Comoros is one of the world's smallest countries, an archipelago of three volcanic islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. Its intriguing Swahili culture - and strictly Islamic society - is influenced by the historic presence of Arab and Persian traders, Portuguese pirates, and French colonizers, together leaving behind a rich heritage that adds to the enticements of Comoros hotels and vacations.
The three major islands of Comoros are Grande Comore, Mohéli, and Anjouan. Hotels in Moroni, the capital of Comoros on the largest island of Grande Comore, put you at the foot of Mount Karthala. Know that this is the largest active volcano in the world, and it has erupted an average of once every 11 years for the past two centuries. Moroni's other attractions include a small beach where you can see the ruins of the 15th-century Sultan's Fort and Palace, and the Medina (Old Town), with its narrow alleys lined with mosques dating as far back as 1427. The port area of Moroni is especially picturesque at sunset. Moroni is on the more-developed and populous west coast of the island, where you'll find most of the cheap hotels in Comoros.
In contrast, the east coast is largely untouched and dotted with a few traditional villages. Mohéli, the smallest of the three islands of Comoros, is sparsely settled, although it does have a sizable population of donkeys. Its main attraction is Parc Marin de Mohéli, a national park protecting offshore islets, coral reefs, and habitats for sea turtles, dolphins, and whales. On the eastern part of the island is Lac Dziani Boundouni, a bird-watcher's paradise. Anjouan is considered the most scenic of the three islands. See abandoned Arab plantations, rural villages with thatched-roofed huts, and tropical fruit trees and spices growing wild.
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