If your idea of a perfect vacation would be to spend time in a land that is enchanting, mysterious, and somewhat outrageous, you can experience all this and more if you were to travel to the Comoros Islands. This is a country that you should head to when you feel like dropping off the radar for some time. You will discover a land proud of its unique culture, and an atmosphere which is far removed from the fast pace of life that exists in the West.
Differing from better known tropical island groups in that there are no sprawling hotel complexes, neon lit discos, or imitation Irish bars, the Comoros islands have the type of remoteness that even international fugitives would love. Each island truly describes the cliches that are often given to tropical archipelagos. Thankfully there are more palms, banana tress, and ylang ylang vines than concrete.
The island of Moheli, featuring the sleepy town of Fomboni is the kind of place where you can just sit back and soak up the local atmosphere. Likewise, Anjouan is an island on which the only worry you may have is deciding exactly which beach to relax on. Comoros is a place to forget about your worries and take stock of your life.
As is often the case with remote island chains, the population is as much of an attraction as the local scenery and environment. The charming inmates of this archipelago are devoutly Muslim, albeit with an obvious Swahili edge. Most of the locals are descended from Arab traders, Persian sultans, Portuguese pirates, and African slaves.
On the four islands which have been developed for international tourists, you can relax on white sand beaches, go swimming in pristine turquoise seas, hike through rain forest, and sample the delicious local foods. The largest island, Grande Comore, has the largest active volcano on the planet. Mt Karthala as this simmering giant is known, last blew in 2005. The aftermath of the explosion has created a landscape which is eerie, yet serene.
Although holidaying in Comoros is not to everyone's loving, it is a destination that will live long in all visitors' memories. If you love to explore countries that do not exhibit the same generic culture as is present in most of the world, book a flight to the Comoros islands as a great choice for your next vacation. The pace of life is slow, but the joy of exploring the country is great.