Things to see in Mayotte

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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Mayotte

Landscapes

Whether you are in the north or the south of Grande Terre, Mayotte is full of magnificent landscapes that you should not miss seeing for any reason. This is notably the case with Lake Dziani, located on Petite Terre, at the very heart of the island. This superb stretch of emerald-coloured water at the top of a crater helps to create an incomparable panorama which includes the surrounding reliefs and lagoon. More to the north, the road to Combani takes you on a visit through the scented fields of endemic flowers. It is also in this region that you can visit some of the traditional businesses, like the flower distilleries. We also strongly recommend that you climb Mount Benara, from the top of which you can enjoy a view all the way out to the northeastern tip of the island.

Coasts

What is great about Mayotte is that wherever you are, you are sure to find beautiful beaches. The village of Labattoir has the most beautiful sandy expanses on Petite-Terre. Most of the rocky inlets can be discovered on foot. It is only possible to discover the coastal landscapes of the tip of Handrema on foot. Nearby you will find M'tsamboro, a typical fishing village where guests are often proposed excursions on a pirogue. Indeed, these light boats provide an excellent way to best enjoy the landscapes. For example, in Bandrele you can go kayaking in a lagoon.

The fauna and flora

Mayotte is one of those islands where fauna, both maritime and terrestrial, abound. Fans of snorkelling will be able to see various types of turtles as well as numerous tropical fish in the lagoon. Further offshore it is not rare to spot dolphins playing and, from July to October, whales giving birth. On land, wild pigs, lemurs, bats and many birds share the territory. Mayotte's ecosystem also holds botanical treasures like the ylang-ylang flower, which is very scented. In the middle of the island you will find coconut and breadfruit trees.

Arts and culture

When you think of Mayotte, you are more likely to imagine yourself basking under coconut trees than walking around museums. Some of them are worth visiting, though, like the Mamoudzou Fishing Museum. Since some of the villages subsist mainly on this activity, it is normal that a cultural establishment is dedicated to it. The tomb of Sultan Adrian Souli is also worth having a look at, even if it's just to take advantage of the sublime panorama of the lagoon and Petite-Terre.

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