Dive the Best Sites of Madagascar From a Splendid Island!
Why we love it
Between Africa and the Indian Ocean, stay in an eco-resort that is part of National Geographic's "Unique Lodges of the World" shortlist. With its lush vegetation and paradisiacal beaches, the island is a jewel of Madagascar, and can only be discovered on foot or by canoe. Dive into an exceptional biodiversity with many species of sharks and rays, swim along whale sharks and humpback whales, and spot some magnificent macro life!
The eco-resort supports more than 300 people on the island, directly and indirectly, by providing jobs, buying locally, and supporting traditional construction projects in the village. The cleaning products used on site are biodegradable, and the eco-resort recycles and composts as much as possible.
Who is it for?
For divers wishing to discover an authentic Madagascar, far from mass tourism. The destination will also please non-divers thanks to the many activities possible on site: walks in the jungle, stand-up paddle, snorkelling, kayaking etc.
6 nights in a 90 m2 Lodge with ocean view, (price per person, based on double occupancy)
8 dives (possibility to do more - ask us)
4 great experiences:
"Cocktail Hour" in a private boat in the heart of the mangroves, the only forest with its roots in the water
Seafood dinner served on the terrace of your Lodge
massage with essential oils from Madagascar given on the terrace of your Lodge
charming canoe trip around the island of Nosy Komba and discovery of the local crafts of its village
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners served at L’Atelier des Saveurs restaurant
Room service breakfast included
Contribution to the Preservation of the Environment and the Local Community: €75 per adult
Round-trip transfers from / to Nosy Be airport (NOS): €160
What's not included?
Alcoholic drinks, bar expenses, à la carte or additional meals, room service other than for breakfast
Rental of diving equipment or diving lessons
From June to the end of September the humpback whales arrive for the mating season. You will be able to observe jumps, fin strikes, or even training out of the water!
Every year, between mid-October and mid-December, whale sharks migrate, and it is possible to observe them snorkelling. There are also more mantas, both species are attracted by the plankton in the water, also bringing lower underwater visibility.
The rich waters of the Mozambique Channel bring manta rays, mobula, eagle, and guitar rays; some hammerhead sharks (in December), and some leopard, grey and white tip sharks year-round. Finally, you'll get to see magnificent sailfish, and schools of marlins, tuna, and more!
All year round, dive with huge schools of fusiliers, surgeons, batfish, trevallies, barracudas, green and hawksbill turtles, wrasse, and humphead parrotfish to name a few.
The macro is beautiful too, with ghost and leaf fish, seahorses and more.
Season: you can dive from April to December. From January to mid-March, the north-west monsoon brings rain and storms
Currents: little or no currents on most sites
Visibility:15 to 40 m (50 to 131 ft). During whale sharks season, between October and December, visibility is on the lower side
Water Temperature: ranges 24° to 30°C (75° to 86°F)
Depth: shallow and deeper dives, especially on wrecks
You will dive on renowned sites of the Nosy Be region, such as Nosy Tani Kely, Shark Point, Manta Point, Roland Point, Abyss, the Arches.
It is possible to dive on different wrecks: a trawler - the Mitsio, an old freight barge - the Zaida, or a sailboat - the Kidu.
The sites of the south of Nosy Komba is a paradise for macro photographers.
In season, you might spot some humpback whales, whale sharks and bottlenose dolphins on the way to the dive sites
Operation created in 2006
Number of boats: 2
PADI, FFESSM and CMAS dive shop
Dive courses - ask us
Language spoken: English, French
Maximum number of people per dive guide: 6
Equipment Recommended: a 3mm to 5mm wetsuit, depending on the time of the year (seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere).
Insurance: both dive insurance and travel insurance are recommended. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote
Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: in Nosy Be
Visas, flights, and more!
How to get there
Fly to Nosy Be international airport (NOS).
Ask us for help to organize the taxi and boat transfers to Nosy Komba, south of Nosy Be!
Bring some reef-safe sunscreen, a hat and a rash guard to protect from the sun, and some mosquito repellent.