Ports of Call
The Nosy Mitsio archipelago lies 70 km north of Nosy Be and is only accessible by boat. Skimming over the water, you can get a glimpse of bottle-nose dolphins and green turtles but your arrival is even more breathtaking as you cruise among tiny tropical islands, lush with vegetation and laced with powder-white beaches.
The absence of light pollution makes for a heavenly experience at night, when the stars glitter brightly over the water.
The archipelago is made up of about a dozen islands. La Grande Mitsio is the largest, with the small farming villages of Antakarana and Akalava. Tsarabanjina has volcanic rocks, palms and badamier trees and four gently shelving beaches.
- Spot wildlife like bottled-nose dolphins and green turtles
- Enjoy a beach BBQ
- Dinner under the stars
- Optional half-day excursion features a climb up the highest hill on Nosy Ankarea (219m)
Antsiranana is situated in the extreme north of Madagascar and was known as Diego Suarez until 1975.
The Nosy Hara archipelago off the northern tip of Madagascar is made up of 12 small islands surrounded by coral reef, making it a popular site for swimming and snorkelling.
The Nosy Hara islands are uninhabited and have beautiful coral reefs and unique terrestrial biodiversity, as well as turtle nesting grounds. The islands are a perfect example of the unique Malagasy ecotype, with striking limestone formations eroded by the sea and wind. The islands are home to the almost extinct Madagascar fish-eagle, who is almost as large as the American bald eagle.
- Visit a WWF protected Marine Park
This so-called Orchid Island is an unspoilt piece of paradise only 1 km west of Nosy Be. It offers excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Sakatia is only 6 km long and 2 km wide and its 300 inhabitants are spread across three villages. The inland is hilly and offers beautiful hikes, especially at higher elevations. The southern tip of the island is still a virgin forest inhabited by the smallest chameleon in the world (1 cm long) and many other unique species such as fanihy (giant bats). Relatively untouched by tourism, Nosy Sakatia is the perfect place to enjoy the 'real’ Madagascar, away from the crowds.
- Optional half-day excursion: Discover the hilly areas of the island, lush vegetation of exotic trees and fauna which includes the world’s smallest chameleon
Iranja is actually made up of two islands – Big Iranja and Small Iranja connected by a bank of white sand, which is submerged at high tide.
Iranja is home to a small community of fishermen and of the endangered Green and Hawksbill turtles which lay their legs there. The coastline around is also home to humpback and bottle-nose dolphins and whale sharks. The island has a quaint lighthouse designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame.
- Meet a small community of fishermen
Tanikely is a tiny island surrounded by patches of shallow coral and sandy beaches.
The only inhabitants are occasional day tourists coming from Nosy Be Island and the famous giant fruit bats or flying foxes. The island is a marine-life paradise with coral reefs. Thousands of fish and occasional humpback whales can be seen at any time due to amazing underwater visibility.
- Snorkelling, swimming and diving
Nosy Komba is a beautiful volcanic island between Nosy Be and mainland Madagascar.
The island is a popular holiday destination due to its easy accessibility, and clean and private beaches that offer great snorkelling opportunities. It’s also a great island to explore, covered by a magnificent primal forest and home to all kinds of flora and fauna. Komba's population lives in Ampangorinana along the northern beach. The other inhabitants are the 5,000 black lemurs – sacred and thus safe from danger – which are adorable and far from timid.
- Optional afternoon excursion to explore the island
AnkifyAnkify is a small fishing and farming village on the north-eastern tip of Madagascar.
The area is known for having a number of plantations – cocoa, vanilla and ylangylang. On either side of the village, there are a number of sandy beaches behind which some small simple hotels have been built. The quiet port of Ankify is a gateway to the Ankarana National Park, offering dramatic landscapes in this unique region.
- Optional full-day excursion to Ankarana Park
Nosy Be, or ‘Big Island’ in Malagasy, was first occupied by Swahili and Indian traders and is now Madagascar's best known resort destination.
It was once called ‘Nosy Manitra’ or the ‘Island of Perfumes’ due to the many fragrances that emanate from ylangylang, coffee, cacao, vanilla and sugarcane plantations all across the island.
- Optional half-day excursion