The Madagascar Scuba Diving Tour Overview
An 8-Day scuba diving package to the island of Sakatia in Madagascar.
- Scuba Diving
- Sakatia Island
- Sea Kayaking (optional)
Included in the price: Seven nights accommodation in a Nature or Ocean Bungalow at Sakatia Lodge, on a Half Board basis (breakfasts & dinners included), return airport transfers in Nosy Be, 10 Dives with weights & tank hire OR Full equipment hire
Not included in the price: International and domestic flights, airport taxes, all optional excursions, all personal expenses, travel and medical insurance, tips, laundry, all drinks, visas, snorkelling and fishing equipment, lunches and any other meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Day 1, Arrive Nosy Be - Madagascar
On arrival at Nosy Be airport, you will be met & transferred by car (45 minutes) and boat (10 minutes) to the island of Sakatia. Enjoy your first tropical dinner on the island and spend your evening listening to the calls of the exotic bush.
Days 2 – 7: Sakatia Lodge - Nosy Be
Ten dives have been included in your package, allowing for two dives per day. Your non-diving hours will be spent at your leisure, enjoying the island, taking walks, snorkelling, and taking additional excursions from the lodge if you wish.
Day 8: Nosy Be – Antananarivo – Home destination
After breakfast, you will be transferred from Sakatia Lodge to Nosy Be airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where you will connect to your flight departing for your home destination.
16 km away from the northwestern coast of Madagascar lies the magnificent 323 km² islands called Nosy Be. It is here where one can still discover a little paradise, which has been spared of mass-tourism. Climb on Mount Lokone (452m) or Mount Passot (353m), and you will be able to see Nosy Be in all its beauty: its jagged coasts, the numerous bays and lovely coves, the deserted beaches and the crystal clear water.
Furthermore, visitors should experience the fantastic underwater world of Nosy Be which offers excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities. A day trip to the nearby islands, for example, Nosy Komba where you can watch the 5,010 black lemurs that roam this isle and eat delicious fruits from wild growing lemon, orange, bananas, papayas and mango trees.
Sakatia Island offers its visitors the unspoiled tropical fauna and flora typical of this area. At only 6.5 km long and 2 km wide at its widest point, it has a population of 310 people, with no roads and only footpaths, where one can wander at leisure and explore its beauty and deserted beaches. This unique and beautiful island is fringed by a spectacular coral reef to be enjoyed by snorkeler or scuba diver alike.
Accommodation in the Sakatia Lodge, Madagascar
Situated at the foot of the Sacred Mountain and Nature Reserve is Sakatia Lodge. The Nature Bungalows are basic but comfortable with single or double beds, en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water shower, toilet, fan and a small veranda. The Ocean view bungalows offer single or double beds, terrace, sea view, bathroom with hot and cold water showers, separate toilet, fan and sleeper couch. The lodge has a stunning lounge/bar area & a restaurant overlooking the ocean and fringed by the sacred forest of Sakatia.
The Sakatia Lodge in Madagascar has a dive centre and organises other activities such as Quad Biking, Deep Sea Fishing, Micro Light, Canoeing, Trekking and exploring other Islands within its vicinity.
The Dive Centre is NAUI approved, affiliated to DAN SA and offers Scuba diving and NAUI diving courses, from “discover snorkelling to Instructor as well as speciality courses, NITROX, Night Diving, Environmental Diving, Search and Recovery, ASHI first aid and CPR.
Nosy-Be is the most popular island in Madagascar. On its north, there is the Archipelago of the Mitsio and to its south the Archipelago of the Radama. In its immediate surroundings: Nosy Sakatia, Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Iranja and Nosy Fahinihi, offer excellent diving.
Also known as “The perfume” Island, Nosy Be offers a large variety of local marine life: soft and hard corals, turtles, mantas, whale sharks, barracuda, etc. Typically, the best season for diving is from May to January, with an additional preference for September to November as whale-sharks are more likely to be encountered during that period.
Scuba diving equipment:
Sakatia Lodge has a comprehensive selection of well-maintained diving equipment. Should you wish to bring your equipment, please note the weight allowance of 20kg for flights to Nosy Be. Please note: Scuba diving equipment is not always available in the full range of sizes and makes, so bringing your dive gear can be a sensible precaution. There are no Hyperbaric (decompression) chambers in Madagascar, so it’s best to be extra-careful when tackling challenging spots.