For clearing in, ferry to Mamoudzu, fuel and shopping
Refuge for lemurs
Marine park with good snorkeling and diving
Mayotte is part of the Comoros, but in a referendum its mostly Cormorian
population voted to remain a French territory. So you pay for your baguettes
in Euros and it's rather expensive. The island consists of green volcanic
hills and is surrounded by a barrier reef which encloses a lagoon that
is perfect for snorkeling, diving and exploring by boat. Entrance to the
lagoon is generally by the southern or the larger pass to the north, both
well-marked with leading lines and cardinal marks.
visited an animal refugue on Ile Bouzi, an islet in the east of
Mayotte which is home to hundreds of lemurs, locally called makis.
Lemurs are the very cute orange-eyed, fluffy long-tailed agile
critters that are a suborder of primates and are only found in
Madagascar and the Comoros. Alas, because of habitat destruction
and poaching their numbers are dwindling and there is the need
to protect them. The refuge feeds them a little every day so that
they come back and can be monitored. But they remain independent
and go foraging for food too. They live in family groups with
a dominant female. The young are born around September - October
which coincides with the rainy season when more food is available.
The lemurs in the refuge are very happy and their numbers on Bouzi
are increasing. For more info check out their website: http://lesmakisdemayotte.ipfixe.com.
We do have a short movie available if you email us.
wrote a short piece about the lemurs.