"The Perfume Island"
Anjouan is called "the Perfume Island" because of the quality and quantity of the islands fragrant agricultural products which include ylang-ylang, jasmine, basil, cloves, vanilla, coffee and more.
The island is the second oldest and is the most mountainous of the 4 islands despite heavy erosion. It has a very rugged terrain, with steep slopes and narrow valleys.
Anjouan is dominated by the Dzialandzé Lake at the crown of Mount Ntrigui, 1595 m high.
Admire some of the most beautiful basins, slopes and valleys of the archipelago, especially those near Bambao or Patsi found about 500m above sea level.
The south of the island has more to offer tourists, this is where the southern slope of Mount Ntrigui is found, between Moya and Foumbani.
The fauna and flora is rich and diverse in Pomoni including species such as aquatic plants and garlands forests where we find the Livingstone fruit bats and lemurs.
Sultan Salim allowed the 1st British Consul and Mr. Stanley Planter land in Pomoni to create the first colonial society on Anjouan.
Visit the remains of the first sugar factory and other vestiges of colonial buildings near Pomoni.
The District of Pomoni:
The greenest area of the island, also Pomoni has several streams that flow directly from Lake Dzialandzé. Pomoni lagoon offers boats a deep-water port once served as the main slave port in the region.
Founded in the 9th century, Foumbani offers a beautiful white sand beach with a natural harbor where the 1st Chiraziens landed in Anjouan, these are the same people who built the mosque in the 15th century. Remains of the ancient mosque are still visible today.
Visit the beautiful forest of Bougwéni, rich in endemic floura and fauna, especially the giant bats and lemurs.
Bimbini has a long red sand beach and lagoon that extends several km to Moheli. The saddle of island is within walking distance of the village during low tide.
Moya has a uniquely built hotel overlooking a small white sand beach.
The Region of Noumakélé (South West):
Two beautiful sites can be found in Noumakélé including NGomadjou Cliffs and Chiroroni Beach, a huge white sand beach, probably the most beautiful seaside on Anjouan. It is also one of the most beautiful dive sites of the archipelago.
Nounakélé harbor is also a historic site where the first Chiraziens landed in the 13th century. It is also the port most used for exportation of products from the colonial Society at Noumakélé. Visit the ruins of the sisal plant, huge and impressive today with its large machines that were used to grind and transform sisal fiber, with its tower that housed the steam engine energy plant.
Visit Djamoidzé to see the Trimba, a ritual dance in honor of the Djinns, which, they say, are the ancestors of Anjouannais.
The royal city of Domoni was founded in the 9th century and is also rich in historical monuments. It is also hometown of the 1st Sultan of Anjouan from the 18th century and the first President of independent Comoros.
In the old town get lost in the narrow alleys of the medina. Admire princely palaces at Udjoumbé or Pangahari built in the 17th century, or Dari Dari Mwa built in the 18th century.
The Mausoleum of the father of independence, President Ahmed Abdallah, is also open for visitors interested in Comorian history.
Black sand beach is popular with local visitors on weekends.
While there treat yourself to a hot Mjoumbi, this mixture of groundwater and seawater has many therapeutic properties.
This town was founded in the 15th century and is the the economic, commercial, administrative and military Capitol of the island, as well as being rich in history. Visit the medina with narrow streets and Arabic architecture including the citadel, fortifications built by Sultan Abdullah I in the late 18th century to protect the city against attacks Malagasy. The citadel still overlooks the city, with its cannons in place along the defensive walls that link the palace to the sea. You can also visit the Old Friday Mosque and the adjoining royal palace dating from the 16th century in front of Mpagahari.
Bamboa is a palace in a park, built in the 19th century by Abdallah Said Mawana III, Sultan of Anjouan.
Enlightened monarch and open to global progress, he developed Bambao with sugar cane plantations, a oil refinery for ylang ylang and jasmine, and at the edge of the sea, the beautiful palace and park.
The Dzialandzé Lake: This lake caps Mount Ntrigui, the highest point of the island 1595 m above sea level and the geometric center of the island. The waters of Lake Dzialandzé feed all the streams and rivers of the island. Climbing Mount Ntrigui is most often done from the village of Mchacojou.