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Nosy Be

Why visit Nosy Be?

Nosy Be is Madagascar’s prime beach destination. There are several islands in the Nosy Be archipelago, ideal for sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and diving, but you will also find beautiful forests and fascinating wildlife.
Reasons to visit Nosy Be include:

  • Relax on unspoilt sandy beaches or swim, snorkel, sail or dive in the pristine waters. There is an enormous diversity of colourful marine life here. 
  • Feast on fresh seafood from one of the open-air restaurants. 
  • Visit the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Lokobe ”“ home to black lemurs and the brilliantly-coloured Nosy Be Panther Chameleon as well as vanilla orchids and ylang-ylang trees.
  • Turtle watching! Nosy Komba and Nosy Iranja are both important breeding sites for the Hawksbill turtle. 
  • In November and December, whale sharks feed in the water around Nosy B, while humpback whales travel through here in July and August. 
  • Head inland for forest walks, or visit a cocoa or vanilla plantation or crater lake.

When to go to Nosy Be

In general this region is warm from May to November and much from December to April. It doesn’t have so much rain in the rainy season as other parts of the north of Madagascar, but it does have rain throughout the year. There can be cyclones in February and March.

How to do it

Nosy Be and the surrounding islands are best reached by air and regular flights are available from Tana.  Driving is possible but the huge distances and standard of some of the roads, particularly during the rains makes flying the sensible option.

Where to stay in Nosy Be

This really is a piece of paradise, far from anywhere. Palm Beach Resort has a good range of facilities and the use of a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed beach, it's a good base from which to explore all the other islands. For something smaller and more intimate try Manga Soa Lodge with just 7 rooms, and enjoy Nosy Be in relaxing peace.

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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time:

Flights from Europe to Madagascar take about 10/11 hours.

Language: Malagasy and French are Madagascar's official languages. English or German is spoken by a municipal workers and guides.A basic working knowledge of French will make communication easier.


Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.


Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.



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