Nosy Be & Beyond
Nosy Be & Beyond
Nosy Be, whose name means "Big Island" in Malagasy, is located on the northwest coast of Madagascar in the Mozambique Channel. Nosy Be is also known as "Island of Perfumes" thanks to the many Ylang-Ylang plantations that are used in the design of perfumes. A large part of the trees of Ylang-Ylang are located between the airport and Hell-Ville, this will allow you to be immersed by its specific scent when you arrive.
The surrounding islands
Nosy Iranja has been rated as one of the 9 most beautiful and secret islands in the world according to Vogue magazine. Nosy Iranja, which in Malagasy means "turtle island" owes its name to the fact that turtles come there to lay, a spectacle that can be admired depending on the seasons.
The island is composed of two islands called Iranja Kely and Iranja Be, which, at low tide, are connected for 1 km 400 by a bright white, fine sandy tongue.
Nosy Tanikely, classified as "Marine Protected Area", is surrounded by a coral reef of exceptional biodiversity that gives it the nickname of a natural aquarium. Many marine species have made their habitat due to the warm waters of the Sambirano River.
Tanikely, which means "small land" in Malagasy, is a true paradise for fans of scuba diving, snorkeling and nature lovers.
Located between Nosy Be and Nosy Iranja Nosy Antsoha is a protected private island. It is possible to ask to stop there during the trip to Nosy Iranja. The island is home to lemurs and baby turtles. The injured lemurs are brought to the island to be healed and to end their lives. Four different varieties of lemurs are visible there, Varecia, Sifaka, Macaco and finally Fulvus, more commonly known as Lemur or Brown Maki. After a quick visit to the island, you will end up in the place where baby turtles are raised to allow them to have a better chance of survival on their first attempt at sea.
Nosy Komba, which means the lemur island in Malagasy, is strangely similar to a gigantic turtle shell surrounded by volcanic rocks.
The island has a mountain with a height of 622 meters, covered by a dense tropical forest. Many small beaches with turquoise water, make Nosy Komba, a gem of nature. Nosy Komba is home to many lemur families also called Macaco.
Nosy Sakatia is called Orchid Island. This variety of endemic and colorful orchids from Madagascar blooms from April to July. The island also has beautiful coves and offers you the unique experience of swimming with giant turtles in a special place called "The Pool".
At Nosy Be
Mont-Passot, a volcanic hill culminating at 326 m, is the highest peak on Nosy Be Island. It is one of the must-see visits on the island for its 360° panoramic view overlooking the sacred lakes and a breathtaking sunset.
For hiking enthusiasts, a guide can be booked to take you to the top of the mountain from the village of Dzamandzar for a 2H30 hike. This hike will take you through plantations of ylang-ylang, pineapple, banana trees and everything that Nosy Be has to offer in these lands.
Nosy Be in Quad
Explore the interior of the island and its many trails in complete safety, equipped with quads and accompanied by specialized guides.
The excursion can be done by the day or half-day, the tours are adapted according to the desires and level. The guides will be present to help you discover in more depth the territories you will cross.
Pearls International Golf Course Nosy Be
Pearls International Golf is a fairly young course, located on a hilly terrain near the coast that offers spectacular views of Nosy-Be, the sea and the surrounding islands.
This 18-hole course is located on the west coast between Dzamandzar and Bemoko, 15 minutes from the hotel.
It can be described as tropical links where the wind often influences the game. Both beginners and experienced players will love wide fairways and playable rough. A wonderful course for a Golf holiday!
The island has many diving sites depending on the level and interests of each one. Whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner, the certified instructors will help you discover the exceptional richness of the marine fauna and flora of the warm waters of the Nosy Be archipelago.
Lemuria Land & Park
Lemuria Land Park is a natural and botanical reserve surrounded by century-old ylang-ylang trees that have contributed to Nosy Be's reputation. This visit of nearly 3 hours will make you discover the endemic fauna and flora of Madagascar, composed of a great variety of endemic lemurs, but also reptiles including the most beautiful specimens of chameleons, crocodiles, various species of turtles, lizards and many others!
Lokobe Nature Reserve
Lokobe is the last protected primary forest of Nosy Be, with its many varieties of medicinal and endemic plants of Madagascar as well as its millenary trees.
This nature reserve will make you discover a dense tropical forest. As an initiation rite, let yourself be guided through this preserved universe to discover nocturnal and diurnal lemurs (Macaco and lemurs), reptiles, chameleons, insects, and tropical birds.
Lokobe is home to 376 animal species, including 3 insectivorous species, 5 rodent species, 16 bat species, 4 carnivorous species, 11 primate species, 1 ungulate species, 103 bird species, 84 reptile species, 34 amphibian species, and 112 butterfly species.
Different tours are available:
- Kindro tour: This circuit is a loop between Ampasindava and Nosy Be. The flora is very dense, you can meet lemurs and reptiles. It takes an average of 1.5 hours to travel the 2.13 km.
- Mitsinjo tour: On this tour, you can enjoy a 1 km long staircase from the entrance to the park at the top of the Mitsinjo, which rises to an altitude of 432 meters. It takes about 2 hours for this tour.
- Rummy tour: This 2.25 km circuit lasts about 3 hours. During the walk, you will discover paradisiacal beaches where you can picnic.
For a morning or afternoon after a long day at sea, a moment at Nosy Be's waterfall will relax you. The vegetation differs from what is usually found on the island.
Many humpback whales visit the warm waters of Nosy Be from July to September.
During this extraordinary spectacle, it is possible to admire them romping with their calf during organized observations. This outing also aims to raise awareness about the protection of these mammals.
In addition to humpback whales accompanied by their calves, it is not uncommon to meet dolphins who come to play around the boat.
An excellent way to discover the rural landscape of Nosy Be is on horseback. The visits are supervised by qualified instructors who will allow you to discover Nosy Be from the interior of the island to discover the sacred lakes to the superb warm sandy beaches. A sea bath on horseback, with family or friends, will create memorable experiences.
The sacred tree
In Nosy Be, several sacred trees of Indian origin can be seen, however, not all of them have been blessed and sacred by royalty. The sacred tree of Mahatsinjo was planted around 1800 in Mahatsinjo by Indian traders and was declared sacred by Queen Sakalava Tsiomeko. Mahatsinjo was made sacred because it was the first place where Queen Tsiomeko lived on Nosy Be Island after her exile. It is a place of high spirituality and respect. Before entering the place you will be given a local and spiritual dress.