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Nosy Be is the largest island in an extensive archipelago, which lies off the northwest coast of Madagascar and is developing a reputation as one of the world’s top island paradise locations

A wonderful tropical climate, gleaming white palm-fringed beaches and colourful coral reefs all add to its ’experience’. From Nosy Be you can visit nearby islands such as Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Vorona, Nosy Iranja and Nosy Tsarabajina. The area is also a major centre for deep-sea fishing and scuba diving.

Tanikely is a small marine reserve island with fabulous snorkelling; Komba is a sanctuary for black lemurs, and Iranja and Tsarabajina are remote jewels for the discerning traveller. There is also the Lokobe Reserve nature trail, on southeast Nosy Be. The islands can be visited all year except during February and March, when the rains are at their peak.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black lemur, boa constrictor, panther chameleon, Madagascar paradise flycatcher, Madagascar fish eagle
  • Where: Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Vanila Hotel

The Vanila Hotel offers the comforts of a three star hotel in the heart of the tropics, with magnificent views of the sea, or their tropical gardens. Each bedroom opens onto a terrace, and a refreshing swimming pool overlooks the sea, as do the restaurant and the bar. Right next door is a dive centre.