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Nosy Be

Practical information on Nosy Be

  • Family
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  • Beach / Seaside Resort
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  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A 3-hour boat ride from Nosy Mamoko
When to go
From April to November

Reviews of Nosy Be

Julie Sabatier Seasoned Traveller
73 written opinions

Fragrances of ylang ylang, sugarcane and spices... This is where Nosy Be, the scented island, gets its name. Located in the Mozambique Channel, northwest of Madagascar, Nosy Be reveals the Malagasy charms of island life... Idyllic beaches, volcanic lakes and gorgeous sunsets will be your daily life!

My suggestion:
If you go there in May, you can enjoy "Donia", the island's annual festival. A plethora of Malagasy and other Indian Ocean island artists put on quite a show.
My review

But locally, there is more to discover than just the beaches... 20 minutes by boat from Hell-Ville (the capital of Nosy Be), you can explore the Lokobe peninsula. Its northern part is an "integrated nature reserve" that will soon be available to the public. The southern part offers 2-3 hour tours to discover the primary forest. For couples, why not take a horseback ride with Ambaro Ranch. Here's your chance to go places that cannot be accessed by motorised vehicles! Finally, just 30 minutes from Hell-Ville is Mont Passot and its breathtaking panoramic view of the island. Before you reach the top, you can admire something rare: a teakwood forest.

Nosy Be is also home to one of the most famous rums in the world: Dzama rum, very aromatic because the sugarcane roots intermingle with the nearby ylang ylang and clove roots...

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