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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Mayotte.

-12.8227912°50.6′S, 45.1598945°8.3′E Chart icon.png
Mayotte map.png
Capital Mamoudzou
Language French. Also Shimoare (Swahili) and Malagasy
Currency Euro (€)
Time zone UTC+3
Calling code ?
More notes about Mayotte

Mayotte (French: Collectivité départementale de Mayotte), is an overseas collectivity of France consisting of a main island, Grande-Terre (or Mahoré), a smaller island, Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi), and several islets around these two.

Mayotte is located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean, between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique. The territory is geographically part of the Comoro Islands, but has been politically separate since the 1970s. The territory is also known as Mahoré, the native name of its main island, especially by advocates of its inclusion in the Union of Comoros.


61311 Plans in the Comoros and Mayotte (France)


Tropical; marine; hot, humid, rainy season during northeastern monsoon (November to May); dry season is cooler (May to November).

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(21/10/07) It is now mandatory to enter Mayotte through the main pass in the north, M'Zamboro. This pass is well marked/lit and the chart is accurate (WGS 84) making arrival at any time of day possible. Entry through any other pass is strictly forbidden. Departure is permitted by any pass.

Yachts should anchor (or pick up a mooring) in "Bay de Pamanzi" (Dzaoudzi), and notify the Port Captain of your arrival. All formalities are handled ashore - Port Captain, Immigration (Police aux Frontiers), and Customs (Douanes) - in that order - (no fees are charged). Clearance is possible on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Basic French is required as the officials do not normally have any English. All boats, whether French or not, must clear in. You may only move from your initial anchorage/mooring once clearance has been completed.

Port Control: VHF 09 or 16, Ph: 02 69 601033, Fax: 02 69 601381.

Visit Customs the day before departure from Mayotte for outward clearance.



Customs and Immigration


French "Overseas Territory" visa regulations apply. Nationals of Western European countries, Argentina, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and the United States do not require visas for stays of up to 30 days. All other nationalities require a visa (obtained in advance).


  • Yachts may remain for up to six months in Mayotte.
  • Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival.
  • PETS: Animals arriving must have valid rabies vaccination and health certificates.

Fees and Charges


Health and Security


  • Malaria - prophylaxis is recommended.





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Marinas & Yacht Clubs

The small Yacht club in the end of Pamanzi Bay is a very social place with good Friday evening BBQs. The bar is often filled with well informed locals that are more than willing to share and assist with local information. The Yacht Club has a well-stocked bar (no food), laundry machines, showers, internet access and water. Purchases are handled on a "card" system.

The club has a drying wall and haul-out facility.


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Yacht Services and Repairs

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Marine Stores

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Garbage Disposal



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