Last updated: 8 February 2018
Once a part of Comoros, Mayotte chose to remain part of the French collective when Comoros attained independence. Located in the Mozambique Channel, the country consists of two islands and several islets. It is surrounded by tropical coral reef more than one hundred and sixty kilometres long, and it boasts one of the deepest and largest lagoons on earth, and yet it is largely forgotten by the tourist industry.

Here the warm Indian Ocean is home to more than eight hundred species of fish, three hundred species of coral, turtles, dolphins, humpback whales and the almost extinct dugong. This is a diving wonderland.


The interior is covered with steep volcanic peaks and deep valleys and scattered about tranquil lagoon lakes. One-third of the of the coastline is lined with mangroves and the rest is covered by black and white sandy beaches.

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