Don't Miss Places In Comoros
The volcanic Comoros islands are fringed with mangrove swamps. They lie on the northern end of the Mozambique Channel, where the Indian Ocean separates Madagascar from the African mainland. From the 1400s to the 1800s, the islands were controlled by Muslim sultans. The French invaded in 1843, and by 1886, owned the four main islands – Mayotte, Anjouan, Grande Comore, and Moheli. The latter three voted for independence and became Comoros in 1974, and the islands’ names were changed to Nzwani, Njazidja, and Mwali. Mayotte opted for continued French rule.
Known as a remote and mysterious island in Africa, these are the attractions and the not to be missed places in the island of Comoros.
The Nioumachoua Beach is a sandy beach with warm clear water and colorful tropical fish that will amuse your eyes. If you time your visit correctly, you can watch the whales pass by and even view them closer onboard a rented boat operated by the fishermen from the nearby village. The setting of this beach is enchanting, and you can admire islands set off in the distance. Go fishing alongside any local fishermen as they head out to the bay for the day’s catch.
Guests to the beach enjoy a tour of fine sands and turquoise clear water. There are different types of islets facing the shoreline that add to the allure of the site- making it the real paradise in Comoros. Aside from whales, there are also opportunities to see dolphins, stingrays, sharks, and turtles. The beach has rich coral reefs and occupied islets, as well as hiking tours around its coastal area and adjacent tropical rainforests. You can rent boats, kayaks, or bikes to help you fully explore the territory. There are conventional villages with skilled artisans that create locally made carpets, handicrafts stoneware and hand woven blankets and clothing. You can visit them for free and purchase their finished product as a souvenir of your visit to Comoros Island.
Bouni Beach is one of the best beaches in Comoros. The city of Bouni forms part of the territory of Hamahamet. It is about 30 kilometers from the capital city. The beach is considered to be the prime source of entertainment and amusement for the locals and guests of this island. Its inhabitants are mostly young individuals who love the sun, sea, and sand of Bouni. When it comes to its geographic location, it is a mix of a paradise-like atmosphere, white sand, clear water, and friendly locals that make guests feel welcome. From this side of Comoros, you’ll see the impressive landscape, transient lodges, amiable and hospitable locals, and an amazing shoreline.
If you need a porter for your heavy things, there is always a local ready to help you. It is equally as easy to find a guide to help you tour the rest of the islands. You can feel safe and won’t have to worry about anyone trying to hustle you- even if you travel around. This is an area that is safe to roam anytime of the day. On the beach, you’ll find water sports as well as a chance to play beach volleyball, football, or simply swim and play in the water. If you stroll at night, try not to miss the music and fun atmosphere as each bar has a vocalist and live music. Dance the night away as you enjoy shows with family and friends.
You will always remember the beautiful Chomoni Beach. The sand is white and as fine as flour, a profound contrast to the black rocks that surround the open bay. In the distance, you’ll see the Karthala Volcano that dominates the South West region of Grande Comore. If you are lucky, you’ll find boats with powerful rollers (inflatable support for boats) that you can go for a ride in.
Take time and dive into the ocean. The great scenery will fuel your desire to discover the other beautiful places of the Great Comore. Here you will be able to relax and spend quiet time alone amongst a basic infrastructure (toilets, shower rooms, restaurants, and shops). You can buy fresh fish or cooked seafood from the friendly locals who go around selling food, drinks, souvenirs, and other essential things needed for a beach vacation. This is the beach to go to when visiting Comoros. Do not let anything prevent you from visiting the small beach paradise that all tourists talk about - Chomoni Beach.
Comoros has the best swimming shorelines, and at the Chindini Beach you will be amazed by the warm ocean and many resorts. You can choose to unwind for a couple of days -appreciating the ocean and the bright sun of this marvelous island. This island in Comoros offers one of the biggest coral atolls on the planet. These atolls contain hundred types of marine wildlife and tropical fishes, It also boasts many species of corals and assorted forms of shells.
This beach has been dubbed as both a scuba divers’ paradise and a snorkeler’s heaven. You can rent boats that will bring you to the parts of the ocean that contain the greatest reef. If you explore the deep, there is a high chance you will see massive leatherback turtles, manta rays, blue marlin, nursery sharks and if you’re in luck, whale sightings along the coastline. Also, if you observe carefully, you may be able to see different shades of color in the fine sand when sunlight hits it.
Mosquee du Vendredi
The Mosquee du Vendredi is a typical mosque located in a beautiful landscape. Everyone is welcome to enter and explore its sanctuary. In fact, if you walk past the mosque you will be invited to enter and climb up the minaret to see the entire capital city. It is something the local people are very proud of and happy to share with visitors. The mosque is a mixture of their culture, religion, and history.
This modern mosque faces the coastline and can be visited any time of the day. Be aware of the modesty rules when entering this sacred place, especially if you are female. Shoes and footwear must be left at the entrance and everyone is reminded to observe silence and show respect for the faith, especially during prayer time. It is one of the few attractions where you can admire the skyline of the city of Moutsamoudou.
Friday is a rest and holy day for the Islamic believers on the island, which is a large majority. Most men wear traditional long white robes and line up to wash their feet at the entrance when attending the Friday service. The women’s prayer room is in a separate room within the mosque. If you intend to observe the proceedings, you must dress appropriately and watch in silence.
The mosque is located near the port.
Mount Karthala, or the Karthala Volcano, is a vast shield volcano with a dormant caldera settled on its peak. It is located at La Grande Island facing the Indian Ocean. It is considered as an active volcano with its last recorded eruption in year 2006. Scientists report that it has a capacity to erupt every few year in short intervals. It has a tendency to emit a voluminous magma flow – which created the numerous lakes found along the caldera. Every time the volcano erupts it causes significant destruction from its thick ash fall, ruining the water lines, making the availability of clean drinking water scarce.
If there are no alert warning signals from certified volcanologists, a hike and excursion along its trail is allowed. You need to secure a permit from the local environment office to be granted access and a map of the famous mountain in Comoros.
The Mayotte Lagoon is undoubtedly the most visited site among the tidal ponds in Comoros. It is the biggest and most famous lagoon that most tourists dare not miss while in the island. The barrier reef that divides the water attraction is a favorite diving spot by amateur and professional divers. It is, to a great extent, a bit secluded and there are no markers along the highway that highlight the location of this site. It gained its prominence by word of mouth and local guides who continually promote its imposing presence in the island of Comoros. Tourists are encouraged to visit because of its scenic islets and variety of dives waiting to be conquered.
The lagoon is suitable for all divers, and the sight of its blue waters is inviting enough to want to embark into its deep waters. Even night dives are popular at this site and there are trained scuba diving guides who can accompany you on your deep sea excursion.
There is a great variety of marine life to admire and numerous types of predator animals to see here. You will quickly find sharks, moray eels, rays, and bluefin tuna, plus, a bed of the most colorful corals you will ever see on this part of the island. There are double reef to explore, but you need to rent a boat. It should bring you to the territory of marine wild, but some are also located near the shorelines right across its East Central coastline. A visit and a planned adventure is a must when visiting this most patronized lagoon in Comoros.
The area around the Lake Dzialandze contains all of the existing remainders of the island's tropical rainforest. It also serves as a good alternative to the many beaches on this side of the island. The forest is surrounded by thick vegetation and rich flora and fauna. You’ll find plenty of biodiversity and the steepest slopes before eventually reaching the lake area.
There are lots of trees, species of orchids, rare flowers, and endemic wildlife along the vicinity of the lake. An effort to preserve the forest and its timberlands are ongoing in addition to attempts by the country to keep illegal loggers and those who are engaged in charcoal production out. Excursions on this lake can be made with local tour companies you can find in the city center of Moroni. Swimming and picnics are allowed, but you must be mindful of the preserved environment and bring your own trash bag for your waste.
The tour of Mount Ntingui is one of the most worthwhile mountain climbing experiences you will ever have in Comoros. It is the most noteworthy mountain along the Anjouan territory and the second most astounding peak of the entire island. Spare a whole day to get up and down its treacherous trails and challenging treks, it is worth it.
The almost 1335 meter high crest is regularly covered in clouds, however once in a while the misty clouds lift them aside. When this happens, it is a reward those sufficiently lucky to take on the climb and reach the summit. It provides an extraordinary perspective of the islands that make up the whole archipelago. The slants of the volcanic mountain are secured in thick timberland. It has also served as the play area of a few types of winged animal and also endemic Comorian natural life.
Moheli Marine Park
The Moheli Marine Park is the heart of where marine and wildlife conservation is highly maintained by the local authorities. The country has been accepting help from different worldwide organizations to support their many biodiversity protection ventures. The goal of this park is to generate more tourists who will come to see their marine wildlife. Their primary goal is to make a more institutional, operational and feasible utilization of its rich biodiversity.
The government upheld the formation of the Marine Park and has supported its monitoring and conservation efforts. There is a gift shop where you can purchase items that signify the preservation and continued maintenance of this park. You can explore the entire park up to the fishing area where most of the catch is monitored and limited. Taking pictures is allowed. If you want to support the cause, visit their website and learn how to help the marine wildlife foundation of Comoros.
National Museum of Comoros
The National Museum of Comoros is found in the capital city of Moroni. It highlights the cultural and historical aspect of the island. It is here where you will learn many things about Comoros such as the cultural makeup. The islanders were descended from Arabs, mainland Africans, and Southeast Asian immigrants. The archipelago has no major industry and no minerals and 85% of the people live by farming crops of coconuts, bananas, rice, and cassava. Spices and ylang ylang (a type of perfume oil that comes from a tree of the same name) are produced for export. Though the islanders depend on agriculture, there is a shortage of farmland due to the cutting down of natural forests to make fields. This has led to soil erosion by the tropical rains. Poverty is widespread and the years since its declaration of independence have been marked by political strife and violence.
The national museum contains factual information about the people and the nation’s resources. It is supported by images, short films, and a few crafts handmade by the skilled craftsmen on the islands. One of the interesting highlights of this museum is the feature about the Comoron women. There are images of them wearing white makeup made from wood grinded against a coral and mixed to a pulp with water. Like a mud pack, it helps cleanse their skin and protect it from the harsh damages of the sun. If you want to learn more about the island and its people, make a mandatory visit to this museum.
A tour of the Grande Comore is worth all of the time and effort. It is the biggest island of Comoros and it has the best beaches. Here you will find Bouni Beach and the Chomoni shoreline with the imposing Mount Karthala at its background. Mountain climbing aficionados can start here and move to the highest point of Mt. Karthala. Encompassing it are the hot sulfur springs at Lac Sala. Also, there is a magnificent shoreline where travelers can witness cultural events and traditional dances as performed by the expressive people of Comoros Island.
This town was the first capital of this island because of its size and number of inhabitants before it was finally changed to the city of Moroni. The quaint town is now dotted with modern structures - government and business establishments and modernized commercial shopping centers. A great variety of mosques can also be found in this part of Comoros.
A country rich in biodiversity and preserved parks, cultural attractions, and the most tranquil beaches in Africa, Comoros is the type of country that makes every visit worthwhile and enriching. Make Comoros a part of your must see places to see in Africa, it is worth all the time and effort to get there.