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Overview of Mayotte

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The island of Mayotte, the island in the vast lagoon (*) near the south-east coast of Africa, is a marvel of nature, unique, extraordinary and beyond the tourist trails, primarily because of the cost of air transport rather high between Europe and the island. An island pristine, still preserved.

  • Sandy beachesblond, tan, gray or black often without any construction, lined with coconut trees, the baobab, banana, pandanus to, acacia ...
  • One of the largest lagoons in the world at the turquoise water, warm all year round, safe and a wealth (corals, multicolored tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, whales), including 200 meters from shore. This is the kingdom of walks with mask, fins and snorkel and a must for diving.
  • The islands where it is so easy to bivouac and Robinson play with the help of a fisherman who puts you or renting a boat
  • An exuberant tropical vegetation inhabited by birds (straw tail bats ..), small charming lemurs (the maki), and around houses, margouillats (a kind of fluorescent green lizard with three red spots on the back)
  • The easy hiking trails and enchanting
  • A culture and tradition still alive
  • Small cities and villages where animated unfortunately often the cement and metal have replaced mud raffia and woven coconut palms. And where cleanliness "to the West" was not acceptable even if the progress in recent years are obvious.

The island of Mayotte is French, more specifically located in the western Indian Ocean between Africa and Madagascar, the north entrance of the Mozambique Channel. It is distant by 8 000 km from the metropolis and 1 500 km of the island of Reunion.

Covering an area of 374 km2, it includes two main islands, Petite Terre (16 km 2 Capital: Dzaoudzi) where the airport and Grande Terre (348 km2 Capital: Mamoudzou) as well as 'thirty islets.

The population is estimated at 180 000 inhabitants is Muslim (moderate and tolerant Islam) to 95%, of which 1 / 3 of illegal immigrants from other islands, very poor, the Comoros archipelago. Only a quarter of the population speaks french. The Metropolitan - 80%, staff should benefit from significant surrémunérations - have a standard of living in general larger than the local population.

The climate is tropical humid with a hot and humid season or summer from October to March and a dry season, or austral winter from April to September. This second period is very pleasant thanks to trade winds. Hurricanes rarely spend Mayotte (the last date of 1984). The average annual temperature is 25.6 ° with a temperature difference of 3.4 ° on average in the wet season and dry season. Mayotte has a little over 8 hours of sun per day.

The island has the status of hybrid Départementale French Community, to which the Laws of the Republic shall apply only if it is mentioned (mention on the bottom of the decree or law).

For the traveler, this does not change much. What is important for him is to find a Hospital, Social Security and health insurance, the very well-stocked pharmacies, ATMs, supermarkets, the UAS (called here the SMUR ), firefighters, office La Poste "in bright yellow, a non-corrupt police, electricity and phone reliable, familiar signs. All this comfort. And many travelers turn-of-world just put their bags in this haven of peace, security and prosperity on which they are sure to find a number of services and benefits unavailable in the region (except in Reunion ).

(*) Mayotte has several other nicknames: the island perfumes (because plantations Ylang-Ylang), hippocampus (because of its shape), the African "safe" (because of the origin of its population)

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