Visiting the Glorioso Islands? You have found my personal notes and travel tips, such as the best time to visit the Glorioso Islands and miscellaneous facts which I obtain from a variety of sources such as first hand observations, personal conversations, magazines, newspapers, websites, books and so forth.
The Glorioso Islands are located to the northwest of Madagascar and to the east of Mozambique (in the vicinity of Comoros Island). The Glorioso Islands are claimed by France as well as Madagascar and Comoros and are not generally open to visitors. There is a French military garrison and the area is generally a nature preserve for turtles, birds and the surrounding coral.
Best Time to Visit the Glorioso Islands
Short Answer: Short Answer: Mid-May to November
Longer Answer: December through April is rainy in the region where the Glorioso Islands are. May is when the rains start to taper off so shoot more for late May vs early May. July is a perfect month with the temperatures and humidity the most pleasant of the year, and the rain at a minimum. Compared to June, July and August, September, October and November are more rainy (just not as much as the wet season between December and April). Just so you know, November is one of the warmer/hotter months. Thus, from a weather perspective, the best time to go to the Glorioso Islands is June through August, but going in late May through November are good as well.
All that said, don’t expect to actually be able to go for long as these are overseen by the French Foreign Legion. With a lack of accommodations or infrastructure, the best you can hope to do is land briefly (if even that).
Miscellaneous Travel Tips for the Glorioso Islands
Probaby not a place that should be on your list.
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