|Comoros is one of the world’s poorest nations and hence visitors should not expect to find lavish accommodations, high class restaurants, tourist infrastructure and other luxury amenities. Having said this, the people of Comoros are generally very friendly and welcoming and there are a number of things to see and do on the islands. If you don’t expect luxuries you are sure to have an enjoyable stay here.
Comoros is made up of three islands. In French these are called Grand Comore, Anjouan and Moheli, though officially they are known by their Comorian language names which are Ngazidja, Nzwani and Mwali respectively. You can get between the three islands by plane or by boat. The airlines operating flights between the islands are Air Services Comores and Comores Aviation.
Grand Comore is the largest island in Comoros, and home of the capital city Moroni. Apart from being the location of the country’s international airport there are shops in Moroni, some hotels and even a nightclub. Moroni is home to one of the country’s oldest mosques, Badjanani Mosque.
Elsewhere on the island attractions include the Karthala Volcano. This is an active volcano and said to be one of the most dangerous in the world. When the volcano is silent it’s a popular destination for hiking. There are a number of small and attractive towns around the island, several of which have what are known as ‘Medina-style’ centres. The town of Iconi is one such example. There is also a Medina section near the port in Moroni where you will find ancient buildings and small narrow alleyways.
The island of Moheli is the smallest of the Comoros islands. However, it is a beautiful destination and has many natural attractions including mountains, whale watching, fishing, boating, diving and snorkelling on the coral reefs, and hiking along the coastlines or in the forests. There are a good many small and traditional villages where you can get a true sense for the culture and people of Comoros and there are always opportunities to buy locally made handicrafts.
Anjouan is also an attractive island, though this is the least safe of the Comoros islands because of clashes between African Union forces and rebel groups. The risk of a civil war outbreak is greatest here, so the island
should be avoided.