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Located off the northwest coast of Madagascar, the reefs of the Mitsio archipelago offer a wealth of marine life including turtles, rays, dolphins and a myriad of colourful fish.

This archipelago of 11 small islands is situated over 50 kilometres northeast of Nosy Be and Nosy Mitsio is only accessible by boat. There are important seabird colonies here, with large numbers of nesting frigatebirds, tropicbirds and brown boobies found across the archipelago.

Nosy Mitsio is the only inhabited island of the group and, due to its distance from the mainland of Madagascar, the islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters, palm trees and white sandy beaches. The waters are so clear that snorkelling excursions can provide some excellent encounters and sightings of various marine creatures. Nosy Mitsio is a place to get away from civilisation – there is little or no phone signal here and there are no televisions. The only sound on Nosy Mitsio is often just the waves lapping on the beaches.  

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: northern gannet, white-tailed tropicbird, manta ray, green turtle, bottlenose dolphin
  • Where: Diana Region, Madagascar