COMOROS TRAVEL GUIDE
The Comoros is a volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast, in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel. The nation state’s largest island, Grande Comore (Ngazidja) is ringed by beaches and old lava from active Mt. Karthala volcano. Around the port and medina in the capital, Moroni, are carved doors and a white collonaded mosque, the Ancienne Mosquée du Vendredi, recalling the islands’ Arab heritage. One of the world's poorest countries, Comoros is made up of three islands that have inadequate transportation links, a young and rapidly increasing population, and few natural resources.
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COMOROS QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Moroni
- Currency: Comoran franc (KMF)
- Area: 2,170 sq km
- Population: 832 322 (2018)
- Language: Arabic (official), French (official), Shikomoro (official; also known as Shimasiwa).
- Religion: Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%
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COMOROS PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 18 March, Anniversary of the Death of Said Mohammad Cheikh Al Maarouf
- 6 July, National Day
- 12 November, Journée Nationale Maoré (Day of Admission to the United Nations)
Also, Muharram, Maulid an-Nabi, Leilat al-Meiraj, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.
FESTIVALS IN COMOROS
COMOROS WEATHER SYNOPSIS
The climate of Comoros is characterised by a tropical climate with a rainy season that lasts from mid-November to mid-April and a dry season that extends from June to October. Annual rainfall ranges between 1,000 and 5,000 mm across the three islands due to differences in altitude and winds. Generally, the western regions of the islands experience the highest rainfall totals due to greater exposure to the monsoons. The rainy season, which extends from November to April, is characterized by hot and humid weather with frequent storms, including tropical cyclones that are concentrated between the months of January to April. Average temperatures hover around 27°C and average monthly precipitation ranges from 200-250 mm. From June to October, the dry season brings lower humidity and the lowest temperatures of the year, ranging between 18-28°C, with average temperatures around 24°C. Average precipitation during this time ranges between 50-100 mm per month.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN COMOROS
The best time for outdoor activities in Comoros is from May to October, during the dry season and when the temperatures are slightly more moderate. From November, the humidity increases and there are often tropical cyclones between January and May.
BEACH OPTIONS IN COMOROS
Comoros has plenty of stunning and secluded beaches which you can enjoy at almost any time of the year. The dry season is from May to October when the temperatures are also more moderate. From November, the humidity increases and there are often tropical cyclones between January and May.
SURFING IN COMOROS
You can enjoy some very secluded surfing in Comoros at Grande Comore and Anjouan Islands. Although you can usually surf from March to October, the best time for consistent swell is from May to September.
HEALTH RISKS IN COMOROS
Be aware of possible health risks in
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.