Comoros is a country not many people have heard about before. It is small and harder to get to, with very few tourists making the journey each year. If you are planning to travel here, you might be struggling to find more information on this tiny country. So we have decided to at least compile a few essential facts about Comoros.

Where is Comoros? A Quick Guide to Comoros

Where is Comoros?

Comoros is an island nation in the Indian Ocean located between the coast of Mozambique and Madagascar. It doesn’t attract the number of tourists like the other popular islands in the Indian Ocean, such as Seychelles or Mauritius, not to mention the dreamy island of Maldives.

This is due to the unstable government, poor tourist infrastructure and therefore lack of flights too.

The Comoros – 3 or 4 islands?

Comoros consists of four major islands: Grand Comoros, Anjouan, Moheli and Mayotte. The first 3 islands gained independence from France in 1975. However, Mayotte is still a French Territory and along with Reunion (another island in the Indian Ocean), it can be reached from Paris on a direct flight. This also means that if you are visiting Mayotte when in Comoros, you will be stamped into France.

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Where is Comoros located? Comoros map and Quick Guide to Comoros

You can see where is Comoros located here, and also the island of Mayotte

Religion and language

The majority of the people in Comoros are Sunni Muslims and you can see this reflected in their society. You will hear the call to prayer, there are multiple mosques and local men wear typical hats. Women, on the other hand, are usually covered and tend to wear a scarf to cover their hair or a proper hijab.

There are three official languages here: Comorian, French and Arabic. Learning a few words will go a long way, especially in Comorian. But surprisingly, we found many people could speak good English. Not to mention, people were extremely friendly and kind.

How to get to Comoros

The island has only a few flights:

  • Nairobi in Kenya with Kenyan Airways
  • Addis Ababa in Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airways
  • Antananarivo in Madagascar with Air Madagascar

To book the cheapest flight to Comoros, check out this article: How to find and book cheap flights.

Where is Comoros? A Quick Guide to Comoros Moroni airport

Moroni Airport in Comoros

Arriving in Comoros

The main international airport is the Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport located 20km north of the capital Moroni. There are shared taxis and you can usually find a taxi ride for about EUR 10 to the capital. There is no ATM here, but there is wifi in the departure lounge.

Do I need a visa for Comoros?

Visas can be obtained on arrival. The cost is EUR 30 per person payable in cash.

The visa is a sticker and it will take up a full page in your passport.

Where is Comoros? A Quick Guide to Comoros beaches

The beach on the main island Grand Comore

Tourism in Comoros is non-existent

There are apparently only 3000 tourists here each year. It’s hard to build an infrastructure with such a small number. Most travellers that come here are country collectors – travellers who aim to visit every country. Or travellers who like off-the-beaten-path destinations. But let’s not forget foreigners that are often living in nearby Madagascar or maybe in Kenya and are interested to see places nearby.

There are only a few hotels available online. Although if you arrive on the morning flight you can then simply drive to a few hotels in downtown to choose where to stay.

We based ourselves in the capital city of Moroni at Hotel Jardin de la Paix. This hotel was very comfortable, well located, has good wifi, great service and served some great food, including tasty Comoronian dishes.

Check for the best rates and availability of other hotels in Comoros.

Money in Comoros

The currency is the Comorian Franc (KMF).

1 Euro = 492 KMF

1 USD = 450 KMF

There are only a few ATMs on the main island – try the one near the main station in Moroni – BFC Bank. Hotels and better restaurants will accept Euro.

Where is Comoros? A Quick Guide to Comoros the money

Local currency in Comoros: The Comorian Franc

Did you enjoy our quick guide about Comoros? Now you know where is Comoros located, are you interested in visiting someday? Let us know in the comments.

Honestly, before we started on this journey to visit every country in the world, we didn’t know the answer to where is Comoros located? After having travelled here, we were excited to see some other lesser-visited countries too. We were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed visiting Sao Tome & Principe.

We highly recommend you try and visit some day. And if you do, our post about what to do and where to stay in Sao Tome and Principe will be helpful to you.

Around the same time that we visited Comoros, we had an AMAZING time in Madagascar. Our Madagascar two week itinerary is perfect to travel this adventurous island in Africa. 


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