Ecosystèmes Marins de l'Archipel des Comores
Ecosystèmes Marins de l'Archipel des Comores is part of the Tentative list of Comoros in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The waters around the Comoros archipelago constitute a sample of marine and coastal environments; they are especially known for the conservation of “deep” marine environments (-300 m). The area includes beaches of coral or volcanic sand, mangroves, lagoons and coral reefs.
Map of Ecosystèmes Marins de l'Archipel des ComoresLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
I visited Moheli in August 2016, when stayed at Laka Lodge (http://www.lakalodge.com), the most interesting place to stay in Comoros. I spent my morning snorkeling in the Moheli Marine Park, part of the Ecosystèmes Marins de l'Archipel des Comores tentative World Heritage Site, some of the richest coral reefs in the Mozambique channel and where I saw green sea turtles, octopus, anemone fish and moray eel. I went on an afternoon hike with the Laka Lodge's manager to see Livingstone's fruit bats, which are endemic to Anjouan and Moheli and, with a nearly 5 ft wingspan, are one of the largest megabats. In the evening, I visited an isolated beach around an hour from Laka Lodge to observe newborn green sea turtles scamper to the coast and enormous adults lay eggs in the very soft sand.
2007 Added to Tentative List
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