Handicrafts are often of poor quality, but Mayotte women and a few women in Grand Comore produce high-quality baskets. CDs, colorful women’s clothing (KMF500 for a numbawani and KMF750 for a nicer shawl), gorgeous scarves (KMF2,000), and other imports are available.
The majority of the handicrafts and tourist trinkets for sale at Moroni’s Volo Volo market are produced in Madagascar and sold by Malagasy expats. Local crafts are difficult to come by, although some may be found at CNAC in Itsandra. Other sections of the Volo Volo market sell one-of-a-kind Comorian goods. Consider using locally grown spices and essential oils, making your own lamps and vegetable peelers, or using coconut goods.
Do not purchase shells from beach sellers.
Prices in the Comoros tend to be higher than in the rest of East Africa due to the islands’ isolation. The cheapest motels or bungalows in Moroni (the Comoros’ most costly lodging area) may cost as little as €20 if you haggle hard. Hotel Moroni, on the other hand, may cost hundreds of dollars. Imported products are less expensive on Grand Comore than on Moheli, while fruits and vegetables are less expensive, although less plentiful, on Moheli. Meals at a brochetterie (a low-priced restaurant serving fried pork with bananas, manioc, taro, or breadfruit) may cost up to KMF1500 (€3) on Grand Comore and as little as KMF250 (€0.50) on Moheli. Cakes (sweet bread) sold by ladies on the street often cost between KMF50 and KMF100. For food and accommodation, one might get by with KMF6,000-10,000 (€12-20) per day.