The main Island Grande-Terre (or Mahore), geographically the oldest of the Comoros, 39 km long and 22 km wide and its highest point is Mount Benara at 2,165ft above sea level.Because of the volcanic rock, the soil is relatively rich in some areas. A coral leaf encircling much of the island ensures protection for ships and a habitat for fish.
DZaoudji was the capital of Mayotte until 1977.It is situated on Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi), whhich is of largest of several islets of adjacent to Mahore. Mayotteis a member of the Indian Ocean Commission, with a separate membership rather than as part of the Comoros.
Here is a list of 22 small islands of Mayotte.