Undiscovered Indian Ocean - Reunion, Comoros and Mayotte


Undiscovered Indian Ocean - Reunion, Comoros and Mayotte

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 16 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Notes

Important Information 

Foreign Government Travel Warnings

Before booking your tour please familiarise yourself with the country specific information provided by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. This includes important information such as latest immigration requirements, and details of any travel advisories.

Both Reunion and Mayotte are very safe destinations. 

Despite the country’s turbulent politics we believe that the Comoros is one of the safest destinations in Africa. We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings.  At the time of writing there are no travel warnings that apply to this tour. However, you should be aware that at the current time airlines operating within the Comoros may be subject to restrictions on flying to the EU. For further details please visit - http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/safety/air-ban/index_en.htm

Non UK nationals should check with their own government, as the information and advice may differ to that provided by British authorities.

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation Rating

At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation. You can expect rooms to be en-suite, with private bathroom and when necessary air-conditioning will be provided. In general you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Food & Drink

On Reunion and Mayotte you can expect high quality food with good French cuisine and Creole specialties. Prices will be similar to those in France. 

While on our tour in the Comoros you are likely to take most of your meals at the hotels. Comorian food blends African, Arab and European styles and uses a fair amount of spices. Coconut based dishes are quite common, and as you would expect, seafood is good and plentiful.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. 

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.

Food

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch £8.00
Dinner £10.00

Drink

The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive. 

Bottle of Beer £2.50
Water £1.50

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practise in Africa. If your local guide has been helpful then you could think about tipping. A reasonable amount to tip a guide would be between €5-7 per day.

Foreign Exchange

Comoros
ATM Availability: There are no ATMs in the Comoros which accept international cards. However, a cash advance may be available over the counter at Moroni’s main bank using a visa card. You should check with your card issuer before travelling and assume that this is a back-up option only.
Local Currency: Comoros Franc (KMF)
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Not widely accepted, except at some high end hotels
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Euros You should also avoid taking large denomination notes such as €100 bills as these may be difficult to exchange
Where to Exchange: Exchange facilities will be available at most of the hotels included in this itinerary. Opportunities for changing money outside of the hotels will be limited – only Moroni has banks capable of changing foreign currency.

Reunion
ATM Availability: Widely available
Local Currency: Euro
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Widely accepted
Recommended Currency for Exchange: It is recommended you travel with Euros
Where to Exchange: Banks or your guide will offer advice

Mayotte
ATM Availability: Widely available
Local Currency: Euro
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Widely accepted
Recommended Currency for Exchange: It is recommended you travel with Euros
Where to Exchange: Banks or your guide will offer advice

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.

Visa Information

Reunion & Mayotte

For entry to Reunion and Mayotte immigration requirements are the same as for France. Therefore, EU, US, Canadian and Australian nationals do not require a visa. Other nationals should check.

Comoros

Most nationals will require a visa to visit the Comoros. As there are very few Comorian Embassies or Consulates, a visa will in most cases be issued on arrival, for a cost of €30, which is valid for a stay of up to 45 days. Passports must have at least three six month’s validity remaining from the date of arrival.

Please be aware that visa information is subject to change, therefore please refer to your nearest embassy for up to date advice. Please note that the price of your tour does not include visa costs.

Passports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK. 

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Vaccinations & Protection

As with travel to most parts of Africa, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. Anti-malaria medication is also required and the use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended.

Preparing for your tour

Climate

Comoros

The climate is marine tropical, with two seasons: hot and humid from November to April, and cool and dry the rest of the year. In fact, for a significant part of the year Comoros enjoys a near-perfect, balmy 25°C, with the scent of ylang-ylang, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla wafting gently in on the trade winds.

Reunion

Reunion's climate experiences only two distinct seasons: the hot, rainy summer from December to April and the cool, dry winter from late April to November.

Mayotte

Mayotte is very similar to Reunion with two seasons: hot and humid from November to April, and cool and dry the rest of the year.

Clothing

When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy.

Equipment

Sun cream/sunblock is a must. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have.

Footwear

Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended.

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large suitcase/rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Generally electrical supply is 220-240V AC (50 Hz) and use European two circular pin style plugs.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. These tour notes were prepared on 11/05/16.


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