Baie de Bouéni

The Baie de Bouéni is a large bay in the south-west of the French island territory of Mayotte, in the Comoro Islands lying at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel between the East African country of Mozambique and Madagascar. It is about 5 km wide at its mouth, and 10 km in length. It was made a protected area in 2007.[1]

Baie de Bouéni
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)[1]
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view of the Baie de Bouéni from Mont Choungui.
Map showing the location of Baie de Bouéni
Map showing the location of Baie de Bouéni
LocationChirongui, Grande-Terre, Mayotte
Coordinates12°54′00″S 45°07′00″E / 12.90000°S 45.11667°E / -12.90000; 45.11667
Area519 ha (1,280 acres)
DesignationLand Acquired By Conservatoire Du Littoral (National Seaside And Lakeside Conservancy)
OwnerConservatoire Du Littoral
WebsiteBaie de Bouéni (Conservatoire du littoral)
Map of Mayotte

Important Bird AreaEdit

The coastal fringe of the bay holds the largest area of mangroves in the Comoro archipelago. It forms a strip about 13 km long and up to 800 m wide. It has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because its mangroves and intertidal mudflats support populations of Malagasy pond herons, Mayotte drongos, Mayotte white-eyes, Mayotte sunbirds and red-headed fodies. It is also home to the endangered and endemic Robert Mertens's day gecko.[2]


  1. ^ a b UNEP-WCMC (2021). Protected Area Profile for Baie De Boueni from the World Database of Protected Areas. Accessed 1 September 2021. [1]
  2. ^ "Baie de Bouéni". Important Bird Areas factsheet. BirdLife International. 2013. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2013-09-01.