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Comoros Islands

Comoros Islands

May 30th to June 13th 2008

A visit to these Islands alone.

The journey is split up as follows.

The main island Moroni

Moheli Island

Wild Life

Sea Life

For the original Flikr page please link to Comoros Islands 2008.

 

Moroni

I arrived in the main island of Moroni from Dar Es Salaam with no one from the travel agency to meet me.  Luckily I spotted someone from my hotel and managed a transfer.  A nice hotel and settled in to my room with a view of the gardens and sea.  Later I had a tour of the main town including the market and museum.

Moroni

 

Moroni

 

Moroni

 

Moroni

 

Moroni

 

Moroni

 

Moroni

 

Moroni Hotel

 

Moroni

 

For a history of The Comoros Islands please refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Comore

The next day I was taken on a tour of the north island.  A very typical Indian Ocean Island. 

Grande Comoros

 

Dolphins Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Dolphins Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

Grande Comoros

 

The following morning I was collected from the hotel early and driven to the start of the climb up Mt Karthala. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Karthala ).  That was after the electrics in the car caught alight!  The climb was hard and repetitive carrying overnight gear.  We started at about 500m.  The rim is at 2315m.  With about 800m still to go I had to give up and agreed to return.  This was only the start of my troubles as my nose and right eye started streaming.  With only vision in left eye I had no perspective and the ground looked flat but wasn't!!

Then a lazy day in the hotel before flying to Moheli. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh%C3%A9li )

Moheli Island

Arriving after a delayed 45 min flight I was driven to Laka Lodge on the other side of the Island.  The lodge was a little 'sad' but functional and the staff very welcoming. 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Hibiscus- Moheli -

Comoros Islands

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Snorkeling from the beach was not great mainly due to the choppy sea. 

Evening visit to Turtle beach to see Green Turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.  About 40 come on shore each night.

Green Turtle

 

Green Turtle

 

Green Turtle

 

Walks in the hills and sea shore.

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Vanilla Moheli

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Moheli -Comoros Islands

 

Fishing from a Pirogue.

Boat trip around main island where we caught tuna and had some good snorkelling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayaking for six kilometers, snorkeling from two beaches.  Excellent.

Forest walk in the hills to see the Livingstone bats.

Livingstone Bat- Moheli

 

Livingstone Bat- Moheli

 

Livingstone Bat- Moheli

 

Livingstone Bat- Moheli

 

Livingstone Bat- Moheli

 

Livingstone Bat- Moheli

 

A great little island where nothing happens on time, if it happens.  Visit Laka Lodge for peace, solitude and wild life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returned to Moroni for two nights due to flight schedules.  What schedules?! 

Getting back to Dar Es Salaam was not straight forward.  Left hotel at 1030 for 1100 check in and 1235 flight.  Saw aircraft arriving at Moroni at 1500 but due to the weather it could not land so it returned to Dar Es Salaam.  We were taken back to the hotel for a meal and world cup.  Left hotel at 2130 for flight at 0030 arriving at Dar Es Salaam hotel at 0300!

 Wild Life

 

 

 

 

Dolphins Grande Comoros

 

Gheko on banana

 

 

 

 

 

Ring-necked Dove

Streptopelia capicola

Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas

Moheli bulbul

Hypsipetes moheliensis

Sun bird

 

 

 

Madagascar Bee-eater

Merops superciliosus

Sun bird possibly Humblot's

 

Madagascar Bee-eater

Merops superciliosus

Moheli bulbul

Hypsipetes moheliensis

Madagascar Bee-eater

Merops superciliosus

Madagascar Paradise

Fly-catcher

Terpsiphone mutata

Madagascar Kingfisher

Corythornis vintsioides

Madagascar Kingfisher

Corythornis vintsioides

Livingstone's fruit bat

Pteropus livingstonii

Livingstone's fruit bat

Pteropus livingstonii

Livingstone's fruit bat

Pteropus livingstonii

Sea Life