Cheap Flights to Mayotte

Mayotte is an overseas department and region of France, comprising the following islands: Grande-Terre (Maore), the main island, and Petite-Terre (Pamanzi), the smaller island, and surrounding islets. It is located in the northern Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Southeast Africa, between Mozambique and Madagascar. Its largest city and prefecture is Mamoudzou. In March 2011, Mayotte officially became the 101st overseas department of France. The French civil code, social welfare, and taxes apply in Mayotte. Despite being a French region, only 35% of the population understands French and fewer speak it fluently. Instead, majority speaks Mahorian, a Swahili dialect.

Mayotte is divided into 17 communes and 19 cantons, each of which corresponds to one of the communes. The only exception is the commune of Mamoudzou, which is divided into three cantons.

Make the most out of your trip by hiking to the summit of Mont Choungui, where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the island. See makis (ring-tailed lemur) in the remote regions, dive at the world’s largest lagoon, swim with sea turtles on the southern beaches, and between August and September, see humpback whales swim with their calves in the lagoon. Visit the island of Petite Terre, the smaller of the two main islands, and its two villages: Pamandzi and L’Abattoir. Here you’ll find the tranquil Moya Plage beach and also a volcanic crater called Dziani Dzaha. Go on west coast parts and you’ll find Bagamayo, an archeological site where pottery, tombs, and glass beads were uncovered, indicating a Shirazi settlement dating back to the 10th century. Eat French cuisine, including frog legs and crab dishes at Auberge de l’Île. Meanwhile, the Le Faré bar offers a more laidback atmosphere. Mamoudzou is home to majority of the restaurants, shops, and businesses in Mayotte. You’ll notice a cluster of European-style paint warehouses and tyre emporiums among open drains and heaps of garbage that is typical in any developing country’s port. But don’t be disheartened: there are a few gems here that are worth visiting: Hippocampe plongee, Mayotte Decouverte, Reve Bleu, La Mahoraise se Devoile, and Sea Blue Safari.

How to get around within Mayotte

There are no railways or waterways in Mayotte. It has a total of 93km-highway, 72km of which is paved and the remaining 21 is not. The easiest and most recommended way to navigate around is to take a bush taxi (taxi brousse), which can take you within and around the island at a low fare.

How to get there

French citizens need not to secure a visa to visit Mayotte. There are two ways to get in. There are daily flights between Réunion and Dzaoudzi Pamandzi International Airport – the only airport in the region – which serves as the airport/military base in Mayotte. In 2006, Kenya Airways announced flights from Nairobi to Mayotte via Comoros, which is an extension of their Paris-Nairobi route. There are three airlines that currently serve Mayotte: Air Austral (the first and main airport), Kenya Airways (Nairobi route), and Corsairfly (weekly direct flights between the island and Paris). The other way is by ferry/boat. Mayotte’s primary port is located in Dzaoudzi and another in "Longoni" (Koungou).  

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