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Cheap Flights to Moroni, Comores

  • Area : 2,170 sq. mi
  • Area Code : +269
  • Currency : Comoran frank (KMF)
  • Population : 690,948 (2008)
  • Official Language : French, Arabic, Comorian
  • Time Zones : Eastern Africa Time (UTC+3)
  • Airports : Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport (HAH)
  • The airport located in Hahaya is named after Prince Said Ibrahim. Transportation from the airport for passengers includes shuttle bus services, private minibuses, taxis, car or limousine hire.

    Travellers can fly from Cape Town, South Africa to ‘HAH’ with the following airlines:

    • British Airways, Kenya Airways (via London, Nairobi) 15h 5m+
    • South African (via Johannesburg) 15h 5m+
    • Ethiopian (via Johannesburg, Addis Ababa) 16h 5m+
    • Kulula (via Johannesburg) 16h 5m+
    • Air Mauritius, Air Austral (via Mauritius Island, Saint-Denis) 18h 20m+

    Additional airlines touching down at ‘HAH’ include:

    • Air France
    • Air Madagascar
    • Air Tanzania
    • Fly SAX
    • KLM
    • Precision Air

    Reasons to Visit Moroni, Comores:

    • Become lost in the past far from modern civilisation and where time almost stands still. The Comoros islands referred to as ‘The Perfume Islands’ by Omani sailors in 933 CE have, since gaining independence in 1975, survived numerous coups and attempted coups. Located on Grand Comore, Moroni in Comorian means ‘in the heart of the fire’ and is the federal capital of the ‘Union of the Comoros’, the largest city and island of the three primary islands. The city has the Mt. Karthala as its backdrop and is located about 10km from the volcano’s crater, one of the largest active volcanoes on the globe.
    • Meander down narrow alleyways in an olden town with olden buildings; stroll through shopping centres for bargains; hike up the volcano; go deep sea diving or off-shore snorkelling; cycle around the city or simply just laze the day away on a quiet beach.
    • Not geared towards tourism, the city offers a couple of Inns and B&Bs and a few hotels along the beach that provide comfortable rooms with basic options and usually hospitable and friendly staff. The ‘Itsandra Beach Hotel’ affords guests with its own private beach while ‘Auberge Palace’ is one of the best hotels (according to Moroni standards) on the main street and ‘Jardin de la Paix’ is close to everything with a good restaurant. Alternatively stay at a beach bungalow, such as ‘Maloudja Beach Bungalows’. There are a good variety of eateries offering numerous cuisines. For dining with a great sea view the elegant ‘Restaurant Grill le Coraya’ serves up French, African and Indian dishes. For Italian there’s ‘Pulcinella Ristorante Italiano’ and for superb seafood with a great view, ‘L’Alchimiste’.

    When to Go Moroni, Comores:

    Ideal months for visiting Moroni are from June to end of October when there’s the least amount of rain. August is the best month with temperatures averaging between 27 and 29°C.

    Places to Visit Moroni, Comores:

    • A climbing experience like no other is hiking up ‘Mt Karthala’, the highest point in the Comoros at 2,361metres above sea level. Ascend through a dense lush forest to a grassy plateau until, in total contrast, fields of black ash and finally onto the summit and the rim of the crater, a sight that leaves one awestruck.
    • Close to the Medina port is the beautiful white and grand looking ‘Badjanani Mosque’, also known as ‘Grand Mosque du Vendredi’ that’s the oldest mosque in Moroni, originally built in 1427 with its minaret being added in 1921. Other buildings to visit include the ‘Mssihiri wa Cheik Ahmed Mosque’ and the 15th century ‘Sultan’s Palace’ ruins located at ‘Itsandra’ beach.
    • For swimming or tanning’, beaches include: ‘Chindini’, ‘Chomoni’, ‘Bouni’, and ‘Instandra’.
    • The ‘Alliance Franco-Comorienne’ is a 300-seater theatre utilised as a venue for international and national performances, conferences, films and ceremonies. Additional venues include the ‘Al-Kamar’, that accommodates 700 patrons, the 500-seater ‘Palais du Peuple’ and the ‘Foyer des Jeunes de Foumbouni’ with 300 seats.
    • Located in an old building is the ‘Moroni National Museum’ with exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the nation.
    • Experience the Comoros culture while strolling through the long established colourful ‘Volo Volo Market’, located in the heart of the city where cultural artefacts, local spices, essential oils, items made from coconuts, homemade lamps and a variety of fresh produce can be purchased.

    Getting Around Moroni, Comores:

    Shared taxis can be waved down on the side of the road as you shout out your destination and provided they have a passenger going the same way, will stop for you.

    Passenger boats capable of taking around 200 passengers with first and second class fares depart during the week between Moroni, Anjouan, Grand Comoro and Mutsamudu with a sailing time of around five to six hours. Departure times and prices are displayed at ticket offices in Moroni’s port and along the Corniche in Mutsamudu. Speed boats are also available departing from Grand Comoro, Chindini and Mutsamudu.