Climate of Mayotte

Climate of Mayotte

Mayotte has been a French overseas department since 2011, belonging to the archipelago of the Comorosbut not to the Union of the Comoros. Because Mayotte falls under the French tricolor, you can simply pay with the euro here. Mayotte is located in the Indian Ocean, in the northern part of the Mozambique Strait. The largest city and capital of the archipelago is Mamoudzou. About 200,000 people live in the department, 60,000 of whom live in the capital. The highest point on the island is Benara Volcano at 660 metres. Mayotte consists of the islands of Grande Terre, Petite Terre, Chissioi Mtsamboro and Chissioi Mbouzi. The airport of Mayotte is located on the island of Petite Terre, near the town of Dzaoudzi. The department attracts quite a few tourists every year, who mainly come here for diving and snorkeling. The coral reefs off the coast of Mayotte are of a special beauty. This is because Mayotte has a so-called double coral reef, which ensures that a natural aquarium has formed here and various smaller fish species can live in peace. On the island itself, baobab trees, ylang-ylang and orchids come in many varieties, including the vanilla orchid.

Mayotte has a tropical monsoon climate, which has a distinctly wet and a drier period. The winter months are very wet and on average more than 200 mm of precipitation falls in these months. The summer months are a lot less wet, but with averages of more than 40 mm of precipitation per month, they are not exactly dry. The temperatures on Mayotte are fairly constant and are around 27 degrees Celsius all year round. In the winter months, this combination sometimes ensures high humidity.

Climate figures

The figures below are based on long-term average climate statistics. The temperatures are displayed in degrees Celsius (°C).

Maximum temperature Minimum temperature Hours of sunshine per day Days of rainfall per month Water temperature
January 28℃ 23℃ 7 19 29℃
February 28℃ 23℃ 7 16 29℃
March 28℃ 23℃ 7 16 29℃
April 28℃ 22℃ 9 11 29℃
May 28℃ 22℃ 9 6 28℃
June 26℃ 21℃ 9 5 27℃
July 26℃ 20℃ 9 4 26℃
August 26℃ 19℃ 10 4 26℃
September 26℃ 19℃ 10 4 26℃
October 27℃ 20℃ 10 6 27℃
November 28℃ 22℃ 10 9 28℃
December 28℃ 22℃ 8 15 28℃

Best time to visit Mayotte

Do you want to know when is the best time to travel to Mayotte? You can determine the best time to travel to a destination based on the weather and climate. In addition, there are other factors that are not directly related to the weather and that can influence the best travel periods for a travel destination. Think, for example, of holidays or festive periods, which makes traveling more interesting or not, because daily life comes to a standstill as a result. Mayotte is a special destination in Africa. This archipelago is an overseas department of France. Mayotte belongs to the European Union, but is not covered by the Schengen Agreement. You simply pay with the euro and of course you speak French. Mayotte is located in the Indian Ocean, between Mozambique and Madagascar. Mayotte has a tropical climate, so daytime temperatures are around the tropical limit of thirty degrees Celsius. During the local ‘winter’, which falls mid-year here, it is slightly cooler. During the local summer, which falls around the beginning of the year, maximum temperatures are usually between 28 and 30 degrees. For a tropical destination, the rainfall is not too bad in Mayotte. On an annual basis you have to count on an average of 1200 to 1500 millimeters. Mayotte has a rainy season and a drier season. The wet season starts around late November or early December and lasts through April. January and February are by far the wettest months of the year.

Best months

The best time to visit Mayotte is during the dry season. That starts in June and lasts until October. There is still a chance of a rain shower. The chance of a tropical shower is considerably smaller during this period than during the rainy season and the intensity of the showers is lower. The months of July, August and September are particularly dry. In addition, these local winter months are among the sunniest period in Mayotte.


In the period November to mid-May tropical cyclones can move towards Mayotte. These tropical depressions are characterized by a lot of rainfall and strong winds, whereby hurricane strength is a requirement to speak of a cyclone or hurricane. The chance of a hurricane hitting Mayotte is quite small. The weather in Mayotte is more likely to be affected by nearby hurricane activity. In that case, there is often a lot of rain in a relatively short period of time, often accompanied by strong winds.