Destination Information for Comoros
The remote cluster of islands that make up Comoros, off the East coast of Africa are a charming paradise of white sandy beaches, tropical rainforest and desert landscapes. The Comoros Islands are sometimes nicknamed ‘Cloud Coup Coup’, as the country has experienced 20 coups or coup attempts since it gained independence from France in 1975. The official languages are French and Arabic, although most locals speak their own language, known as Shikomor (Comorian), and each of the islands has its own dialect. Due to the relative isolation of Comoros, this can be an expensive place to visit, but it’s well worth the trip to experience a complete contrast to a typical beach holiday!
If walking and trekking is your thing, head to Grande Comore, the largest of the islands and home to Mt Karthala, the largest active volcano in the world. It erupts on average once every 11 years, the last time being in December 2005. The spectacular landscape created by the volcanic eruptions makes for a hiking experience unlike any other. Grande Comore is also the most developed of the Comoros Islands, and is the destination of choice for romantic couples looking for an idyllic beach escape.
The smallest island, Mohéli, is popular with fans of wildlife and marine mammals, with snorkelling in the colourful coral reefs and dolphin and whale watching in abundance. Anjouan Island is often referred to as the ‘pearl of the Comoros’, thanks to its exotic and beautiful landscape. The fourth island Mayotte is still under French administration. It offers the same beautiful sandy beaches and excellent water sports, with a French feel.
Malaria and regions within country:
The Comoros islands have a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout. Anti-malarial medication is always advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
There is no British embassy in Comoros. Please contact the FCO for advice.