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You are planning your trip to Nosy Be and of course you want to know more. You have just visited some local guides, Tripadvisor, little smart, backpacker and I guess you are a little lost on "what to expect?" This is the primary reason for this site because during my first stay in Nosy Be in 2010, I was totally wrong about what I was going to discover.

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Activities in Nosy Be

Some activities

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The first dive, the one from which you will go out with the eyes that sparkle following the meeting of the marine fauna and will make you a regular diver!
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The whale shark comes to feed in the waters of Nosy Be between the months of October and December. Totally harmless, he's waiting for you ...
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The day activities are good, but Iranja is a postcard, enjoy an evening on a paradise island in "private" mode 😉

Off the northwestern coast of Madagascar, Nosy Be is bathed by the Mozambique Channel. Here is a selection of excursions to make imperatively during a stay on the Ile aux Parfums.

Hell-Ville

Start your guided tour of Nosy Be with a visit to Hell-Ville, the capital. You will discover here a charming port city studded with colonial houses. Strolling along the promenade along the harbor, you will appreciate the softness of the sea breeze.

Ylang-Ylang Distillery
The Ylang-Ylang Ampasimenabe Distillery is an interesting stop in Nosy Be. This is where the essential oils of Ylang-Ylang were extracted in huge copper vats.

Djamandzar's rum
A stop at the old sugar cane factory of Djamandzar will reveal you a piece of the history of Nosy Be and will take you back several decades.

Lokobe Reserve
The Lokobe reserve is an unmissable stop for all nature lovers. Spread over 740 hectares, this setting is home to endemic specimens such as Macao makis and crested Martin. Four varieties of lemurs have taken up residence in this sanctuary.

Mount Passot

Culminating at 329 meters, Mount Passot is home to a magnificent waterfall and a natural pool surrounded by lush vegetation.

Nosy Komba

Twenty minutes from Nosy Be by canoe, Nosy Komba has a diameter of 8 kilometers. The traditional village of Ampagorina is one of the tourist attractions of the island. This is where you will discover the most beautiful embroidery of Nosy Be.

The sacred tree
Nestled in the heart of a small forest in the village of Mahatsinjo, the sacred tree is a huge banyan tree that spreads over an area of 5000 m². Twice centennial, this tree is a high place of worship for the sakalava tribes.

Nosy Tanikely
Home to a lighthouse built in 1908, Nosy Tanikely is known for its marine sanctuary and beautiful coral screens. A place of scuba diving off Nosy Be, it also seduces with its beautiful immaculate sand ribbons.

Nosy Sakatia
Five minutes by boat or canoe, Sakatia Island seduces nature lovers with its biodiversity. Many varieties of orchids and chameleons are found on the island.

Nosy Iranja
Home to a large steel lighthouse erected by Gusta Eiffel, Nosy Ranja amazes you with its pristine sand tongues set with turquoise water.

The Mitsio Islands
About an hour and a half by boat from Nosy Be, the archipelago of the Mitsio Islands is the Mecca of divers and nature lovers staying on the Island of Perfumes.

Some hotels

Home The residence - Nosy Be - Madagascar

The most luxurious villas of Nosy Be
home The Residence, price side we go upmarket, but it is without comparison possible the most beautiful villas of the island!
Starting from 177 €

Ambondrona - Nosy Be - Madagascar

Beachfront & sea views
Ideal for anyone who wants to be close to everything, enjoy the services of a hotel ** while avoiding the crowds of certain areas of the island. With as a bonus the edge of the beach
Starting from 50 €

Hotel Ylang - Ambondrona - Nosy Be - Madagascar

A friendly atmosphere for a successful stay
A good plan guest house is the atmosphere that prevails in my opinion. So Ylang is one of the atmospheres that I enjoyed in Nosy Be.
Starting at 38 €

The restaurants in Nosy Be

Some restaurants

As its name suggests, the Tropikaly Beach restaurant at Home the Residence exudes conviviality in a tropical atmosphere.
Run by a young team: Mat and Elina, the restaurant adjoins the Baleine Rand'eau center in a friendly atmosphere in "puff" sea view. You can find Tapas, Sandwich, Cheesburger, Cookies, Muffins and other gourmet assortments of the house.
You will be offered traditional Malagasy (romazava, ena ritsi etc ...) and European cuisine elaborated with the products ...

Cruises in Nosy Be

Some articles about Nosy Be

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Idea of gifts to bring back for Christmas!

You have planned to spend the end of year holidays in Nosy Be, the question of "that bring back" this break naturally! Below are some gift ideas to offer.

Somaroho, the Salegy Festival
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Somaroho, the Salegy Festival

Sômarôho is today a must-see festival in Madagascar. The deep meaning of his name means "to live life in all

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Dzama rum from Nosy Be

You already know that rum is produced with sugar cane, a plant native to the Caribbean.
Originally craft product, over time the manufacture has improved and rum has become today the third most consumed spirits in the world.

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Madagascar chocolate

Did you know that Madagascar chocolate is known internationally? Indeed, this one is exported abroad because

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Or eat at Christmas and / or New Year in Nosy Be?

If you have the chance to spend Christmas in Nosy Be, where to spend Christmas Eve is a question you probably have to ask yourself! An important choice, below are some good restaurants where to celebrate Christmas and / or New Year's Day.

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Maki Run, a run in Nosy Komba

The MAKI RUN, a race - hiking organized every year in Nosy Komba, for this year 2018 it will take place this month this 23 June

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Top 9 Activities in Nosy Be

If you think there is only beach and coconut trees in Nosy Be, think again! It's amazing like a

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Clichés have a hard time in Nosy Be!

Whether on the backpacker or simply in Facebook comments, I read punctually negative feedback on Nosy Be for points that make me bristle hair. Stop missing your vacation for details!

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Some ideas for a family trip to Nosy Be

Go on a family vacation, simple for some places, less for others. If Nosy Be was limited family side a few years ago, this is no longer the case!

View from mont passot to nosy be
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What is the weather like Nosy Be?

If you plan to go on a trip to Nosy Be in the days / months to come, the weather forecast on site you no doubt interested.

Nosy Be Videos

With 358,000 videos published on Nosy Be, it's hard to see everything! I propose you here a selection of the most beautiful videos that I could find.

Safari whale in Nosy Be
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What to do in September in Nosy Be?

September is undoubtedly the most interesting month and yet can be visited, this makes it the best time to come and enjoy the island 😉

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The cheapest hotels in Nosy Be!

Nosy Be, Madagascar's first tourist destination has a reputation for being expensive. I agree that Nosy Be is not the most financially accessible island, but looking for one can find accessible accommodations.

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The garden of the senses

A nice little store located on the main road of Hell City near the BFV-SG in front of the Oasis, which I discovered lately.

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The unknown offers of Air Madagascar

to Nosy Be - Madagascar is back quickly overpriced, however there are some tips that can be communicated. We will see here those of Air Madagascar.

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A LUXURY stay in Nosy Be, who to choose?

Beautiful establishments, you have them. What I call LUXE is the mixed quality of product with the quality of service, which is rare in Madagascar in general! I invite you to discover the best of each area for an unforgettable stay.

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Nosy Be cheap, it's possible!

Cheap airfare, expensive activities, expensive excursions, expensive accommodation, ... Everything is expensive in Nosy Be! some solutions here

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The spices of Madagascar

Madagascar is known for its biodiversity as well as its endemic endemic fauna, but another point is less known: Madagascar offers an ideal environment for the development of spices, a point that sambavaepices has sublimated.

Nosy Be, an over-touristy island?
Nosy Be may be communicated as the tourist flag of Madagascar, attendance figures remain ridiculous. With an arrival of barely 60 000 tourists / year (pour comparer, 81 000 000 /an en France), Nosy Be (« la grande île » en malagasy) est encore loin du tourisme de masse,Nosy Be est une petite île où il fait bon vivre, les plages sont pour vous, vous êtes certains de pouvoir prendre en photo durant vos vacances à Nosy Be la plage entièrement déserte sans aucune trance de pats le matin ! A conditions bien sur de ne pas rester sur Ambatoloaka - Madarokely 😊
Nosy Be, an island or an archipelago of islands?
The most famous side of Nosy Be is undoubtedly its archipelago! With more than 10 islands, you will fall in love. Note that some islands are not accessible in one day, to enjoy it is to consider either a bivouac or a cruise, whether it is a catamaran or more traditionally Malagasy dhow.
What is the climate like in Nosy Be?
340 jours de soleil par an, et quand il pleut souvent la nuit, ainsi un climat idéal. La saison des pluies en Janvier & Février, avec en plus la saison cyclonique, c'est la période ou les opérateurs prennent leurs vacances. Pour plus d'infos sur le climat & les meilleurs saisons à venir, je vous invite à lire l'article en relation : What is the weather like for Nosy Be?
  • High season: July to December, better book your hotel
  • Low season: March to June
  • Saison des baleines à bosses : Juillet & aout
  • Septembre : Les baleines sont encore la, les requins baleines arrivent et les grandes vacances sont terminée :)
What activities to do in Nosy Be?
Do not think that Nosy Be has only beaches to offer, the interior of the island offers magnificent panoramas to who takes the time to discover them. Whether on footpaths Mont Passot, bicycles in the vicinity of Hell-city, in Quad at the Cascade of Nosy Be, tour the island in 4 × 4, visit the islands by boat without forgetting diving, fishing, whale safari and many others
Nosy Be, Trop dangereux ?
Vous rêvez de venir à Madagascar et/ou Nosy Be, de découvrir ce pays hors du temps, loin des lieux touristiques “standards” et du tourisme de masse. Vous avez envie de vous perdre dans les villages reculés, rencontrer les habitants, vivre dans les cases en Falapha fait à partir de l’arbre du voyageur, mais avec tout ce qui ce dit sur Madagascar, sortir des sentiers battus vous fait peur ? Cette article est fait pour vous, là non pour vous rassurer mais pour vous éclairer.
What are the best hotels in Nosy Be?
Difficult question. I give my opinion according to the categories:
Do you know the story of Nosy be?
C’est vers le 9ème siècle que les navigateurs arabes qui visitent épisodiquement l’île nommèrent Nosy be « Assada » ou « Sada », les Malgaches la nommait alors « Vario Be ».Il fut interdit « fady » à la mort de la Reine Ambary 2 et devint « Nosse-Be » ou « Nos-Be ». Divers souverains vont se succèder sur l’île.Vers 900 les arabes qui abordent les côtes nord-ouest de Madagascar se ravitaillent à Nosy Be et y créent un comptoir à Mahilaka. Ils fortifient alors la ville avec un mur d’enceinte de 4 mètres de haut et 2 km sur 1 km de coté. En 1100 les arabes créent un comptoir à Ambanaro.En 1200 Mahilaka devient la plus grande ville de Madagascar.En 1400 les indiens viennent se fixer à Ambanoro suite au déclin de Mahilaka.Occupée par les Français dès 1841 intéressés par sa belle rade – soit 55 ans avant le reste de Madagascar -, puis rapidement colonisée, Nosy Be est devenue, au xixe siècle, un comptoir commercial important de la côte ouest de Madagascar.C’est en 1842 que les Français la baptisèrent par décret « Nossi-Bé » la grande île ou « la perle de l’océan indien ».À partir des années 1850, les cultures vivrières et les plantations de rente s’y développent, entreprises de colons réunionnais, mauriciens et français. L’île fait partie avec l’Île Sainte-Marie de Madagascar du gouvernement de Mayotte et compte 15 000 habitants vers 1865.Elle est rattachée à Madagascar à la fin du siècle. Ainsi, la petite île devient une colonie agricole, recouverte de champs de cannes, d’indigo, de café, mais aussi de sésame, de riz, de maïs, de patates et de manioc.Elle récolte les fleurs d’ylang-ylang à partir des années 1920. C’est de cette activité que lui vient le surnom d’île aux parfums.
Nosy Be population
Les habitants de Nosy Be sont issus du peuple sakalava (Madagascar est peuplé par 18 ethnies), ils ont ainsi leur propre histoire & culture, leur musique, danse et maquillage propre à leur île qu’es Nosy-be.Dans la culture du peuple sakalava et Antakarana, les tabous et interdits (fady) prennent une grande place dans la vie quotidienne. Le culte des ancêtres, la croyance du pouvoir des ancêtres défunts, est omniprésente.Jadis, la simplicité se voit sur la tenue vestimentaire portée par les hommes et les femmes. Le port du kitamby, un pagne enroulé sur la hanche, la tenue traditionnelle de l’époque est révolue, le temps ayant porté un changement radical dans les manières de s’habiller pour les hommes. Cependant, du côte des femmes, le kisaly a pu garder sa place.Depuis l’époque de la colonisation, le christianisme et l’Islam sont arrivées ce qui a engendré un brassage culturel et religieux visible à travers les habitudes et la vie de tout les jours. Ces nouvelles religions cohabitent pacifiquement avec la tradition locale.
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2-its almost perfect climate all year round in nosy be
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3- Nosy Be tourist island, but not too much
Nosybe Cruise with Sesame
Nosybe Cruise with Sesame
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Diving in Nosy Be
Diving in Nosy Be
2-its almost perfect climate all year round in nosy be
1-beach-idyllic-nosy-be
3- Nosy Be tourist island, but not too much
Nosybe Cruise with Sesame
Nosybe Cruise with Sesame
sunset cruise nosy be
Diving in Nosy Be
Diving in Nosy Be
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