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Der Iconi-Strand auf den Komoren, Bild: Enrico Romiti / shutterstock

Comoros: Island paradise far away from mass tourism

The island state of the Comoros is located on the east coast of Africa, northeast of Madagascar. The Comoros are located in the Indian Ocean and consist of four islands: Mwali, Ngazidja, Ndzuwani and Mayotte. The island of Mayotte does not formally belong to the Comoros, but is a French overseas territory. Geographically and historically, however, it belongs to the Comoros and is also claimed by them.

The best time to visit the Comoros

Moroni, Comoros
Bay in Moroni, the capital of the Comoros, Image: Igor Samoiliuk / shutterstock

The Comoros have a tropical-maritime, alternating humid climate. This means that the seasons are divided into rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season begins in November and lasts until April. The northwest monsoon brings moist air masses to the Comoros, which rain down in the form of heavy cloudbursts. The peak of the rainy season is in January, in this month there is by far the most precipitation and flooding can occur. The occurrence of tropical cyclones must also be expected around this time. The dry season lasts from May to October. During this time, the south-east trade winds bring dry air to the Comoros and the sky is mostly cloudless. During the dry season, rain falls very rarely and storms occur very rarely, if at all. Temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius all year round. Even though the temperatures hardly differ throughout the year, it is definitely advisable to explore the Comoros during the dry season. Then you can relax best and don’t have to worry about flight cancellations due to hurricanes occurring.

Entry to Comoros

German citizens need a visa to enter the Comoros. This can be applied for at the international airport on Ngazidja and can also be taken directly with you. For the issuance of the visa, a return ticket and, if applicable, proof of sufficient financial resources are required. The visa is then valid for a period of 45 days, with the possibility of extension.

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Infrastructure

The Comoros are not particularly developed for tourism. The expansion of the infrastructure cannot be compared with German or European standards either. In the meantime, however, there are well-developed airports and international hotels.

Things to do in Comoros

The Comoros Islands are surrounded by coral reefs that are among the most beautiful in the world. Precisely because the archipelago has so far been largely spared from mass tourism, it enjoys great popularity with divers from all over the world. Beginner-friendly diving courses are also offered. In addition to colorful corals, the rare humpback whales can also be observed underwater. Mayotte is also home to one of the largest lagoons in the world.

Another highlight in the Comoros is the hike up one of the volcanoes. The islands are all of volcanic origin and therefore have magnificent mountains that make the hearts of hikers beat faster. The hike to the still active volcano Karthala is highly recommended. However, you should be in good physical condition and plan up to three days for the hike. On the ascent, you will be rewarded by the sight of a unique landscape and a beautiful view.

A trip to Moroni, the capital of the island of Ngazidja, is also worthwhile. The city with just under 100,000 inhabitants definitely brings a lot of joy to those interested in history. Friends of architecture also get their money’s worth in Moroni, the unique construction of the mosques is spectacular.

In the Comoros, you are greeted by white sandy beaches, which, in combination with the turquoise water, invite you to relax. The sandy beach Nioumachoua is particularly recommended. Gentle waves and water temperatures between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius provide the basis for boat tours, diving or for lying comfortably on the beach. With a little luck, whales can also be observed. Another recommended beach is Chindini Beach. Located in the southern part of the island of Ngazidja, it is the perfect place to relax and listen to the sound of the sea. The sandy beach is also particularly child-friendly, as the sea depth is generally low and rises only slowly.

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Safety

The crime rate in Comoros is very low, but there are occasional attacks on tourists. Therefore, it is advisable to keep your passport and other important identification documents safe and only take as much cash as necessary with you. The Comoros are shaped by Islamic culture and holidaymakers should adapt to it out of respect. The consumption of alcohol should be avoided at least in public and women should not wear clothing that is too skimpy in cities.

Result

The Comoros are an extremely exciting travel destination. Especially the partly untouched landscapes and hikes in the mountains are unique. It is also positive that the Comoros have not yet become the focus of mass tourism and holidaymakers can enjoy and explore the islands in peace. However, travellers should be aware that infrastructure and supply are not up to European standards and that you should find out about the conditions before departure, for example on the website of the Federal Foreign Office