Fomboni is quiet and sleepy in the extreme. There’s no old Arab town like those in Moroni and Mutsamudu, and most of the buildings are low-rise and low-tech. Once you’ve walked up and down the nameless main street a couple of times, cast an eye over the market and visited the jetty, you’ve pretty much experienced all that the town has to offer.
The biggest (and most politically bullying) of the three islands, Grande Comore is also dominated by the largest active volcano in the world, Mt Karthala (2360m) – over the last 200 years it has consistently erupted once every 11 years on average. The last eruption spewed lava for a full 14 days in December 2005.