Madagascar beach holiday Nosy Be

Duration: 08 DAYS SUN-SUN AIRLINK DIRECT


Enjoy the sea, sun and sand, and for those with limited time, discover a ‘mini – Madagascar. Suitable all year round.

Nosy Be is the largest in an archipelago of Islands off the Northwest coast of Madagascar. Thanks to a near perfect climate and its “Indian Ocean Paradise Island” ambience, Nosy Be is the most popular holiday destination in the Malagasy Region. The largest town Hellville is worth a visit for its markets. Day excursions can be arranged to various surrounding Islands. The most popular being Nosy Tanikely, a marine reserve where the surrounding reefs offer wonderful opportunities for snorkelling and diving. Nosy Komba, “Lemur Island” where you will have the opportunity to get “the lemur on the shoulder” experience. Diving and deep-sea fishing can also be arranged through your hotel, and for avid golfers Nosy Be also now boasts a Golf Course.

In addition we can offer packages to the wonderful island of Tsarabanjina, situated some 60 kms north of Nosy Be, or Nosy Iranja 60 km south of Nosy Be in the Radama archipelago. Access is by speed boat and takes approximately 1.5 hrs respectively. The hotel Constance Lodge  Tsarabanjina consists of 18 bungalows and  rates as one of the most exclusive resorts in the Indian Ocean Islands boasting pristine coral reefs and superb white beaches. Ideal for those that want a getaway coupled with exclusivity. On Nosy be Island other hotels are :Hotel Vanila, Sakatia Lodge, Nosy Be hotel, Loharano Hotel, L’Heure Bleue, Hotel Chanty Beach, Ravinstara Wellness Hotel 4*, Constance Group Tsarabanina lodge 4*, Eden Lodge 4*, are some of the few that we market.

 Madagascar beach holiday – St. Marie Island.

Duration: 08 DAYS Flight schedule dependant


Discover a “Robinson Crusoe” getaway island and simply relax. Suitable all year round except from late January to mid-March when cyclones can occur.

St. Marie is a beautiful holiday island, 57kms long, situated off Madagascar’s east coast. It has become one of Madagascar’s most popular beach holiday venues. It is surrounded by abundant coral reefs and boasts what many rate as Madagascar’s loveliest beaches. Most of these white, palm-fringed beaches are secluded coves. St. Marie also boasts the world’s only pirate graveyard – this was once a major pirate base.

Along the reefs there are excellent snorkeling possibilities. In August and September Humpback Whales and their calves can be seen. St. Marie is known for its rare and spectacular orchids as well as reptiles and frogs. Excursions to the nearby island of Ille aux Nattes, which boasts some of Madagascar’s best snorkeling reefs, can be arranged through your hotel.

Madagascar beach and wild life – Perinet and St. Marie

Duration: 08 DAYS Flight schedule dependant


Explore the lush tropical rainforests of Eastern Madagascar and relax on St. Marie Island. Suitable all year round except from late January until mid-March when cyclones can occur.

Discover the wonders of Madagascar with a combination of wildlife, visiting the lush eastern region of Madagascar. Madagascar’s rainforests are among the densest in the world and the floral diversity is particularly rich. The island is home to 20% of Africa’s vascular plant species of which 90% are endemic. You will take part in a guided night stroll through the forest, enabling you to spot the nocturnal creatures such as the Aye-Aye and Tenrecs (spiny hedgehogs). You will visit the rainforest at dawn, which is the best time to see the largest of all lemurs, the ape-like Indris. Endemic birds which you will also see include the Tylas, Nuthatch, the extraordinary Velvet Asity and more. You might also be fortunate and catch a glimpse of rare species such as the Giraffe -Necked Weevil, the Golden Mantilla Frog and the two-foot long Parson’s Chameleon.

Walking through the rainforest at daybreak, as the siren-like calls emanate from the mist enshrouded canopy, is one of the most memorable experiences one can have in Madagascar. A visit to the wonderful “Robinson Crusoe” island of St. Marie includes exploring the lush tropical rainforest of Perinet, spending two nights in the heart of the rainforest region, and then on to St. Marie, an idyllic “Robinson Crusoe” getaway island. It is surrounded by abundant coral reefs and boasts what many rate as Madagascar’s loveliest beaches. Most of these white, palm-fringed beaches are secluded coves. St. Marie also boasts the world’s only pirate graveyard – this was once a major pirate base. Along the reefs there are excellent snorkelling possibilities. In August and September Humpback Whales and their calves can be seen.

Madagascar beach and wild life – Perinet and Nosy Be

Duration: 08 DAYS Flight schedule dependant


Suitable all year round except for late January to mid-March when cyclones could occur.

Discover the wonders of Madagascar with a combination of wildlife and sea, visiting the lush eastern region of Madagascar, and then relax in Madagascar’s holiday Mecca – Nosy Be. Here you will explore the lush tropical rainforest of Perinet, spending two nights in the heart of the rainforest region, and then on to Nosy Be on the Northwest coast of Madagascar. And here some fun in the sun awaits you.

Madagascar’s rainforests are among the densest in the world and the floral diversity is particularly rich. The island is home to 20 % of Africa’s vascular plant species of which 90 % are endemic. You will take part in a guided night stroll through the forest ou will take part in a guided night stroll through the forest, enabling you to spot the nocturnal creatures such as the Aye-Aye and Tenrecs (spiny hedgehogs). You will visit the rainforest at dawn, which is the best time to see the largest of all lemurs, the ape-like Indris. Endemic birds include the Tylas, Nuthatch, the extraordinary Velvet Asity and more. You might also be fortunate in seeing such species as the Giraffe-Necked Weevil, the Golden Mantilla Frog and the two-foot long Parson’s Chameleon.

Walking through the rainforest at daybreak, as the siren-like calls emanate from the mist enshrouded canopy, is one of the most memorable experiences one can have in Madagascar. We then visit the “holiday Mecca” of Madagascar – Nosy Be. Nosy Be is the largest in an archipelago of islands off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Thanks to a near perfect climate and its “Paradise Island” ambience, Nosy Be is the most popular holiday destination in the Malagasy Region. Day excursions can be arranged to various surrounding islands.

Madagascar Wild Life – Perinet and Fort Dauphin

Duration: 08 DAYS Flight schedule dependant


A perfect itinerary for those interested in wildlife. Visit 2 of Madagascar’s most popular reserves and discover some of nature’s bizarre and interesting creatures. Suitable all year round except for late January – mid-March.

Discover the wonders of Madagascar with a combination of wildlife and sea, visiting the lush eastern region of Madagascar, and then relax in Madagascar’s holiday Mecca – Nosy Be. Here you will explore the lush tropical rainforest of Perinet, spending two nights in the heart of the rainforest region, and then on to Nosy Be on the Northwest coast of Madagascar. And here some fun in the sun awaits you.

You will travel from the lush, emerald green forest of the East to the semi-arid, spiny forest in the South. There is something for everyone: birds, lemurs, reptiles and insects. Explore with us the wonders and diversity of Madagascar’s wildlife. This itinerary is suitable for those that want to see a broad spectrum of Madagascar’s flora and fauna.

This itinerary covers two of Madagascar’s most popular reserves, Perinet in the eastern region of Madagascar, famed for its large variety of upland rainforest animals and plants, and the Berenty Reserve situated in the south of Madagascar, which is dry and semi–desert like. The area is renowned for the ‘Spiny Forest’, whilst Berenty is famous for its Ringtail and Sifaka Lemurs, having featured in many National Geographic and BBC documentaries.

Madagascar Contrasts – wildlife and beach – Perinet and Morondava

Duration: 08 DAYS Flight schedule dependant


An itinerary that is available all year except from February to April when heavy rains could cause flooding of the roads leading to Kirindy.

Explore the wonders of Madagascar’s wildlife and see the contrasts between the East and the West. Perinet, situated on Madagascar’s East Coast, provides the visitor with a abundance of wildlife and flora. Here you will see the largest of the lemur species, the Indri–Indri, as well as a large variety of rainforest birds, reptiles and endemic orchids.

Morondava on the other hand is situated on the Madagascar West Coast, and features wide sunny beaches and inland dense, deciduous forests and the reserve known at the Kirindy or Swiss forest, and of course the famous Avenue of Baobabs. You will find birds endemic to Madagascar’s west coast and of course its endemic nocturnal wildlife, such as the Fosa (Madagascar’s largest predator, the Giant Jumping Rat (on the endangered list) and the Pigmy Mouse Lemur.

Yacht Charter Packages

Duration: 08 DAYS Sun-Sun


Discover the wonders of an underwater garden as you cruise the Nosy Be archipelago. Diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. Suitable all year round except from late January to mid-March. Can accommodate up to 8 people max.

Experience an unspoiled tropical environment boasting pristine coral reefs and filled with secrets. Discover an underwater garden as you cruise the Nosy Be Archipelago, off Madagascar’s northwest coastline.

Yacht Charters operate in the vicinity of Nosy Be Island, also known as the ‘Perfumed Isle’. Nosy Be is a tropical island off the northwest coast of Madagascar and boasts miles of finest white sand beaches. The most popular beaches, Madirokely and Ambatoloaka, begin approximately ten kilometres west of Hell-Ville the capital of the island. North of Madirokely and Ambatoloaka are a number of other attractive beaches including Andilana and Bellevue

A number of smaller yet equally attractive islands are located in the vicinity of Nosy Be. Nosy Komba, a small volcanic island lying between Nosy Be and the mainland, has several picturesque beaches and offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving. Nosy Komba also plays host to a colony of black lemurs which will eat right out of your hand. Nosy Tanikely, a tiny island 10 kilometres west of Nosy Komba, is also well worth a visit. The attractive beach on this island borders an officially protected marine reserve where the diving and snorkeling is excellent. The skipper will assist divers to explore the mystique of the underwater world. With the help of on-board sonar scanners and depth sounders, it’s not uncommon to make new and exciting underwater discoveries. A yacht charter offers comfortable access to the ocean.

Between Diving and Fishing, there’s always the thrill of the wind in your face as we sail the seas, Island Hopping and stopping for a fresh experience along white shores. Sailing among the Islands we are protected from weather systems, therefore you do not have to be worry about sea sickness and big storms. Excellent sailing conditions are experienced with the constant and gentle land and sea breezes. This together with the stability of the catamarans makes it an ideal beach holiday in Madagascar for the family from 1 to 101 years old.

Nosy Be Beach – Land based Diving

Duration: 08 DAYS Sun-Sun


This package is for those that don’t want to go on a live aboard. You will be based on the small Island of Nosy Sakatia, the second largest of the islands within the immediate vicinity of Nosy Be, situated one nautical mile West of Nosy Be.

This package is for those that don’t want to go on a live aboard. You will be based on the small Island of Nosy Sakatia, the second largest of the islands within the immediate vicinity of Nosy Be, situated one nautical mile West of Nosy Be. Nosy Sakatia has a population of 250 people and two hotels, Sakatia Passions for game fishing and Sakatia Lodge for diving. There are no roads, cars or bicycles on this island – a small natures paradise.

Nosy Be (Big Island) is one of the most popular islands of Madagascar, situated in the northwest 13 degrees from the equator. This island is ideally positioned, 25km south of the magnificent Archipelago of the Mitsio Islands and 45km north of the Archipelago of the Radama Islands. In its immediate surroundings lie Nosy Sakatia, Nosy Tany Kely, Nosy Fanihi, Nosy Iranja and the famous Russian Bay with three other inhabited islands near by. All offering excellent diving. This constitutes an area, north to south, of approximately 125 km with many banks and reefs, many of which are still unexplored.

SAKATIA LODGE is a dive center with a restaurant and accommodation in the form of bungalows ( Maximum accommodation 16 guests )  It is situated on the south east side of Nosy Sakatia in a protected bay. The numerous dive sites around Sakatia vary in depth from six meters to fifty meters, consisting of walls, drops, coral reefs, sand and pinnacles. During boat rides, encounters with dolphins and whales are not uncommon, and dives with manta rays and whale sharks are all in a good days diving. The three house reefs five minutes away from the center not only offer great afternoon dives but also are ideal spots for extremely safe night dives.

We can provide you with a package including 6 – 10 dives (tanks and weightbelts included), or all equipment included as well as dive courses.

Madagascar beach. Nosy Be and St. Marie

Duration: 15 DAYS Flight schedule dependant


For the Sun, sea and sand lover. Get the best of both Worlds. Visit the Nosy Be archipelago of North as well as St. Marie in the East. Best time to go: April – late January.

Northern Explorer

Duration: 10 DAYS Flight schedule dependant


Get off the beaten track and discover some of Madagascar’s most fascinating destinations. Follow in the footsteps of Don Pinnock (GETAWAY DECEMBER 01) hiking and climbing Montagne D’ambre and discover the uniqueness of the Ankarana (a world heritage site)

Get off the beaten track and discover some of Madagascar’s most fascinating destinations. Follow in the footsteps of Don Pinnock (GETAWAY DECEMBER 01) hiking and climbing Montagne D’ambre and discover the bizarre uniqueness of the Ankarana (a world heritage site) filled with caves, sunken forests and emerald green lakes. (You might even be lucky and spot the illusive TENREC, that Don didn’t!)

Excursion 1 – 1 Day
Secluded Bays – deserted beaches
Approximately 30 minutes from the town of Diego along a narrow sand road you will find the beautiful and isolated beach of Baie de Sakalava . Here you will be able to swim, snorkel or take a short 2 hour hike along the beach to Baie de Dunes. A wonderful meal will be cooked and provided for you on the beach. Time permitting you may visit the fishing village of Ramena . In the afternoon you will return back to your hotel

Excursion 2 – 1 Day
Montagne D’ambre National Park
After breakfast you will be taken to visit the Montagne D’ambre (Amber Mountain) reserve. This is a popular hiking reserve with lovely scenery and lush montane forest, crater lakes and waterfalls. Mammals that can be seen here include the Sanford’s Lemur, the Crowned Lemur and Fork-Marked Lemur. Birdwatching is also very rewarding, with species such as the Madagascar Crested Ibis, Malagasy Kingfisher and Madagascar Paradise Fly-Catcher occurring in the region. A picnic lunch will be served in the reserve and in the late afternoon you will either return to your hotel or overnight in the reserve on a camping basis.

Excursion 3 – 1 Day
Windsor Caster and Baie de Courier
Situated about a 2 hour drive towards the west coast of Madagascar. You will take part in an 2 hour hike through hilly savannah-like country side to the top of Madagascars’ Windsor Castle 391m.

This monolith , visible from Diego, is steep sided with a flat plateau on top, making it a perfect lookout point during times of war, and the views from here are superb. Lunch will be served at the foot of the mountain. There will be short drive to the beautiful beach of Baie de Courier, where you will have time to relax and swim, returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Excursion 4 – 1/2 Day
Montagne de Francais
Montagne De Francais (French Mountain) . Here you will be able to take a short mourning hike to an old fort. The mountain gets its name from the memorial to the French and Malagasy killed during the Allied Invasion in 1942. It is a hot but rewarding climb and there are some caves nearby that can be explored. The remainder of the day can be spent at your leisure.

Excursion 5 – 2 nights – 3 Days
Ankarana National Reserve

Day 1
After breakfast you will be taken to visit the Ankarana reserve situated some 65km south of Diego. The Ankarana is a spectacular and bizarre area, and has been the subject of a National Geographic Video. The Ankarana is a 5km x 20km limestone plateau surrounded by formidable cliffs and fields of razor-sharp pinnacles, which are called ‘Tsingy‘. Underneath the Tsingy are miles of caves, passages and rivers, where one can find crocodiles and blind fish. Inbetween the cliffs are sunken forests where many rare species of wildlife take refuge. Overnight camping on a fullboard basis.

Day 2
A guided tour through the Ankarana. You will visit places such as the emerald green Lake Vert, which is a natural deep sinkhole, and see some spectacular pinnacle fields as well as interesting flora and fauna. Overnight camping on a fullboard basis.

Day 3
You will be transferred from the Ankarana back to Diego.

Madagascar Explorer

Duration: 15 DAYS


Travel overland from Antananarivo to Tulear on the southwest coast. En-route you will see the breathtaking scenery of the highlands, mystical rainforests, stark landscapes, and the arid spiny desert.

Travel overland from Tana (Antananarivo), situated in the highlands, to Tulear on the southwest coast of Madagascar. En-route you will see breathtaking scenery of the highlands and emerald green rice fields. Visit the mystical rainforest of Ranomafana, home of the recently discovered Golden Bamboo Lemur, hike in the stark landscapes of the Isalo Massif and explore the arid spiny desert. Discover an underwater coral garden as you snorkel or dive off the coast of Ifaty beach.

Our visit to Fort Dauphin exposes all the quaint hideaways and attractions of this picturesque town, set on a small peninsula and backed by high mountains. Besides having Madagascar’s most beautiful beach (the Libanona), this town is the gateway to the island’s most popular reserve – the famous Berenty Reserve. The highlight of this reserve is the high population of attractive southern lemurs, the Ringtail Lemur and the Verreaux Sifaka. There will also be some time for relaxation, snorkeling and diving. Suitable all year round except late January – mid-March when cyclones can occur.

Discover the lost world – Natures living Laboratory

Duration: Flight schedule dependant


During this trip you will discover some of Madagascar’s strange and bizarre , from sunken forests, caves , pigmy bats, chameleons, orchids to the last of the pristine rainforest areas , the Masoala Peninsula, where you will discover natures “living laboratory”.

In the north of Madagascar lies an amazing spectacle held sacred by the Antakarana people who live there. Ankarana is a massive limestone mountain, covered in impenetrable razor sharp pinnacles on the outside and miles of gigantic caves, underground rivers and sunken forests, on the inside. The Antakarana lived in the caves when they were at war with the Merina from the central highlands. Ancestral bones, old pots and implements, remain in the caves and ancestral spirits, whisper in the wind passing through forests formed where the roofs of the caves have fallen in. Ankarana is revered by modern day descendants of these brave souls and has been declared a National Park, to help preserve their history and one of the worlds last Eden’s. The Lost World tour combines the huge caves, sunken forest and razor sharp tsingy of Ankarana, with the lush rainforest and waterfalls of Amber Mountain .

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The “Masoala Rainforest Adventure” which provides the ultimate experience of the Masoala Rainforest from the beauty and tranquility of the Antalavia camp. The exclusive camp, at the mouth of the pristine Antalavia River, is sandwiched between the densely forested mountains of Parc Masoala and the rich waters of the Tampolo Marine Reserve. Access is by an exciting 50 kilometer sea voyage from Maroantsetra, across the Bay d’Antongil, breeding grounds for Humpback whales, and down the Masoala Peninsula, deep into the Parc. Once in the camp, the cool clear cascades of the river compete with the warm coral waters of the sea, while all around the unique forest begs for exploration. The wilderness camp provides basic yet comfortable accommodation in bow-tents on thatched platforms, each in a private grove of tropical hardwood trees with a view of the beach. A traditional palm-frond hut overlooking the water serves as a communal eating and socialising area. With a choice of guided forest trails, bird and game watching, sea kayaking, snorkelling, beach-combing, fishing or simply racking up quality hammock time, there is something for everyone at this natural paradise.

Accommodation is on an organised camping basis as there are no hotels in these reserves. This Itinerary is for those with a sense of adventure, a love for nature and are prepared to rough it somewhat.

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