Nosy Be is an archipelago of small islands located off the northwest coast of Madagascar. ).
The main island spreads about 26 km from north to south about 20 km from east to west. The archipelago includes the small islands of Nosy Komba, Nosy Fanihy, Nosy Sakatia, Nosy Iranja, Nosy Tanikely and archipelagos of Mitsio and Radama. The island is covered with sugar cane fields, coffee, but also sesame, rice, corn, sweet potatoes and cassava. The harvest of ylang ylang flowers began around 1910. It is this activity that has the nickname of island of perfumes.
The following activities and sites are among the ones we can propose:
Lokobe reserve covers around 740ha and includes the last remaining lowland rainforest found on the Nosy Be island. The reserve is known for the Black Lemur ( Eulemur Macaco ) , the Lepilemur tymerlachsoni (Hawks’ Sportive Lemur) and the beautiful Nosy Be Panther Chameleon.
From end of September to end of December is the ideal time to observe Whale Sharks as they come to feed in the rich waters of the region. in the waters surrounding Nosy Be. Slip into the water with your mask snorkels and fins to find yourself in the company of this animal that can reach 15m long. This totally harmless giant is swimming quietly, filtering plankton and small fish …
There’s also plenty of interesting diving spots for beginners and advanced divers. While some of the lodges we work with have their own dive shop so you can get your PADI certification during your holiday, Nosy Tanikely is the best spot for introductory or refresh dives. . An amazing variety and quantity of colorful fish will delight scuba divers and those who practice snorkelling . The visit of the island will surprise visitors for its rich flora and wildlife. Huge extensive reefs surround Sakatia and Nosy Be and at their edges are exciting walls and drop-offs, some exciting drift dives and a wreck off Ambatoloaka.
Finally, the guided tours of the fresh produce markets, plantations and distilleries take visitors to the very origins of spices, perfume and chocolate.