Nosy Be & Islands

This ‘Perfumed Isle’ offers lovely sandy beaches and a lush interior alive with the smells of vanilla, ylang-ylang and coffee.


Nosy Be holidays & hotels

Nosy Be is the largest and best known of several beautiful, seductive islands off the north-west coast of Madagascar. This ‘Perfumed Isle’, as Nosy Be is known, offers lovely sandy beaches and a lush interior. Everywhere there is a pervading smell of vanilla, ylang-ylang and coffee. Many people end their Madagascar safari with a Nosy Be holiday enjoying a few days of beach. The climate is excellent with warm temperatures throughout the year. (January to March tend to be humid with a small risk of cyclonic storms.)

Though one of the more developed parts of Madagascar for tourism, this is a relative concept. It remains a friendly laid back place. The north of the island is wilder and more secluded with some of the best beaches. However some of the southern beaches are also attractive and close to local villages for a choice of restaurants and locally made crafts.

The shallow beaches of Nosy Be are not ideal for serious swimming or snorkelling as the water stays shallow far out to sea. Snorkelling and diving excursions can be made to smaller islands with wonderful coral life such as Nosy Tanikely and Nosy Sakatia. – see below.

The Nosy Be hotels vary from mid-sized resort hotels in the more popular southern-west part of the island, with its wide stretches of beach, to some remote beach lodges in the north and east of the island.

Excursions in and from Nosy Be

  • Day visit to Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely
  • Visit Lokobe reserve by pirogue.
  • Swim in a sacred pool with a wonderful waterfall
  • Drive to Mount Passot for a panoramic view of the island
  • Learn to dive in the warm water of Nosy Be

Diving from Nosy Be

Though there is not much diving directly off the main island of Nosy Be, the surrounding small islands such as Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Sakatia and Nosy Mitsio offer warm, translucent waters brimming with dramatic corals and colourful reef fish. In short they’re a diving paradise.

Visibility around Nosy Be varies enormously according to the tides and the weather but is usually around 20-30 metres. October to December is probably the best time for diving, with April and May also excellent. Try to avoid the rainy season which is generally January until March. See Nosy Be diving for more info…

Northern Islands off Nosy Be

As well as Nosy Be, there are several smaller islands with sandy beaches, forested interiors, some with a rich coral life such as Nosy Komba, Nosy Tsarabanjina or Nosy Sakati. Here you experience tropical island living at its best, superb diving opportunities and unspoilt natural beauty…

Check out the luxury boutque hotels of Constance Tsarabanjina or Tsara Komba