The Comoro islands offer something very different from most other African travel destinations: an island experience. A sovereign archipelago island country located on the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, the Comoros offer travellers the opportunity to explore beautiful island landscapes and engage in cycling, trekking and water activities such as snorkelling and deep-sea diving.
The country consists of four major islands (Grande Comore, Mohéli, Anjouan and Mayotte), in addition to a number of islets. Regardless of which island you visit or which travel adventures you engage in during your trip, you can put your mind at ease by making travel insurance part of your trip planning.
Travel information and advice for the Comoros
Canadian travellers must present a passport to enter the country, and the passport must be valid for at least six months after their intended departure date. All travellers must have a visa, which can be obtained on arrival. You must also be able to show proof of an onward or return ticket.
Take safety precautions to protect yourself from becoming a target for crime, especially in crowded areas. Piracy is a threat in coastal waters and farther out at sea. An international driving permit is required if you want to drive.
The currency on the islands is the Comorian franc (KMF). Credit cards are not widely accepted, and there is only one established bank. The country has three official languages: Comorian, Arabic and French.
Cyclones and monsoons are possible during the humid season, which lasts from November to April; the dry season is from May to December. Mount Karthala is an active volcano, so stay informed about weather conditions before travelling.
Travel adventures on the Comoros
The Comoros are not your typical island vacation. The country is more remote and less developed, providing you with a more authentic travel experience. However, you will still have the opportunity to relax on white sand beaches – but there is so much more to experience.
Some of the most popular activities include hiking through the rainforest while trying to catch a glimpse of giant bats; exploring the capital city, Moroni, and its unique Arabian roots; experiencing the French culture of Mayotte island; or even trekking to the Karthala volcano crater or Mount Natingui, the highest point of the islands. Other activities include seeing dolphins off the coast or the giant sea turtles on Mohéli, and visiting Lac Salé.
Travel assistance with Blue Cross travel insurance
Travel can be unpredictable. Flights can be delayed, baggage can get lost and other unforeseen circumstances can arise. Travel insurance protects your financial investment in your trip and provides the travel assistance you need, regardless of the time of day. Blue Cross offers comprehensive travel insurance solutions, giving you access to travel help 24/7, 365 days a year when you travel to the Comoros or anywhere else in Africa. Get a quote online today and travel with confidence knowing Blue Cross will be there to help.
|Population (2012):||717,503||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Comorian, Arabic, French|
|Diesel :||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline :||1.23 (2013)|