Plage de N'Gouja

Plage de N'Gouja, Kanikeli: Address, Plage de N'Gouja Reviews: 5/5

Plage de N'Gouja
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Chester, UK57 contributions
Nature's finest
Dec 2018
We were in Mayotte in December on a cruise day. The port of Mamoudzo is a bustling city on this French island. It is medium-sized, hilly, and not really set up for tourists. The roadsigns look just like those in the Dordogne and French is spoken here. However, there the similarities end as this is an island with a very African feel.

Wanting to make the most of our time, we had been advised to visit Plage N'Gouja as it was a place where both turtles and lemurs can be seen.

Taxi was our transport of choice and there are plenty at the port. It will help if you have a French-speaking member of your party. Taxis are regulated and can be hired for a standard 80 euros per half day of up to 5 hours.

So off we went through a succession of small village communities, each one protected by speed bumps. The journey will take at least an hour. On the way you will go past Musical Plage which is worth a stop for 10 minutes. Here you will see the largest Baobab trees on the island, truly venerable specimens that will command your respect. Ylang-ylang is abundant around here and provides a perfumed sea breeze. The black sand beach seems popular but unfortunately humans have done their best to ruin the beauty here by leaving so much rubbish that the bins can't cope. There was garbage strewn everywhere on the day we visited, which was a shame.

Moving on past the roadside stalls selling diverse goods, you will eventually arrive in Kanikeli and Plage N'Gouja. You'll be wondering if the place is worth that journey. It is. The sands are wide and golden, with a little volcanic sand mixed in to create a lovely beach. The beachfront is fringed with baobabs. You will just want to get in the water which is very warm and crytal clear. The water is shallow for a little way and old corals make it a bit tricky to walk on.
As soon as you can, even in 18 inches of water, get your mask on and scull along. The water is alive with fish even at these depths. And as you scull along to the deeper water the variety of fish and coral is truly amazing. This is perfect for snorkelling for children or less confident adults as you can see so much in so little depth of water. As you work along the reef you can (we did) see Green and/or Hawkshead turtles being attended by remora fish. They are in no hurry and you can spend quite some time admiring them. Snorkelling here gives rich reward for your efforts.
After a morning's snorkelling, you'll be feeling peckish. So are the lemurs and they will descend in stately fashion to the beachfront to see what pickings are available, and this will be another opportunity for photography. Food for humans can be brought with you or you can have a snack at the beach bar, Le Jardin Maore. This eco-resort has some accommodation available if you wish to stay for longer- you should check out its Tripadvisor page. For us, it was back to the taxi and a return journey to our ship bang on the 5 hour hire period.
This is a really beautiful place. It's totally off the beaten track but immensely rewarding if you make the effort. Take: snorkelling gear, something to eat and drink, your camera and sun protection. Also, a banana for the lemurs.
Written January 17, 2019
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