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

A major centre for scuba diving, the wonderful tropical climate, gleaming white palm-fringed beaches and colourful coral reefs all add to the experience. From Nosy Be you can visit nearby islands such as Nosy Vorona, the remote jems of Nosy Iranja and Nosy Tsarabajina, and Nosy Tanikely, a small marine reserve island with fabulous snorkelling. The volcanic island of Komba is a sanctuary for black lemurs, and there is also a pleasant nature trail at Lokobe Reserve 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 tropical gardens, or the sea. 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.