Discover Comoros travel as the amateur traveler talks to Fiona Jones about this small island nation off the coast of Africa.
Fiona explains: “The reason we went was because our daughter was going away and we wanted a family holiday. It was at the end of the Christmas holidays so we wanted somewhere warm. We wanted somewhere that would have some good diving and we wanted somewhere a little different that could be a bit of an adventure. I had actually seen an article on unknown or unexplored islands. I think it was lit TripAdvisor and I had then seen the Comoros and was quite interested. I had also unwisely told the family that I would do it to give them a little surprise. I thought, well, it will be a surprise for them if we go to the Comoros.
The Comoros is a majority Muslim nation. It was part of France until 1974. Mayotte, one of the 4 islands in the chain, chose to remain part of France. The French language is still very useful when visiting the island. Also bring your euros because that is the currency.
Fiona and her family visited 2 of the 3 main islands of the Comoros. They traveled to Grande Comore, where the country’s capital is located. They took the usual taxi tour around the whole island. They did not climb the Karthala volcano as some do. They stopped at several beaches, including the one that was the unfortunate end of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961, hijacked in 1996.
Most of their vacation was spent diving on the island of Mohéli where they stayed at Mohéli Laka Lodge which is the most beautiful facility on the island. The country’s president also stayed there for part of his stay. They loved diving off the coast of this beautiful island and in the Moheli Marine Park, a potential marine world heritage site. They saw lots of different marine life, especially turtles.
Their return from the island of Mohéli was a little more eventful since the flight was canceled and they returned to the hotel boat to the southern tip of Grande Comore where they had to wade through the last part of the island.
If you have a sense of adventure and want to visit a place your friends haven’t visited, consider the Comoros.
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Chris: That’s right, I ask people to focus on a one week itinerary, so we’re going to miss some things.
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