Nosy Be Madagascar is a place like no other. Separated from the continent of Africa for some 160 millions years, most of its fauna and flora are unique. So is marine life. Some of the best dive sites on Madagascar are around the Nosy Be Archipelago, off the north-west coast.
There are prime dive sites as close to Nosy Be as the Nosy Tanikely marine reserve. With the liveaboard catamarans you can visit places like the Mitsio Islands to the north and the Radama Islands to the south.
Nosy Be is an island 30 km by 20 km lying 600 km north of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.
The main points of interest are Mont Passot, the silver falls, the indian village, Dzamandzar where rum has been distilled since 1900, pirogue trips and walks to discover the wild life of the island. Deserted beaches, unexplored reefs and little virgin islands form the attraction of Nosy Be and the archipelago which surrounds it.
The rocky or coral reefs offer a wide variety of dives along drop-offs, in caves, or over the coral heads found in shallower water.
All types of coral reef fish can be found in less than 30 meters of water: surgeon fish, groupers, parrot fish, unicorn fish and also barracuda, king fish, tazar, yellow tuna, sharks, eagle-rays, stingrays, manta rays, whale-sharks, whales. Both easy and spectacular dives are available in these rich waters, as yet unfrequented by divers.
More than 80 diving spots around Nosy Be are approached by diving boats.
You can expect a majestic coral formations, a stunning display of colors and a splendid variety of species living in this underwater paradise.
From the mysterious dragon fish to the coral black, calm as the surrounding underwater, all these creatures that let you go into their own home, without fear to defend themselves, as they are still little accustomed to witness scuba divers.
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