will discover today.

Depart from the pier onboard your zodiac and head for the biggest closed lagoon in the world. Sheltered from the fury of the ocean is a haven for very diverse flora and fauna. Dolphins, turtles and fish can all be found here. Small colourful and deep sea fish coexist harmoniously in this natural aquarium in an environment of coral reefs.

Approximately 30 islets dot the lagoon and this is where you will stop for some time to enjoy a cooling juice drink and time on the white sands or searching the crystal clear waters for its inhabitants.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves very small amounts of walking however you must be agile enough to board the zodiac boat (rigid inflatable boat). Life jackets will be provided. The boats will be boarded from a solid pier at the beginning and end but please be prepared for a wet landing when you arrive at the islet; therefore it is recommended you wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet. The boats will move at speed so please be prepared to get bumped around. It is recommended that you where sun protection and also carry a waterproof jacket in case of rain. If you wish to snorkel during your time at leisure you may do so at your own risk. Snorkelling equipment will not be provided so you will need to bring your own. What wildlife will be seen on this tour cannot be guaranteed due to them living in their natural environment.

 


TOUR C - GLASS BOTTOM BOAT DISCOVERY

  • Discover this famous barrier reef without getting wet
  • Marvel at the famous la Passe en S Marine Reserve
  • Enjoy a refreshing juice drink onboard

 

Boat Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 1.5 hours
LimitationVery Limited Availabilty
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

If you would like to view the magnificent underwater world whilst staying completely dry then this is the tour for you!

Departing the pier onboard your glass bottom boat you will head towards the barrier reef and the famous Passe en S which is now a marine reserve in the shape of an S. This famous spot, well known by divers, you will be able to admire the natural marine reserve with its colourful fish and different variety of corals.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves very small amounts of walking however you must be agile enough to board the boat unaided. It is recommended that you wear sun protection and also carry a waterproof jacket in case of rain. This tour is exactly the same as tour E, however the glass bottom boat has more basic facilities and no toilet facilities onboard. Life jackets will be provided. 

 


TOUR D - DISCOVER SMALL ISLAND

  • Learn of the story of Mayotte with the discovery of Petite Terre
  • Appreciate stunning views of Grande Terre
  • Sample local fresh juices

 

Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Consisting of the Main Island, Small Island and several islets around these two, Mayotte has plenty to explore. On this tour you will be taken to the small island which was once home to the capital of Mayotte and retains much of its colonial past.

Departing from the pier at Mamoudzou you will take the local pedestrian ferry for the fifteen minute journey across the channel to the island of Petite Terre or Small Island.

Once on the other side you will board your coach and journey to the suburb of Le Rocher of Dzaoudzi, formally the capital of Mayotte until 1977, where you will be able to view the colonial past of this island reflected in its buildings including the residence of the Governor.

Your next stop will be at a local market hall to discover the main local fruits, vegetables and spices used by the locals including green bananas, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and pepper. 

Continuing on, drive past a local village to reach the mangrove swamps in Les Badamiers. Some time at leisure here will allow you to admire the view to Grande Terre or Main Island before you continue on your way to explore more of Small Island by coach.

A stop at a local restaurant will allow you to enjoy a cooling refreshment and sample tropical fruits whilst appreciating the landscapes surrounding you.

All refreshed you will drive to the ferry terminal for your return journey to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal amounts of walking over mainly flat terrain, this will include approximately 100 metres from the tender arrival point and the ferry departure point. Some stony terrain will be present at Les Badmiers during your time at leisure. If you wish to reach the upper deck of the ferry steps will need to be negotiated. It is not possible to take wheelchairs on the ferry.

 


TOUR E - BUBBLE BOAT DISCOVERY

  • Discover this famous barrier reef without getting wet
  • Be intrigued by the underwater world in la Passe en S
  • Enjoy a refreshing juice drink onboard

 

Boat Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationVery Limited Availability
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

If you would like to view the magnificent underwater world whilst staying completely dry then this is the tour for you!

Departing the pier onboard your bubble boat you will head towards the barrier reef and the famous Passe en S which is now a marine reserve in the shape of an S. This famous spot, well known by divers, you will be able to admire the natural marine reserve with its colourful fish and different variety of corals. 

CORRECT FOR INDIAN OCEAN FLY CRUISE SEASON 2017/18

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves very small amounts of walking however you must be agile enough to board the boat unaided. It is recommended that you wear sun protection and also carry a waterproof jacket in case of rain. This tour is exactly the same as tour C, however the bubble boat is a more luxury boat with seats available to use whilst viewing and toilet facilities onboard and will travel at a slower speed. Life jackets will be provided. 

 


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