The Great Southern Route : 2013 - 2014
ASIA & INDIAN OCEAN 264 | GSR SupEryACht SErvICES Comoros Islands COMOrOS pOrtS Of ENtry Mutsamudu (Anjouan) Moroni (Grande Comore) Contact the Port Captain (CH.16) Since private yachts are rare, prior notice of arrival is advisable. The yacht is usually boarded for clearance. Provisioning: best on Mayotte. ApprOXIMAtE DIStANCE IN NM frOM MAyOttE tO: Antsiranana 260’ Dar Es Salaam 507’ Port Victoria 788’ Maputo 1,060’ Durban 1,205’ SupEryACht SErvICES réunIon Island marina Port de Plaisance, réunion Is. T:+262 429 010 / 424 791 Port Captain, le Port, Pointe des Galets, réunion Is. T: +262 435 899 Port de saint-Pierre, réunion Is. T: +262 962 560 ApprOXIMAtE DIStANCE IN NM frOM pOrt rEuNION tO: Port Louis 136’ Antsiranana 631’ Port Victoria 984’ Durban 1,345’ Fremantle 3,278’ uSEful publICAtIONS Indian Ocean Cruising Guide Madagascar & Comoros – David Andrew uSEful WEbSItES www.ksu.edu/sasw/comoros www.traveleguides.com/comoros.php www.lonelyplanet.com/comoros www.infohub.com/guide/comoro_ islands_vacation_guide_25.html www.comores-online.com www.colonialvoyage.com/africa/eng/ comoros/index.html www.reunionisland.net www.lonelyplanet.com/reunion Comoros Islands useful Statistics Union of the Comoros GOVERNMENT: Federal Republic LAND AREA: 527,968 km2 (203,849 sq miles) POPULATION: (est. 2009) 752,438 LANGUAGE: French, Comorian, Arabic CLIMATE: Tropical marine, with temps of around 26oC and much rain. Hot and humid rainy season from Nov to Apr and dry season from May to Oct. CURRENCY: Comorian franc (KMF) UTC: +3 INTL DIALLING CODE: +269 THE COMORO ISLANDS are situated off the SE coast of Africa, to the east of Tanzania and NW of Madagascar. The country officially consists of the four islands in the volcanic Comoros archipelago: Ngazidja (French: Grande Comore), Mwali (Mohéli), Nzwani (Anjouan), and Mahoré (Mayotte), as well as many smaller islands. Formerly a French colony, the islands are now independent, except for Mayotte which remains an overseas territory of France and a naval base. The youngest island is Grande Comore, and its volcano, Karthala, is still active, and has one of the largest craters in the world. The Islands are known for their fruit bats, Gecko lizards, Beaked Dolphins, Green Turtles, the Maki (lemur) and the perfume essenses of ylang-ylang, jasmin and orange. The main tourist attractions in the Comoros are the beaches which make for some tourists, to be very nice ecotourism attractions with their coral reef diving and deep-sea fishing, swimming and sun-bathing. réunion Island useful Statistics GOVERNMENT: Overseas region of France LAND AREA: 2,512km2 (970 sq miles) POPULATION: (est. 2010) 827,000 LANGUAGE: French, Tamil, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic CURRENCY: Euro CLIMATE: Hot and humid rainy season from Dec to Feb and the dry season from May to Nov is the best time to visit, when the trade winds keep the temps moderate. UTC: +4 INTL DIALLING CODE: +262 RéuNION ISLAND are situated east of Madagascar. The island itself is 63 km long and 45 km wide and has a mountainous terrain rising to 3070 m. At one end of the island is a live and active volcano which can be visited on day tours. In the middle, the three Circes (the joining of three calderas) have stunning views and offer excellent trekking. And on the other side you will find some excellent beaches, great surf, quaint villages and seaside restaurants and bars. Tourism has become an important industry and the culture is French, although with a mix of Creole and exotic island thrown in. The food reflects the island’s culture. Réunion is home to a variety of birds such as the paille en queue. Its largest native land animal is the Panther chameleon. Much of the West coast is ringed by coral reef which harbours sea urchins, conger eels and parrot fish. Sea turtles also visit the coastal waters.
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