Mayotte - Profile
- Update August 2016: An outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in Reunion and Rodrigues has resulted in strict food import restrictions. See this Noonsite report.
- Mayotte Island is geographically part of the Comoros archipelago, a small group of islands lying between the northern tip of Madagascar and East Africa in the Indian Ocean.
- As of 1st January 2014 Mayotte became ‘an outermost region’ of the European Union. It is an overseas administrative department of France and the French Navy maintain a naval base on the island.
- The island is surrounded by reefs and the main harbour at Dzaoudzi is very well-protected. There are many anchorages inside the reef and diving is excellent.
- Some repair facilities are available in Dzaoudzi. Supplies are better than in the neighbouring Comoros and most imported goods are French.
- The other three islands in the group, Grande Comore, Moheli and Anjouan, now form the independent republic of Comoros.
Noonsite has previously received more than one report about the increase of crime and violence on the island, and how this is affecting visiting yachts. However, there have been no reports in the last 2 years.
It would be wise to take the usual precautions to protect your dinghy and outboard and to secure the boat against intruders.
For a summary list of previous reports, see here
Last updated August 2015.
The climate is tropical, with two seasons, the dry season lasting from May to October, with an average temperature of 75°F (24°C), and the rainy season from November to April, when both temperature and humidity are higher. The cyclone season is from December to March.
The local weather forecast (out of Reunion island) is broadcast daily by "Charlie Tango" (the port captain) on 6216.0 kHz USB.
For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.