The island nation of Comoros is located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern side of Africa. Comoros is 863 square miles and is one of the smallest countries in the world. The climate is generally tropical and mild here. Comoros population share mostly African and Arab heritage. The most common languages spoken on the islands are Comorian, Arabic, and French.
The island of Moheli is a great place for hikers to explore. The island is covered with a plethora of trails winding all over this wild landscape. The trails take hikers to jungle-highlands, uninhabited beaches, and to the crater lake of Dziani Boundouni. The island is small and only measures 6 miles by 16 miles. While hiking on the island, visitors will see many local plants and wildlife. One of the most common animals to see on Moheli is the Mongoose lemur. This is the most common species of lemur on Comoros. The island gives visitors a chance to really experience the natural beauty of Comoros.
The town of Foumbouni has amazing bright white buildings located on the east coast of Grande Comore. The town is well known for its pottery and woodworking artists. Foumbouni is home to several interesting tombs of Portuguese navigators discovered right outside the town. The town with its white buildings and exotic atmosphere is an adventure waiting to be discovered by visitors.
Mount Karthala is an active volcano on the island of Grande Comore. The mountain is covered by evergreen forests and is home to many unique species of birds. Bird watchers will love the hike up the mountain to observe the native birds of Comoros. Four of the bird species seen here are native only to the slopes of Mount Karthala. The four bird species that are native only to Comoros are the Comoro Drongo, Comoro Scops Owl, Comoro White-eye, and the Humbolt's Flycatcher. This is a must do hike for bird watcher and naturalists alike.
Scuba Diving off the coast of the islands is quite a treat. The waters here are warm and inviting. The marine life is abundant with giant whales, sailfish, sunfish, manta rays, and many species of sharks. One of the most famous fish found in the waters around the islands of Comoros is the Coelacanth. The Coelacanth was once thought extinct until one was discovered in 1938. No other fish were seen by the western world until another fish was discovered in 1952 around the waters of Comoros. Now the fish is classified as an endangered species and the people of Comoros have established a program to release accidently caught Coelacanths to deep water. The first time this fish was ever seen in its natural habitat was off the coast of Comoros and was documented by the National Geographic Society in 1988. Scuba diving here is a must just to catch a glimpse of this rare creature in the wild.
The Hotel Les Arcades is located in the center of Moroni, but is still close to the beach. This gorgeous hotel has an outstanding staff and is a great home base for guests to the islands. The Le Galawa Beach Hotel sits on the beach on the island of Grande Comore. This is a luxury hotel with an impressive staff. The Le Galawa Beach Hotel offers some of the best seafood in Comoros. At night the hotel comes alive with entertainment on the beautiful sandy beaches.
The country of Comoros maybe small, but has lots to offer travelers. The islands diving, hiking, and beaches are first class. There are many things to do and enjoy on every island in Comoros. Travelers will agree that Comoros is a hidden utopia in the Indian Ocean.