The Comoros Islands, scattered off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, is not your typical destination spot. If you want to drop off the face of the Earth for a bit or if you want outrageous locals to pass the time with then book your flight now. You won’t find the standard hallmarks of tourism here; this is as remote as remote gets.
Those who make it here will tell you it lives up to the paradise hype: banana and palm trees, ylang-ylang, and the scent of cloves on the air. The people are Muslim, with a heavy Swahili influence, and the culture is rather traditional. Meaning that there’s no alcohol and dress is modest. Its odd nickname, Cloud Coup-Coup, comes from its history of over 20 coups since gaining independence in 1975.
There are four developed islands offering white sandy beaches, hiking in rainforests, giant fruit bats, volcanoes, and more. Because there is a lack of tourism infrastructure, don’t expect navigating Comoros to be easy. But there’s a definite exciting unpredictability here and even the most stoic will find themselves feeling adventurous on the islands. Let’s have a look at the best places to visit in Comoros!
Mohéli is the smallest and yet the most fascinating of the Comoros Islands. When people talk about wanting to drop off the face of the Earth, this is the place. There are very few inhabitants on the island and thanks to this it’s largely undeveloped and completely wild. To the point that it’s a little backwards – a bit stuck in the past. You’ll find the country’s only national park here: Parc Marin de Mohéli. Nature lovers will want to check out the craggy islets that dot the island. The locals call it Mwali or Moili and it’s a great place for spotting marine life like sea turtles, whales, and dolphins. There is so much pristine beauty here that visitors don’t usually mind the lack of modern amenities. Mohéli is considered by many to be the highlight of the Comoros Islands.