Madagascar (Nosy Be)

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Tucked away in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar lures the intrepid sailors with the promise of undiscovered treasures. This enchanting island situated off the SE coast of Africa boasts a coastline that stretches for over 5,000km.

The island of Nosy Be, known as the ‘Perfume Island’, offers a range of secure mooring options and picturesque anchorage spots for sailors. Nosy Sakatia is a short sail from Nosy Be and provides a relaxed anchorage.

Weather & Climate

The austral summer, extending from November to April, is the best time of year for sailing, with gentle breezes and warm temperatures.

History & Places of Interest

Explore the pirate history of Ile Sainte-Marie, where legendary buccaneers once roamed. Discover the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, a UNESCO- listed site, rich in history and culture. Admire the iconic Avenue of the Baobabs, that lines the country’s western coast, and cross the bridge over the Tsingy de Bemaraha, an otherworldly site with limestone formations that seem to defy gravity.

Beaches

Andilana Beach on the NW coast of Nosy Be is a beautiful stretch of scenic beauty, ideal for watersports and dining. Just a short sail from Nosy Be, Madirokely Beach is another popular destination for snorkeling and diving, with a lively atmosphere, beachfront bars, and live music. The nearby Sakatia Island boasts several serene beaches with lush vegetation and beautiful scenery for snorkeling and kayaking. Tanikely Island, also known as the ‘Turtle Island’ is an excellent turtle spotting site, adorned with underwater coral gardens and panoramic vistas ashore. A bit further from Nosy Be, the two islands of Nosy Iranja connected by a sandbank are an excellent spot for whale watching and one of the most beautiful beaches to set sails to. Last but not least, Ankarana Beach, is a remote and unspoiled destination offering a quiet escape.

Activities

Madagascar is renowned for humpback whale migrations. Witness these majestic creatures off the coast of Nosy Be. Venture inland for safaris to explore Madagascar’s unique wildlife or dive to explore the underwater ecosystem of coral gardens and amazing marine life. Taste Malagasy cuisine at the beachfront restaurants of Andilana Beach.