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Check out our travel themes to help choose or perhaps inspire you. There are endless opportunities to explore, activities and themes to consider and plenty of room for relaxation. With over 54 stunning countries to choose from the possibilities play like an uncontrolled imagination. Whether you are an adventure seeker rolling along a golden landscape, your eyes plying the plains for a spectacular sight of wildebeest, or you seek peace, relaxation and tranquility for a safaris, or you want to awaken your taste buds with culture rich cuisines and heritage, beautiful beaches or luxury filled experience, we are here for you. The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences that suites your preference.

COMOROS ISLAND

Located at the northern entrance of the Mozambique Channel, between the eastern shore of the continent and the island of Madagascar, which lies about 480 km (300 mi) to the south-east, Comoros island is a four major island volcanic and perfume archipelago. The northwestern-most and largest island of the four is Grande Comore (Ngazidja), then Mohéli (Mwali), Anjouan (Nzwani), and southeastern-most Mayotte (Maore). Mayotte, however, has never been administered by an independent Comoros government and continues to be administered by France. There are also several small islands. The capital city Moroni, is located at the western edge of the island of Grande Comore. The islands are volcanic in origin and their highest peak, Mt. Kartala at 2,360 meters (7,743 feet), is an active volcano located near the southern tip of the island of Grande Comore. In the center of Grande Comore lies a desert lava field. This beautiful island is an ecological and perfume paradise. If you want to have an enchanting experience with beautiful coastlines, clear blue water, a sight of various ecological species and sweet scents of perfume that you will not find anywhere else, Comoros is your ideal destination.

Ndzouani (Anjouan) "The Perfume Island"

Anjouan is called "the Perfume Island" because of the quality and quantity of the islands fragrant agricultural products which include ylang-ylang, jasmine, basil, cloves, vanilla, coffee and more. Like vanilla and cloves, ylang ylang is a potentially lucrative crop that is subject to volatile markets. The yellow flower has a strong, sweet fragrance which is used in perfumes, soaps, and other toiletries.

 

The south of the island has more to offer tourists, this is where the southern slope of Mount Ntrigui is found, between Moya and Foumbani. The fauna and flora are rich and diverse in Pomoni including species such as aquatic plants and garlands forests where you will find the Livingstone fruit bats and lemurs, (check out the island o Madagascar for details on Lemurs).

Maoré (Mayotte) - The Island Lagoon

The most prominent characteristic of Mayotte is its vast lagoon which is separated from the sea by a barrier reef (coral reefs). This barrier reef is one of the most impressive in the world as it completely surrounds the island, leaving only a few openings. According to Mahoran legend, this is to protect the island from foreign invasions. With an average depth of 20-70m, the Mayotte lagoon is a natural aquarium being home to a remarkable diversity of animal and plant species.

 

Since 1841, Mayotte was first French Protectorate along with the 3 sister islands of Grande Comore, Moheli and Anjouan which were officially colonized by France in 1912. In 1975, the latter voted for independence while Mayotte chose, by referendum, to remain French. Today the island is administered by the French government however it is still considered to be Comorian by the Comoros government and a majority of the Comorian population.

Ngazidja (Grand Comore) - The Volcano Island

Ngazidja is the largest island in the west of the archipelago and the closest to the African continent, just 300 km from Mozambique. It is also the newest and largest of the four Comorian islands with its 1148 km2. It is dominated by the Karthala volcano which rises to 2361m above sea level. This volcano is still active and is one of the largest craters in the world, with a vast caldera 3 to 4 km wide. The most recent eruptions occurred in  April and November 2005, May 2006 and January 2007.

Mwali (Moheli) - The Island of Nature

Mohéli, to the west of Anjouan, has wide and fertile valleys, with a ridge in the center that reaches about 580 meters (1,900 feet) above sea level, and a thick forest cover. The lowest point is at sea level (Indian Ocean). With its pristine natural beauty, cultural tranquility, healthy and vibrant coral reefs and variety of wildlife, Moheli is the smallest of the four Comorian islands with an area of 290 km2. At 790m, the highest point on the island is Mount Mze Koukoulé.

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Foumbani (Anjouan)

Founded in the 9th century, Foumbani offers a beautiful white sand beach with a natural harbor where the 1st Chiraziens landed in Anjouan, these are the same people who built the mosque in the 15th century. Remains of the ancient mosque are still visible today.

Sima (Anjouan)

Visit the beautiful forest of Bougwéni, rich in endemic flora and fauna, especially the giant bats and lemurs.

Bimbini (Anjouan)

Bimbini has a long red sand beach and lagoon that extends several km to Moheli. The saddle of island is within walking distance of the village during low tide.

The Region of Noumakélé (South West) (Anjouan)

Two beautiful sites can be found in Noumakélé including NGomadjou Cliffs and Chiroroni Beach, a huge white sand beach, probably the most beautiful seaside on Anjouan. It is also one of the most beautiful dive sites of the archipelago.

Nounakélé harbor is also a historic site where the first Chiraziens landed in the 13th century. It is also the port most used for exportation of products from the colonial Society at Noumakélé. Visit the ruins of the sisal plant, huge and impressive today with its large machines that were used to grind and transform sisal fiber, with its tower that housed the steam engine energy plant.

Visit Djamoidzé to see the Trimba, a ritual dance in honor of the Djinns, which, they say, are the ancestors of Anjouannais.

Bambao (Anjouan)

Bamboa is a palace in a park, built in the 19th century by Abdallah Said Mawana III, Sultan of Anjouan. Enlightened monarch and open to global progress, he developed Bambao with sugar cane plantations, an oil refinery for ylang ylang and jasmine, and at the edge of the sea, the beautiful palace and park.

The Dzialandzé Lake (Anjouan)

This lake caps Mount Ntrigui, the highest point of the island 1595 m above sea level and the geometric center of the island. The waters of Lake Dzialandzé feed all the streams and rivers of the island. Climbing Mount Ntrigui is most often done from the village of Mchacojou.

The Moheli Marine Park (Moheli)

In Nioumachoua, a sanctuary of regional biodiversity, beaches and natural beauty can be found at the Moheli Marine Park, the first national park in the Comoros. The Mohéli Marine Park was created in 1998 and inaugurated in April 2001 in the South of the island. It covers an area of ​​404 km2 and extends over 40 km long. A true tropical Eden, the park is part of a community based project for the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development.

The Islands of Nioumachoua (Moheli)

This island chain is not just magnificent ecologically, but also aesthetically and has therefore is very important scientifically and recreationally.

The Isles of Noumachoua are located opposite the village of the same name, which is home to the Moheli Marine Park, one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse marine sites in the Indian Ocean.

The 9 islands extend over a 900 hectare area, each surrounded by wide beaches frequented by turtles during spawning and hatching season.

Different types of habitat are encountered in the islets of Nioumachoua including coral, sand beaches, volcanic sands and pebbles. Visiting the islands is easy and accommodations in the park include camping or eco-friendly bungalows, learn more about the natural biodiversity of the island during your stay with a knowledgeable local guide. While here go scuba diving to see the coral reefs and turtles or on land visit Ndrondroni to admire the waterfalls.