Mohéli

Travel Guide Africa Comoros Mohéli

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Introduction

Mohéli, also known as Mwali, is an autonomous island in that forms part of the Union of the Comoros. Mohéli is located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. It is the smallest of the four major Comoro Islands.

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Cities

Its capital city is Fomboni.

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Sights and Activities

  • Snorkeling - Anywhere in Moheli is superb, though coral bleaching and erosion due to slash-and-burn agriculture has killed a lot of coral. The sea between Baobab and Maya, one of the islets, has beautiful coral reefs.

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Events and Festivals

New Year

Both New Year’s Days (January 1st and the Islamic New Year) are celebrated with much gusto in the Comoros. The Islamic New Year is of particular interest as it is marked by a wide range of activities that embrace the local culture and traditions, including religious rituals.

Independence Day

Comorian independence is celebrated every July 6 to commemorate the nation’s freedom from colonialism. Like other events on the islands, the festivities are marked with good food, cultural presentations and merriment.

Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice is a celebration of Abraham’s willingness to give up his son (Ishmael) in obedience to God. It is an annual Islamic holiday observed by Muslims around the world and Comoros is no exception.

Eid al-Fitr

This feast marks the conclusion of the month-long fast (Ramadan) and is celebrated with all kinds of rituals, prayers, gifts, and lots of ceremonial food.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day is observed by the Roman Catholic minority living in the Comoros with festive gatherings of friends and families.

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Weather

Mohéli a warm and humid climate, with some relief of the heath by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Temperatures generally are around 30 °C during the day, and still above 20 °C at night. November to April is slightly warmer, May to October a bit cooler. Rain is present during all months, but is more and heavier from November to May. August to October is the driest period and temperatures are fine as well, making this the best time to travel to Mohéli. Hurricanes are possible from December to February, so it is best to avoid this time.

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Getting There

By Plane

Comores Aviation provides services between the islands. Air Services Comores provides flights as well.

By Boat

There are regular cargo and passenger services between the islands, but services are slow and uncomfortable, but cheap. Moheli and Anjouan are the main links from Grande Comore.

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Getting Around

Taxis run from Fomboni to most destinations on the island several times per day, if not more. They usually stop running between 15:00 and 18:00 hours; the farther the destination, the earlier the taxi stops. Hitchhiking is possible on Moheli, though not nearly as easy as on Grand Comore.

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