Mayotte: what to do, what to see...

In the Indian Ocean, between continental Africa and the island of Madagascar, Mayotte is a paradise for divers, who flock here to see the spectacular corals in the world’s largest enclosed lagoon. On its hiking trails, you’ll encounter protected native species, like the lemur, the drongo or even the amazing Mayotte sunbird. Here we go!
WHAT TO SEE

• Mont Choungi
• The islet of Saziley
• The Coconi botanic gardens 
• N'Gouja beach
• Lake Karihani
• Dzaoudzi village
• The fields of the Guerlain plantation
• The 210 steps at Acoua
• The small town of Mamoudzou
• The Bouéni peninsula

WHAT TO DO

• Work on your coordination by practising Moringue, the local form of boxing
• Shed a tear as you watch the turtles lay their eggs on Moya beach
• Marvel at the ballet of humpback whales in the lagoon
• Swim with dolphins and terns off Saziley Point
• Open your eyes wide by diving the Passe en S underwater nature reserve
• Jump back 3 billion years at Dziani crater lake
• Explore the Choizil islets with mask and snorkel
• Explore the mangrove swamp by canoe to get up close and personal with its inhabitants
• Learn the art of Bandrélé salt and have a laugh with the ‘mama shingos’ who make it
• Make friends with the brown lemurs

WHAT TO EAT

• Matsidza rice
• Kakamoukou fish curry
• Fish mataba with manioc and coconut milk
• Kebabs and mabawas
• Chicken Pilao
• Tomato rougail
• Kangué stew
• Poutou chillis
• Baobab juice

WHAT TO BRING BACK

• Spices
• Vanilla essence
• Ylang Ylang essence
• Sculpted baobab fruit
• Stamps
• A Salouva, the traditional costume worn by the women of Mayotte
• Bandrélé salt
• A hat from Sada

Getting to Mayotte 

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