Plage Gouéla

written in collaboration with jmf38 (3 spots)

The black sand beach of Gouéla (Plage Gouéla) shares the same features as much more famous N’Gouja (located approximately 5km away), but it is much quieter. Its reef drop-off is rich with life and well preserved and spotting green sea turtles is common.
How to get there?

Gouéla Beach is located on a small peninsula on southwest Mayotte, between Boueni Bay and Mzouazia Bay. By car, from Mamoudzou and the north, the shortest route is to follow the signs for Chirongui, then for Mzouazia (CCD4), and to finish for Bouéni (CCD6). The beach is located at the south entrance of the village, in front of the football field. There is a parking lot on the side of the road, near the path leading to the beach (2 minutes walk).

Water entrance

You can enter the water anywhere along the sandy beach. Once you are in the water, swim towards the reef. At low tide, because of the shallowness of the water, recommend you to wear water shoes to avoid any injuries.

Aerial view


The area to explore covers a wide area between the beach and the reef drop-off some 200 meters away. Starting from the beach, you will see a sandy seabed for the first 20 or 30 meters (↕4-8ft/1-2m). Coral formations then progressively appear (↕4-8ft/1-2m), until you reach the drop-off (↕30ft/10m).

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Coral reef at Gouéla, Mayotte © photo credit JM Francillon

On the drop-off, the seabed is exceptional. In the presence of the density and variety of the underwater life here, sometimes you will not know which way to look. Swim along the reef edge and, here and there, you will surely spot a reef triggerfish, a powder blue tang, a moray hidden in rocky crevices or small groups of skunk clownfish "playing" in their anemone.

In this area, like elsewhere in Mayotte Island, you have good chances to meet green sea turtles, especially in the rocky area on the south tip of the beach. However, if you want to be sure to meet those fascinating and friendly creatures, head instead to N’Gouja beach where they are particularly numerous and used to human presence.

Restaurants and accommodation

The only accommodation available close to the site is La Case Robinson bungalows, which overlooks the beach. In the village of Bouéni, a 5 to 10 minute walk away by the shortest path, you will find more options.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    All levels
  • Maximum depth
    10ft (3m) on the reef flat, 30ft (10m) on the reef drop-off
  • Water entrance
    From a sandy beach. A bit tricky at low tide.
  • Lifeguard
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Public toilets & showers

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Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

Species you may spot while snorkeling Plage Gouéla

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Green sea turtle
Chelonia mydas
Skunk clownfish
Amphiprion akallopisos
Green Chromis
Chromis viridis
Chevron butterflyfish
Chaetodon trifascialis
Sulphur damsel
Pomacentrus sulfureus
Sixbar wrasse
Thalassoma hardwicke
Blue sea star
Linckia laevigata
Bluestreak cleaner wrasse
Labroides dimidiatus
Black-sided hawkfish
Paracirrhites forsteri
Acanthaster pourpre
Acanthaster planci
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