Destination Information for Mayotte
The French island of Mayotte is located in the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and Mozambique. Mayotte is part of the Comoros Islands, but remained under French administrative control when the other islands, Grand Comore, Moheli and Anjouan, voted for independence in the 1970s.
The official language is French and the local currency is the Euro. Mayotte is even governed by French law. It’s a fairly expensive country to visit, with plenty of luxury resorts and good quality restaurants available.
If you’re heading here on holiday, the white sandy beaches, picturesque turquoise seas and superb watersports and diving will doubtless be a draw. Most of the shops and businesses of Mayotte are based in the island’s capital, Mamoudzou.
Wildlife watchers should try to visit during August or September, when humpback whales can be seen in the lagoon, and sea turtles roost on the beaches of the South.
There is no British embassy in Mayotte. Please contact the FCO for advice.