Comoros: what to see in the islands of the archipelago


What to see in the Comoros islands, where they are located and geographical features, itinerary including the main places of interest, including beaches and main cities.

Tourist information

With excellent beaches and a protected marine environment, ideal for sea lovers, the Comoros archipelago, located in the Mozambique channel, in the stretch of Indian ocean between the south-east African coast and the island of Madagascar, is made up of the four main islands of Njazidja or Grande Comore, Nzwani or Anjouan, Mahoré or Mayotte, Mwali or Mohéli, there are also some smaller islets.

The Grande Comore islands, Moheli and Anjouan, form a state called the Union of the Comoros, while Mayotte is a French territory.

These are islands of volcanic origin with excellent beaches, surrounded by a wonderful coral reef and covered by a very rich and varied vegetation.

Various spices are grown, including nutmeg, cloves, pepper and vanilla, also many perfume essences are extracted from the flowers that characterize their amazing nature.

What see

The highest island is Grande Comore, which reaches 2361 meters above sea level with the top of Kartala, an active volcano connected to the extinct volcano of La Grille by a central plateau, whose altitude is between 600 and 700 meters.

On this island is the city of Moroni, the nation's capital.

Mahoré or Mayotte island has a beautiful lagoon, a canoe trip allows you to appreciate all the magic of the place and, for those who practice scuba diving, you can observe its protected waters up close, which offer an extraordinary marine environment.

On the island Moheli or Mwali, the smallest of the main islands of the archipelago, you can see the typical Arab sailing boats, called dhows, which are built on the beach of Fomboni, while the marine reserve off the south coast of the island it is home to the giant and increasingly rare green turtles.

The island of Anjouan or Nzwani stands out for its waterfalls and typical tropical vegetation.

The main city on the island is Mutsamudu, built in the Swahili-Shirazi style, with buildings dating back to the seventeenth century, winding alleys, mosques and a citadel.

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In the ancient capital of Domoni you can admire the palaces built by the sultans between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

The inhabitants of the Comoros are descended from Arab and Persian merchants from Shiraz, united with mainland Africans and Malaysian-Polynesians.

Archipelagos (September 2022)

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