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Nosy Be and its coral islands…
In everybody’s mind, tropical islands are coconut trees and white sand. Nosy Be is much more than that. First of all, its geographic location is a major advantage. Besides its cultural specificity one can discover through rites, its «fady» (bans or exclusions), its holy sites (sacred trees), tiny traditional villages (falafa), Nosy Be owns a very rich historical inheritance, which marked it deeply (Prince House, royal tombs, etc.…).
Certain rites of inhabitants, «boutres», Indian village, are tracks that Comorian and Zanzibar migrants left during intense seaborne trade periods in Indian Ocean. Other historical events were so significant that they gave their names to some sites (Mont Passot, Hellville, Baie des russes…)
Nosy Be, is an ideal suitability between cultural et natural. One can meet quite often numerous species: (turtles, skates, dolphins, whales). This destination is well known for its harmless whale sharks. Reefs are true aquariums.
Klima und Wind
Trade winds are blowing there between June and November. During this period, prevailing winds are l’Avarabe from North-East and Talio from South-West (during afternoons). Temperature is pleasant with an average of 25°, and water remains rather warm all the year long, reaching sometimes 30° during summer.
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Itinerary 7 days / nights
Southward cruise – toward RADAMA Islands Archipelago.
Nosy Be - Nosy Tanikely - Mamoko - Baie des Russes - Nosy Iranja - Kalakajoro - Nosy Ovy - Antanimora - Baramahamay - Nosy Be
Day 1 : NOSY BE - NOSY TANIKELY – MAMOKO (23M)
After welcome and installation on board, we will rig out for 1 hour cruise, toward Nosy Tanikely meaning "small land island" in Malagasy. This national under sea reserve can be explored in snorkelling. One can go round the island surrounded by myriads of turtles and multicoloured fishes.
An abandoned lighthouse in the middle of the island, allows accessing a very beautiful panorama of Nosy Bé bay. In the afternoon, you sail toward Mamoko waterfall. A local dinner will take place in the boat cockpit with candle lights listening to the waterfall sound.
Day 2 : MAMOKO – BAIE DES RUSSES (25M)
After breakfast, once landing you will link a picture of the waterfall with the sound you heard previously. Its limpid and fresh water invites to take a bath, whereas the site is ideal to relax. For the most «courageous », you can go through the water curtain to discover a cave.
During the morning, start for Baie des Russes. A full day of cruising during which you will fish hand swim, will lead you to an unusual place. Unusual by its name (coming from a Russian ship and its crew forgotten there, during the conflict of 1905 with the Japanese).
All the crew died without knowing war was over without them! Now a day it’s the dolphins’ playground. You will moor deeply inside the bay….absolute silence guaranteed…
Day 3 : BAIE DES RUSSES – NOSY IRANJA (15M)
Morning will begin by 30 minutes of dinghy. You will enter a labyrinth of a luxuriant mangrove. You will land to reach isolated village of Amboany. Departure from Echoes after lunch toward Nosy Iranja. You moor late afternoon in a shelter of île aux Tortues (famous spot of turtle’s reproduction). This island only has a unique village of fishermen; for sure you will feel like Robinson Crusoé. For dinner, 2 different ambiances: barbecue on the beach under coconut trees or gastronomic dinner restaurant at Petite Iranja (4 stars) hotel. (About 25 euros/pers).
Day 4 : NOSY IRANJA - NOSY KALAKAJORO (20M)
After a nice night, rocked by the waves, sunrise will reveal an outstanding island. Actually, there are 2 inlets linked by a sandbank you can access at low tide. There are so many fishes that you can hunt some for lunch.
You can climb up the lighthouse, or practice sailboard or Kite surf or dive with the diving club of the island. For the others, massages are possible (about 15 euros / hour). During the afternoon, heading on Radama.
Day 5 : NOSY KALAKAJORO - NOSY OVY - NOSY ANTANIMORA (17M)
Kalakajoro island characterizes itself by the beauty of its desert beaches and its enormous coral reef, north of island. Before lunch, you will sail for 1 hour toward Nosy Ovy. This island is the biggest of archipelago. Its buildings are looking like the 20’.
A land excursion, will give you the opportunity to see it closer. After 1 hour walk among a very rich flora, (coffee tree, avocado tree, pepper plant, mango tree…) you will reach the summit of the island. The end of this excursion is followed by the departure for Nosy Antanimora meaning «easy land» in Malagasy. Another destination for diving, farniente, Sun bath or hammock.
Day 6 : NOSY ANTANIMORA – BARAMAHAMAY (27M)
For sure morning will be too short in this haven of peace. In fact, this island is nearly desert; it is only inhabited by fishermen for short periods. The most beautiful sand banc of archipelago is located south of this island.
The last mooring night will be in Baramahamay river estuary. Dinner on board, listening to many sounds of mangrove fauna.
Day 7 : BARAMAHAMAY - NOSY BE (34M)
After breakfast, everybody embarks on dinghy, for a fascinating exploration of the surroundings. You will see herons, pigeons, guinea hens, crocodiles. The wake of our dinghy will awake some endemic mammals. The end of this excursion will be followed by departure to Nosy Be. Arrival at Hell Ville harbour before lunch. Free time, you can do a last visit: the market with multicoloured stands with nice smelling of vanilla, spices, and cinnamon...
This last excursion will depend on your flight schedule.
Day 1: 2 ½ h sailingn
Arrival in Craty in the morning and boarding on the sailing boat. Set off for Tany Kely, a National park protected by a large reef. The perfect spot for snorkelling: the flora and fauna inside the lagoon are very rich and colourful. Visit of the island and its lighthouse. Depart to Nosy Komba in the afternoon. Night at Nosy Komba.
Also called Nosy Ambariovato, Nosy Komba, surrounded by breath taking rocks that host hundreds of lemurs that you can easily approach if you offer them a banana.
Visit Ampagorina and its craft shops where you can purchase beautiful embroidered bed sheets and table clothes. Moor overnight at Nosy Komba.
Day 3: 5 h sailing
Early morning departure towards the Mitsio islands, an archipelago made up of 6 islands and large rocks. Lunch in front of Nosy Tsarabanjina, “white Sand Island”. Perfect spot for swimming in crystal clear waters. In the afternoon sail to Grande Mitsio and moor overnight.
Day 4: 2 ½ h sailing
Visit of Grande Mitsio, the only inhabited island of the archipelago and swimming. After lunch sail to Ankarea which is the highest point in the archipelago culminating at 283m.
On the west coast of this massive island, sparse endemic plants sit up like an army of guards, which is a contrast to the eastern part of the island that is extremely green. Back to Grande Mitsio for the night passing by the Cannes d’Orgues, very strange geological formation protruding out of the sea.
Day 5: 6 h sailing
Departure to Nosy Sakatia, a small Island of 6 km2 is a little paradise. Visiting this island you will discover wild vanilla, ylang ylang, pineapples and a primary forest that is still virgin. You may also spot the smallest chameleon in the world. Moor overnight at Nosy Sakatia.
Day 6: 3h sailing
Departure towards Russian Bay. This place will surprise you by the wealth of his wildlife and his flora. Unusual by his name that comes from the war between Russian and Japanese in 1907. The 2nd biggest bay in the world after Rio de Janeiro bay. Myriad of different songs originating animals of the mangrove will accompanies you during your night…
Day 7: 7 h sailing
Departure early in the morning. Nosy Iranja is composed from 2 heavenly island linked by a sand white accessible bench on foot to low tide. According to “îles magazine” this is one of the 10th most beautiful islands in the world. Crystal clear waters, lighthouse to visit and a bar for have a drink. After lunch course on Nosy Antanimora for the night.
Day 8: 5 h sailing
Nosy Antanimora that means in Malagasy « easy earth », again a dream destination for the dived or the lazing around on the sun baths. For the lunch course on Nosy Berafia is the biggest island of the archipelago. Its landscapes and its constructions have the perfume of the colonial years. An excursion to land will allow you to realize how was the life looking like during this period. Moor overnight at Nosy Antanimora.
Day 9: 4 h sailing
After 2 sailing hours you will reach Nosy Kalakajoro, very interesting for the snorkelling and its village where you can see how they still built the typical vessel of Malagasy the “Boutre”. Middle afternoon departure towards Baramahamay River and moor overnight.
Day 10: 6 h sailing
After the visit of the village and its school which counts 63 pupils, departure to Tanly Kely, a National Marine Park, the perfect spot to rest, sunbath, swim and snorkel during your last afternoon. Sail back to Crater in the afternoon and moor overnight.
Day 11: Disembarkation at 6:00 am