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 paradise 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 with whale sharks and humpback whales, and spot some magnificent macro life!
This eco-resort supports more than 300 people on the island, both directly and indirectly, by providing jobs, purchasing 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 paddleboarding, snorkeling, 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, humpback whales arrive for the mating season. You can observe jumps, fin strikes, or even training out of the water!
Every year, between mid-October and mid-December, whale sharks migrate, and you can observe them snorkelling. There are also more mantas, both species being attracted by the plankton in the water, which also brings 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 all year round. Additionally, you might see magnificent sailfish, and schools of marlins, tuna, and more!
All year round, you can 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, and the Arches.
It is possible to dive on different wrecks, including a trawler - the Mitsio, an old freight barge - the Zaida, and a sailboat - the Kidu.
The sites of the south of Nosy Komba are 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 and French
Maximum number of people per dive guide: six
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: located in Nosy Be
Visas, Flights, and More!
You must have a passport valid for at least six months, and at least two blank pages.
All nationalities must get an eVisa, at least 72 hours before departure.
Its costs MGA 115,000 (about ... EUR) for 30 days, and MGA 135,000 (about ... EUR) for 60 days.