Moroni is the largest city of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean. It is also the federal capital of the country and the seat of the government. Moroni is located at the foot of the active mountain Mount Karthala, and is the capital of the semi-autonomous island Grande Comore.
What to see & do
Mount Karthala - The highest point of the Comoros is the Mount Karthala, which peaks at 7,746 ft (2,361 m) above sea level. It is a very active volcano and has erupted at least 20 times since the 19th century. Several animal species residing on the mountain are unique to the Comoros. Additionally, there are four bird species that can only be found on Mouth Karthala: Humblot's Flycatcher, Comoro Drongo, Comoro White-eye, and Karthala Scops Owl.
Iconi - The town of Iconi is one of the oldest settlements on the island. The sea cliffs in Iconi are where, in the 19th century, women leapt to their deaths rather than be kidnapped by Malagasy pirates. Icono was also the place of birth of the Comorian Olympic hurdler Maoulida Daroueche.
Volo Volo market - Volo Volo market is the largest market on Grande Comore, located at the centre of Moroni. The market sells various important items, from food to electronics and clothes. It is also near several other shops, pharmacies, restaurants, and a hospital.
Le Rose Noir - Le Rose Noir is a night club in the city uninhibited by Muslim values, where women are not expected to dress conservatively and men and women can dance together.
Mbachile - Mbachile is a small and charming village with quiet beaches, located along the coast south of Iconi.
How to get around within Moroni
There is no local public transportation available in Moroni. The most common form of 'public transport' is by hitchhiking. Just wave your hand instead of putting out a thumb, and expect to pay a small fee for the ride. There are buses, but are very infrequent and unreliable. Car rentals are also available in Grand Comore and can be arranged in Moroni. You can also hire a driver if you're unsure about navigating the roads on Grand Comore. One way to travel between the islands is by taking boats. When the sea is calm, that's the perfect time to take small fiberglass fishing boats with engines. The larger ferries are less frequent, operating twice or thrice a week, from Moroni to Foumboni on Moheli, and another from the east coast of Grand Comore to Anjouan.
How to get there
The primary air passenger gateway to Comoros and Moroni is Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport, the international airport named after Prince Said Ibrahim, a former politician in the Comoros Islands. The airport is located in the city of Hahaia, some 15 kilometres north of the town. Regular flights to the airport are operated by Air Austral, Air Madagascar, Air Tanzania, Comores Aviation, Ewa Air, Fly SAX, Kenya Airways, and Yemenia. The flights are available from Marseille, Dar es Salaam, Dzaoudzi, Antananarivo, Majunga, Nairobi, Mombasa, Sana'a, and Sainte-Denis.
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