Parallel to practising snorkelling or fishing sports, the island benefits from a great diving potential. With professional guides, you will discover the coral gardens in the calm waters of the lagoon, as well as the remarkable biodiversity of the channels or even more the vertiginous cliffs which hanger behind the great barrier reef. The diversity of the sites offers to divers of all levels the opportunity to explore the reefs. The most famous site is the Passe en S, in the east of Mayotte. The migration of eagle rays or great pelagic fish is equally fre- quent. Certain encounters remain rarer such as the observation of the magnificent shark- whale moving placidly near to the divers, to the great joy of the visitors and the instructors.
A genuine natural aquarium in which multi-coloured fish live harmoniously alongside impressive pelagic species in a fascinating environment comprised of coral reefs; exploring this undersea world with the diver’s bottle or with flippers, diving mask and snorkel reveals its exuberant fauna and ora.
More than 100 white, black or ochre sandy beaches can be discovered along the island’s coast. The lagoon is interspersed with some 30 small islands. The tiny islands in the South or the North are themselves worth the visit to Mayotte and perfectly represent the image of a tropical paradise conjured up by the turquoise lagoon surrounded with white sand.
Another curiosity which never fails to delight visitors, the mangrove swamps are the last primal forests here, spanning a surface area of more than 700 hectares. They provide excellent natural protection against the effects of pollution in the lagoon and enable numerous marine species to survive.
The figures speak for themselves …
■ More than 2300 marine species recorded
■ 1500 km2 of lagoon
■ 760 species of sh
■ 300 coral varieties
■ 195 km of fringe reefs
■ 150 km2 of coral reefs
■ 18 km double barrier reefs