ABOUT The Comoros are an island nation off the coast of East Africa, in the Indian Ocean between northern Mozambique and northern Madagascar. Because the Comoros are isolated islands, prices tend to be more expensive than the rest of East Africa. The cheapest hotels or bungalows in Moroni the most expensive lodging region of the Comoros may cost €20 or as little as €10 if you bargain hard. On the other hand, Hotel Moroni may cost hundreds. Imported goods are cheaper on Grand Comore than Moheli, but fruits and vegetables are cheaper, if less available, on Moheli. Meals in a brochetterie which is a cheap restaurant that serves fried meat and bananas, manioc, taro, or breadfruit may cost up to 3 euros on Grand Comore and as little as 50 euro on Moheli. Cakes (sweet bread) sold by women on the street generally cost around 50-100 KmF each. One could get by on around 12-20 euros per day for food and lodging. Visitors are advised not to eat any of the local food unless it has been cooked through. One speciality available on the island is the jackfruit, a large, green fruit about 2 feet in length with a taste resembling lychee. Facilities on Anjouan are basic; visitors to the island usually stay at a hotel in Mutsamudu. Mohéli has few facilities for tourists. On Grande Comore (also known as Ngadijza) there are a few hotels of an acceptable standard in or near the capital Moroni. Always remain vigilant and keep a low profile when moving around.

CLIMATE The climate of Comoros essentially consists of two seasons. The humid hot season starts from the month of November and continues until April. The cool season dominates the archipelago the rest of the year. Monthly temperatures along the coasts range from 23°C to 28°C. The climate in Comoros is characterized by heavy rainfall. Cyclones occur with regular intensity during the humid and hot season.

BEWARE The three islands which make up the Union of the Comoros are generally crime-free, but you should take sensible precautions against pick-pocketing and mugging. Do not walk around town centres unaccompanied at night. Safeguard valuables and cash. Deposit them in hotel safes, where practicable. Keep copies of important documents, including passports, in a separate place to the documents themselves. You should avoid any crowds or political gatherings. Remain vigilant and maintain a low profile while moving around, in particular if travelling alone. Monitor local media to keep abreast of local developments during your stay. You should also avoid taking pictures of official buildings, particularly military or police buildings. Comoros is an Islamic country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.