Vie pratique



S’il convient de ne pas céder à la paranoïa, pour passer un bon séjour, quelques mesures de précaution s’imposent. Il est conseillé de laisser vos papiers d’identité, objets de valeur et numéraires dans votre hôtel. Une vigilance est de mise car les plages et pistes de randonnées peuvent être des lieux de vols.



Urban taxis, the rate is from 1.40 euros to date. To reach the villages, "bush taxis" apply a tariff based on distance (about EUR 5 Mamoudzou the far south). The “barge” (small inter-island ferry) makes a connection between Grande and Petite Terre every 30 minutes, the journey takes 15 minutes. The tickets are available only to the ferry terminal in Mamoudzou; access is free from Petite Terre: 0.75 cts round trip for pedestrians, 15 euros for vehicles. On booking, a private taxi-boat organizes transfers from Dzaoudzi and even the airport to Grande Terre, ideal for a stay, for businessmen or large packages to be transported by fast. Car and scooter rental from the airport or Grande Terre, with opt-out for the arrival of the barge.Yet it is not recommended for day visitors to rent a vehicle. The road network is under repair, the pavement quality is variable, some dirt roads in the villages or in the bush and few traffic lights around the island. The transit system calls taxis to stop at any time, only one recommendation: patience and prudence.

Cocotier, baobab,


International telephone network and mobile: SFR, Orange, Only starting with 06 39. France Telecom landlines starting with 02 69.Calls made abroad, dial +262 then the number without the 0. From Europe, dial: +33 without the leading 0, followed by 6 digits, like other French departments.
Internet access in a few bars of Mamoudzou or WIFI at Caribou Coffee downtown.


Time zones

GMT +3.

The time difference is + 2 hours in winter and +1 hour in summer. In winter, when it is 7 am in Paris, he is 9 am in Mamoudzou. Due to the different pace of life with the metropolis, linked to sunshine, there is also a time difference in the everyday life: the island wakes up when the sun rises, the activity usually begins around 6:30.