Bottle diving in Nosy Be, more than 20 spots for all levels

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Nosy Be is considered one of the most beautiful diving destinations in the Indian Ocean, where "big" and "small" rub shoulders in abundance. Unless you are an experienced diver who has made the 10 most beautiful spots in the world accessible only in specific cruises, the spots of Nosy Be will seduce you 😊

Diving in Nosy be, is it worth it?

Nosy Be is 345 days of good weather per year, and even when it's raining, it's at night, so diving is possible all year round with pleasant visibility up to 40m on the quieter spots. Wild side, barracudas, thazards, rays Eagles, fish trunk, fish flutes, trevallies, manta rays, groupers, groupers, scorpion fish and all a fauna full of color, enough to amaze everyone according to their level with dives ranging from 4 to 40m 😊

A baptism is possible?

Diving in nosy be

In fine weather, warm water, lush wildlife, good visibility & the most seasonal seen above, all the ingredients are together for an unforgettable memory 😍 As much as possible, Nosy Be is the ideal place to make your baptism or that of your children !

The question that breaks is: Are the clubs in Nosy Be qualified to take us safely underwater?

If they have the training, yes. It takes a level 3 / divemaster for this. All club instructors from Nosy Be have this level. As an instructor, I can say that this level is sometimes easily given ... To be reassured, I advise you to turn to clubs with instructors / dive instructors. Nosy Be counts the only PADI 5-star club from Madagascar, no worries to do with them. A question ? Call directly +261 (0) 34 80 562 27

Can you do dive training in Nosy Be?

  • Before talking about training, let's talk about Federations. Indeed, there is not a single school. To summarize :
  • PADI: Recognized internationally except in France (long live France!)
  • CMAS: Federation French, recognized only by the French. By cons you can dive anywhere in the world, just you can not be paid

Yes but the pay does not interest everyone, so what to choose?

  1. The CMAS comes from the French army system at the start. So very rigorous, not the funniest when you want to practice it in leisure mode. On the other hand you will learn how to make Trimix to go more than 80m.
  2. PADI wants to give access to diving for everyone. I myself, an instructor, can only direct you to this accessible system that allows you to dive up to 40m

What are the possible formations?

I will speak only of PADI which opens to me more door. you have in all 5 levels:

  1. Scuba Diver : In order not to always have a baptism, the Scuba Diver allows you to do framed diving up to 12m. Training requiring 5 dives & 3 theoretical courses, ie 3-4 days
  2. Open Water : The Open Water learns all the basics to dive with confidence, I did it in 1 day already having experience. A person with no experience, count in 4 and 7 days. so possible to do during your holidays!
  3. Advenced: The advenced is between 3 and 5 days. It is only dives, almost by course.The principle being to discover the different types of diving (deep / wreck / night / photo / discovery / etc
  4. Rescue : We learn not to take care of ourselves but people around, especially his partner because diving is always 2. In practice? It's learning to recognize shortness of breath, narcosis, prevent problems and of course react to problems. The Rescue happens in 4-6 days. Included in one EFR day is first aid on land.
  5. divemaster : The Divemaster (to compare to level 4 French) it passes in about 1 month, can last 6 months depending on the center, in 3 months with the Blue Vision Adventure Center. This is the 1st professional level because a Divemaster can take - guide palanquées. It is learning not to manage yourself or even a couple but 4-5 people.
  6. OWSIE : Concretely, only 4 real dives for this training. Most of the time it's spent in class studying. Why ? Simply because we know '' everything '' once in the water now being already Divemaster. What's left to learn? PADI pedagogy, how to teach and a deeper knowledge of the rules / theorems in order to explain them to our students because as OSWI you can train Open Water / Advenced / Rescue / EFR and make baptisms which is not so obvious. The OSWI can also last between 1 and 6 months depending on the centers

What budget for a dive?

Diving in nosy be

The price for a dive:

  • 40 € for a "normal" dive with equipment included. If you do several dives (2-6-10), some clubs offer a sliding scale.
  • 60 € for a baptism

For trainings, I invite you to contact the club directly to discuss, different formulas exist

What are the dive sites in Nosy Be?

Nosy Tanikely National Marine Park

Nosy Tanikely is a protected park (fishing prohibited and guarded), an entry price of 10,000 ar (4 €) is requested. A superb site for all levels, from baptism to photographer. Visibility in general good., The beach starts at 1m deep to go on average to 6m until falling to 18m. Beautiful dives, beautiful coral, lots of fish, some dolphins, big groupers on the falling part and a lot of turtles. Also big snappers, trevallies, guitar strings, barracudas. With luck, dolphins and leopard sharks

Lutjans benches

Site a little far, visibility may be average, but it is still a beautiful site stuffed with fish, beautiful coral found only in this corner of a variety and incredible density, sponges and soft coral disproportionate site very colored. The problem is that there are so many fish in some places that it is difficult to observe the coral.


Departure directly from the boat to discover the wreck (between 25 and 30m). Site with 4 shipwrecks of small and medium size, covered with corals, and inhabited by thousands of fish: large groupers, groupers, large stingrays, guitar strings, school of jacks, barracudas, batfish ... Visibility can be average but if we like the wrecks and especially the schools of fish it is a very beautiful dive.


Superb site in the 15 - 20m. Not the most beautiful visibility but to obligatorily if you come to dive in Nosy Be! You will find a field with hundreds of huge gorgonians, huge turtles, sometimes seahorses or antelaries, lots of crocodile fish and small sting rays spotted blue dots. We walk among these hundreds of huge gorgonians in a strange and unusual atmosphere, stunning landscapes giving the impression of having been painted by an artist. From Impressionism ...

Shark point

Flying located off Nosy Be from 18 to 50m, often good visibility, correct coral but the interest of this dive is the pelagic and the reef sharks: whale shark, humpback whales often seen from the boat between the 2 dives, black tail sharks, gray sharks, white tip reef sharks, sometimes hammerhead sharks, manta rays, mobula.

Manta Point

Diving place with a depth of 25 to 28m. Sanded bottom with coral potatoes. This dive spot is a cleaning station for Mantas rays. This dive is suitable for the first level with little experience.

Gaby Rocks

Deep falling between 40 and 70 m for confirmed diver N2 to see N3, possibility of big pelagic, possibility to make the site on the plateau for levels 1 (15-20 m), coral destroyed but very very regularly sharks: white tip of reef and leopard.

Other dive sites

several drop offs, 20 M - 80 M, with often better visibility than Nosy Be, pelagic frequently met! highly recommended during whale or whale shark periods. Other interest: allows to visit the island of Nosy Iranja, the postcard of Nosy Be

With whom to dive?

With more than 20 dive clubs, I do not pretend to have all tested, however, I searched for those offering the best level of training / maintenance of equipment & good atmosphere 😊 

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