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Wonders of Comoros

Sea life in Comoros
Sea life in Comoros / Daryl Wallace, / CC BY-SA 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

Comoros islands do not belong to popular tourist destinations – but there is enormous potential. Islands are very poor – but the scenery is beyond gorgeous, local towns and villages may be dirty but people – friendly and welcoming.

Highlights of Comoros are:

  • Historical towns. The value of ancient Comoran towns is not yet appreciated. These towns today are poor and mostly – very dirty, but they represent a unique blend of Persian and Swahili art and construction traditions. Comoran towns have narrow, crooked streets with centuries-old buildings, many buildings here are adorned with traditional woodcarvings.
  • Biodiversity. A unique place is Mount Karthala near the capital of Comoros. Near the summit of this giant volcano grows the only forest of heath Erica comorensis, here live birds and other animals which are not met anywhere else in the world. But elsewhere in Comoros are found unique ecosystems as well.

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WorldViolet Top 15 wonders of Comoros

Geological wonders

Ntingui Waterfalls (Mtingui Falls)

Several tall waterfalls in the central, forested part of Anjouan.

Dziankoudre Waterfall

Beautiful waterfall south from Mutsamudu.

Lac Sale hot springs

Hot sulfuric springs in a volcanic lake, a sacred place.

Nkozini Waterfall

A tall waterfall north of Moya, could be taller than 100 m.

Biological wonders

Central Mohéli forests

Pristine forest (some 3000 ha in size) with numerous endemic species of reptiles and other organisms.

Central Mohéli forests, Comoros
Central Mohéli forest / Daryl Wallace, / CC BY-SA 2.0
Mount Karthala shrubland

Unique ecosystem, dominated by the endemic giant (up to 8 m high) heath Erica comorensis. Four species of birds are found only on the slopes of this volcano, such as Humblot’s Flycatcher, Comoro White-eye, Comoro Drongo, Karthala Scops Owl, and many other endemic species.

Architecture wonders

Shirazi Mosque in Domoni

Possibly, the oldest mosque in Comoros. It was built by Shirazi settlers from Persia.


Historical trading city, established in the 14th century. A densely built city with narrow streets and historical architecture. Several covered bridges across the streets were preserved – a place where high-ranked women crossed the streets without being noticed. Traditional Swahili-Shiraze architecture with woodcarvings.


Historical town with narrow streets. It was established in the 12th century. Many houses have beautiful doors that are covered with woodcarvings. Fortification wall and tower, a fairly well-preserved palace from the 13th century. Palaces with polychrome ceilings. Fortification wall.

Mutsamudu Fortress

British built a fortress, constructed in 1782 – 1789 to protect the town from Malagasy pirates.


The first capital of Grande Comore, was developed in the 12th century. Buildings are adorned with beautiful woodcarvings, remnants of old palaces, and fortifications.

Old Friday Mosque

A beautiful mosque, adorned with intricate woodcarvings, built in 1502 AD.

Old Friday Mosque in Moroni, Comoros
Old Friday Mosque in Moroni / Woodlouse, / CC BY-SA 2.0
Itsandra Mdjini

Small, walled maritime trade town, founded in the 14th century. Numerous historical buildings, such as the 17th-century fortress that is linked to the city with a 130 m long, fortified stairway.


The historical center of the old African – Arabic trade town, developed in the 14th century. Characteristic maze of narrow streets. In the former royal palace still live descendants of the royal family.

Moroni waterfront, Comoros
Moroni waterfront / Woodlouse, / CC BY-SA 2.0
Ziyarani Mosque

This mosque was built in the 15th century over the ruins of an older mosque from the 11th century.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Plant Collectors in Madagascar and the Comoro Islands

Madagascar and the Comoro Islands have unusual, highly endemic, and rich flora. This single volume is a guide to the collections and literature relating to these islands’ unique and vanishing plant life. It provides biographical and bibliographical information on over 1,000 individuals who have collected herbarium specimens in these islands.

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