Attractions in Comoros

The marine park

The marine park covers an area of 404 km2 and includes beaches and rocky areas, offshore islands, well developed coral reefs and scattered mangrove stands.

The park is also of regional and international importance for its breeding colony of several thousand noddies (Anous stolidus), its nesting beach for some 5,000 green turtles (Chelonia mydas), a small resident population of dugong (Dugong dugon) and regular sightings of whales and dolphins.

Mayotte Lagoon

This is the beautiful underwater world of the lagoon of Mayotte, one of the biggest closed lagoons in the world.

IIot Bouzi, a large island in the Mayotte lagoon is a fauna conservation area for Mayotte’s own species of Lemur (350 makis as the lemurs are commonly known roam the island, some of which are used to people and can be handled and stroked.

Arab Quarter

The Arab Quater is made up by the neighbourhood around the port and the Ancienne Mosquée de Vendredi (old Friday mosque). It is a medina with narrow streets lined with buildings dating back to Swahili times.

The Nouvelle Mosquee de Vendredi

The Nouvelle Mosquee de Vendredi is located in the biggest island of the archipelago-Ngazidja. Ngazidja is also known as Grande Comore. The Nouvelle Mosquee de Vendredi in Comoros is situated in the country capital Moroni. The Vendredi mosque is used to hold daily prayers. Visitors to the mosque may enter the mosque in order to observe the internal architecture of the structure. They are advised to follow all the norms that are required to enter the holy place. Only males are allowed to go inside this holy mosque. The men must be dressed in full length trousers and must have washed their feet before entering the mosque.

The Vendredi Mosque is the end result of long Islamic history in the Indian Ocean island nation. The trend started with the first Arab presence in the island in the 11th century.

 

Mount Karthala

Mount Karthala is the highest point in Comoros and lies in the island of Grand Comore.

Mount Karthala of Ngazidja Island in Comoros has the distinction of being the highest point in the Indian Ocean archipelago. The peak of the mountain is calculated to be 2361 meters above sea level.

This active volcano erupted about twenty times since nineteenth century. Frequent eruptions have shaped Mount Karthala into caldera.

The mountain consists of evergreen forests, which is the habitat of various rare species of flora and fauna in Comoros.

Sea Turtles

The five beaches of Itsamia, a village on the eastern side of Mohéli, have been identified as among the top ten nesting beaches worldwide for green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas), with an estimated nesting population of 5,000  annually.

Scuba diving[v]

In the waters around the islands lives the coelacanth, a fish once thought to have been extinct for millions of years until, in the second half of the last century, an ichthyologist learned that Comorian fishermen regularly caught coelacanths in the deep waters surrounding the islands of Grande Comore and Anjouan. The other sea lives you can see are dolphins, electric rays, anemones, clownfish, coral formations and barrel sponges.

 

sources

[i] http://gridnairobi.unep.org/chm/EAFDocuments/Comoros/iucn_mohelinp.pdf

[ii] http://books.google.co.ug/books?id=UMq-2xYmCwQC&pg=PA260&lpg=PA260&dq=comoros+mayotte+lagoon&source=bl&ots=eLeedQ3avc&sig=1tQAgzQLr_92XFZsmYZgGurxWNA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uDk9U43SCoHpywPxsoKICw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=comoros%20mayotte%20lagoon&f=false

[iii] http://www.mapsofworld.com/comoros/tourist-attraction/nouvelle-mosquee-de-vendredi.html

[iv] http://www.mapsofworld.com/comoros/tourist-attraction/

[v] http://www.diveboard.com/explore/spots/comoros

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