The spectacular island of Nosy Be in Madagascar can be translated as “Big Island”, and was named as such as it is the biggest island around Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, off the African coast. The island is characterised by its picturesque landscapes and diverse fauna and flora, while the underwater life is vibrant and colourful, making for an unforgettable tropical holiday. Nosy Be also bears a rich cultural heritage, and the friendly locals reinforce the fact that this is indeed a paradise island. The island is home to the magnificent Vanila Hotel and Spa.
The hotel offers 56 spacious rooms, including garden view rooms, ocean view rooms and prestige suites. Each hotel room is equipped for maximum comfort and is individually decorated and furnished with beautiful wood from Madagascar.
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A tour to discover all of the superb sites and natural treasures that Nosy Be can offer!
Day 01: Transfer airport- hotel
Day 02 : Inland Nosy Be Tour, east to west…
Discover the inside of Nosy Be. Among other highlights, you’ll visit the village of
Dzamandzar. In the center of Nosy Be, Hellville boasts nice colonial buildings and a nice local market.
A little outside Hellville, you’ll be able to enjoy the sight of the sacred Banyan tree amongs the many
perfumes of coffee, pepper, vanilla and Ylang Ylang along the way.
You’ll end the tour with a visit of Mont Passot, the highest site in Nosy Be, from which you’ll be able to
enjoy the sunset before going back to the hotel.
Day 03 : Nosy Komba and Tanikely islands
You will embark on a mini-cruise aboard a catamaran to enjoy the two isldans near Nosy be.
Nosy Komba, your first stop, is the second biggest island of the area behind Nosy Be. It’s a traditional
fishermen’s village with a handicraft market, where one can shop for sculptures and traditional table
clothes. Nosy Komba is also famous for its small Lemurs’ park.
Afterwards, you’ll get to Nosy Tanikely (literally, « little land island »), a marine reserve that shelters all
kinds of multi-colored fish, corals, anemones, and even sea turtles. Snorkelling (equipment provided)
in Nosy Tanikely is a truly unique experiene, as one feels as if inside a real lifesize aquarium. The
seafood pic-nic lunch will take place on the catamaran after the snorkelling session.
Included : Transfers, catamaran rental, seafood lunch, local guide, entrance fees, snorkelling equipment, towels,
overnight in double room double / half-board.
Day 04 : Lokobe Forest reserve
Lokobe is the last primary forest of Nosy Be, with numerous medicinal and endemic plants, as well as
its millenial trees. For those reasons, Lokobe attracts many scientists every year.
Beyond that, it also has a rich fauna : nocturnal and diurnal lemurs (Macaco and Lepilemurs), snakes,
chameleons, insects and tropical birds. You’ll be transferred by ca or minibus to the village of
Ambatozavavy ; from there you’ll embark on a traditional boat along the mangroves to access the
Day 05 : Sakatia Island
Barely touched by modernism, Nosy Sakatia is the most authentic island of Nosy Be and has since
become a protected site.
With your local guide, you’ll get to discover the inside of Nosy Sakatia during an a hour-and-a-half
long trek. The many riches of Sakatia include a superb diversity of tree species : « flamboyants »,
coffee, pepper pots, vanilla, mangoes, guava, raphia…
You’ll also be able to share the culture and traditional activities of the local villagers throughout our
You’ll end the tour on our private beach where you can either snorkel, try your hand at fishing or have
a relaxing massage.
Day 06 : Day at leisure
Day 07 : Nosy Iranja, the turtle island
Considered one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world, Nosy Iranja is one hour and a half from
Nosy Be by speed boat. The island is made up of two small islands (Small Iranja and Great Iranja)
connected by a a white sandbank that is visible at low tide. With its turquoise waters, the island has a
genuine paradise feel to it. It is home to sea turtles, who come there to lay egg, hence its nickname as
the turtle island.
Nosy Iranja has also a large share of seabirds : sterns, marine eagles…
You can also visit the Great Iranja island’s lighthouse and the Iranja village after your pic-nic lunch on
the beauch, under the shades of coconut trees.
Day 08 : Transfer hotel- airport