Mayotte is located at the entrance of the Mozambique Channel, in the Comoros archipelago. Several islands make up this French overseas department. The two main ones are Petite-Terre and Grande-Terre. The lagoon of Mayotte, vast of 1 100 km 2 , is protected by a double barrier of coral. The underwater biodiversity is very rich: green and interlaced turtles, whales and their calves, dolphins or dugongs cross in the warm waters of Mayotte. On land, the huge baobabs are home to colonies of fruit bats, fruit bats, and makis fascinating orange eyes.
Mayotte diving is an incredible plenitude of corals of all shapes and a wide mixture of tropical fish in an enormous tidal pond with safe water. The other identity of this tidal pond is to have a twofold boundary reef: one far from the shore of 3 to 15 km, persistently around the island, cut by a few passes. There are also deep water diving sites available for experienced divers. These sites have depth of over 200 feet and at some points reaches to about 300 feet. So get your snorkel mask on and five into the clear waters of Mayotte.
Diving in Mayotte
Mayotte is populated by 215,000 inhabitants spread over an area of 374km2. Mayotte is the oldest island in the Comoros archipelago is a French overseas department. Located in the Indian Ocean and close to Madagascar. Mayotte is made up of two main islands, Petite Terre and Grande Terre surrounded by an almost uninterrupted double coral reef containing the third largest lagoon in the world (after the one in New Caledonia and Rangiroa). 12 deep passes from 20 meters to 70 meters deep make it possible to leave the lagoon.
Home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, snow-capped Piton de Fournaise, Réunion is a little-known gem. This rocky,French-governed island off the coast of East Africa is easily explored by. The road into the mountains provides breath taking scenery. Bike tours on rough back roads are an option for the brave and the extremely fit. Beyond the reach of cars, the untamed village Cirque de Mafate shows the island’s wildest side Just 200km West of Mauritius, Réunion is one of the very few Island destinations that allows you to experience total relaxation and extraordinary adventure in a single journey.
Diving in Reunion
It is possible to dive all year round in the tropics. Winter, from May to September, is the peak season for swell coming from the South and from June to September the whales come to Reunion Island. The water is at its coolest in winter (23°C to 26°C) but the unique song of the cetaceans is sure to warm up your excursions! In summer, Jan and Feb and occasionally into middle march can be very windy. The water temperature can reach up to 30°C in December and diving in a shorty in summer is the best option. This is the period when the reef is richest in life with predators and clouds of juvenile fish! If you love tranquillity, the months of November and December, and especially May to June, will be most appropriate.
South African Passport Holders need a CTOM visa for Mayotte which is applied for at the French Embassy – No visa required for Reunion Island
- Return flights on Air Austral as above in Economy Class ex JHB
- Airport Taxes
- Meet & Greet
- All Return Airport / Hotel transfers in each destination
- 1 Nights accommodation in St Denis @ the Central Hotel with Breakfast
- 5 Nights’ accommodation in Mayotte @ Sakaouli Hotel with breakfast daily
- 6 Dives in Mayotte with cylinder and weight belt hire
- 3 Nights accommodation in Reunion Island @ Alamanda Hotel with breakfast daily
- 2 Dives in Reunion with cylinder and weight belt hire
ZAR36 728 per person sharing – Pay 11 get 1 FREE
ZAR35 878 per person sharing – Pay 22 get 2 FREE
The above rate applies to a minimum of 11 full paying clients and the 12th person is FREE! 22 Full paying clients and the 23rd & 24th person is FREE
(Valid for travel in Low season **FEB to SEP** – subject to availability, currency and airport tax fluctuations at the time of enquiry/booking. Peak season surcharges will apply )