It would be hard to imagine more perfect tropical islands - white sand, palm fringed, empty beaches, crystal clear aquamarine sea, few tourists, no big hotels - wait, rewind - how can that be possible? The Comoros Islands, once important players on major shipping trade routes across the Indian Ocean, are now very much in a backwater. Travel to the Islands requires a lot of effort with no direct flights from the UK, Europe or US and only 11 hotels listed in the capital city Moroni!
The islands have a history of political instability, an underfunded infrastructure, serious poverty, a dependence upon international aid support and to top it all Mt Karthala is the world's largest active volcano with it's most recent eruption in 2005. However the Comoros Islands have to be a destination to watch out for in the future if they succeed in emulating their Indian Ocean neighbours the Seychelles and Maldives.