NOSY BE - LIVEABOARDS
The late Jacques Cousteau described these waters as the world's most
beautiful diving resort. The underwater panorama which opens before your
eyes will truly leave you breathless... which is an unfortunate cliché to use,
seeing as you'll be scuba diving or snorkelling at the time!
The reef dives range from shallow dives to wall dives. The coral is in pristine condition, as they
can only be reached by yacht or large vessels, and so large that many sights have yet to be
Madagascar has recently started to attract the interest of diving, fishing and island hopping tours.
The most popular and beautiful group of islands in the Malagasy republic lie in the Northern tip of
the country, namely Nosy Be, which have which have varying attractions and beauty. The islands
offer fantastic diving where the fish life, coral and snow white beaches are in pristine condition
and relatively untouched.
The sea is warm all year round, with a temperature of 27°
C in the middle of winter.
Dive to your heart's content among pristine coral reefs, a
multitude of reef fish and their larger blue-water brethren.
Madagascar is also a fisherman's paradise. The fishing is
extremely good, even for the novice who has never been
deep-sea fishing before.
Madagascar is only a three-hour flight from
Johannesburg; you arrive fresh and ready for your unique
SO COME ON, GET DOWN TO MADAGASCAR NOW!
LAND BASED RESORT
NOSY BE: Nosy Be's tropical climate and classical Indian Ocean holiday island appeal make it
Madagascar's leading sea, sun and sand destination. To make the most of your time here be sure
to visit some of the surrounding islands.
NOSE SAKATIA the 'Orchid Island' is remarkable, perhaps more for it's grove of Baobabs than
it's orchids, trails and reefs. Your hotel/dive centre can arrange boat trips to all these places. On
Nosy Be itself the highlight is actually Lokobe forest reserve, a coastal nature trail that makes for
a great day excursion. You can row or take a motorised pirogue
to Lokobe and will be treated to a fabulous traditional lunch
including lots of seafood.
NOSY TANIKELY is a marine reserve around which the reefs
offer astounding snorkelling and diving opportunities.
NOSY KOMBA is an unofficial sanctuary for a thriving population
of endangered Black Lemurs. here you'll get that 'Lemur on the shoulder' experience. Komba also
has a lovely sunny beach. While the day trip combining these two islands is the most popular
excursion available in Madagascar, many people actually return to Tanikely for more snorkelling
Enjoy a fully inclusive 7 night break on Sakatia Island as you explore this tropical paradise.
Situated near Nosy Be off the North Western coast of Madagascar, Sakatia is a true breakaway
with no roads or motor vehicles.
Departing on Thursdays from Johannesburg, Air Madagascar flies you directly to the capital city
of Antananarivo ( flight time – approx. 3½ hours ) where you overnight at the 3 star Radama Hotel
in the heart of the city. Enjoy typical Malagash cuisine in the Restaurant Tatao.
The following morning transfer to the airport for your connection to tropical Nosy Be. Staff from
Sakatia Dive Inn will meet you on arrival and transfer you by car and then by boat to Sakatia
Spend 7 nights soaking it up at Sakatia. Diving, snorkelling,
fishing are available at the lodge. Island tours of Nosy Be can
be arranged. Visit the local rum factory. Climb Mont Pasot.
Cycle around the island. Visit the markets. Or just plain
Your return trip again includes a night in Tana on the
following Friday night and your international connection
departs on Saturday giving you a 10 day package.
10 Day Package: R 7595 - Bungalows; R 7250 - Huts
7 Day Package: R 6795 - Bungalows; R 6450 - Huts
All above prices are per person sharing.
Single Supplement – R 950
7 Day Packages departing and returning on Saturdays are also available.
Departs Jnb – Tana every Saturday - 16:15 Arrive 20:15
The highly praised TROPICAL DIVING Scuba Centre is used. It has world class facilities and
equipment and is in Ambataloaka. They will collect clients from any of the hotels. It is
recommended to pre-book dives from here as then places will be guaranteed.
10 dive package - all equipment - R 2170
10 dive package - weightbelt & tank - R 1615
5 Dive package - all equipment - R 1225
5 Dive package - weightbelt & tank - R 950
What's Included :
10 Day Package Includes:
Return airfares Jnb-Tana-Nosy Be return.
Full board at Sakatia Dive Inn – 7 nights.
All airport transfers.
Overnight accommodation in Tana 2 nights
Excludes: Madagascar visas; Dive gear hire; Activities;
Excursions; Travel Insurance; Meals in Tana; Drinks; Gratuities and items of a personal nature
Our charters are the only way in which visitors to Madagascar can
experience the entire Nosy Be island archipelago. (Many of the
outer islands would otherwise be impossible to reach). The
essence of our charters, is island hopping, from the remote
Radama islands in the south of the area, to the Mitsio isles to the
north. While there are eight complete sets of scuba gear on
board, we do advise clients to bring their own wetsuits, fins,
masks and snorkels. (This is important, because not all sizes are
catered for in the existing equipment sets). The friendly, experienced and carefully appointed
crew, will attend to clients' every needs while on board. And the 5 star chef consistently provides
hallucinatory meals, utilising French and Malagasy recipes. Fresh fish, prawns, crabs, calamari
and beef are combined with fresh vegetables and tropical fruits.
There are 3 options to choose from:
Maryland 37: 6 guests can comfortably cruise in this elegant trawler thanks to its vast saloon. A
skipper and a hostess ensure a smiling and skilful service as well for the practice of water sports
as for living on board
Bahia 46: 4 double cabins with TV and private bathroom are designed to accommodate 8 guests
on board. The cuisine is enhanced by the sampling of local dishes and fresh fish if fishing is
successful. On the deck, bathing mattresses are waiting for you.
Marquises 56: This spendid catamaran, with its 4 spacious double cabins equipped with the
satelitte TV and private bathroom, its wonderful saloon decorated with leather and exotic wood, its
large fore and rear-deck perfectly desinged, the Marquises 56 welcomes you in an exclusive
luxury. After your nautical activities or back from an excursion, you will enjoy our refined and
Diving & Entertainment:
At leisure to snorkel, dive, fish or just have fun. If you are a diver you can drop overboard into the
indigo blue waters and descend through an outstanding kaleidoscope of colour. Meet with the
whale sharks, sea turtles, dolphins and mantas.
View the spectacular scenery of untouched coral reefs with their prolific marine life. Surface from
this underwater wonderland to relax on board with a drink and savour the delectable cuisine
prepared by our chef, including the fresh catches of the day.
For those who do not dive or fish you can go island hopping and discover the islands within the
Nosy Be archipelago. Go snorkelling or just soak up the sun.
For the fisherman - we cater for the novice and average fisherman and advise that the good to
specialist bring his her own equipment. Great fishing trips have been had on board.
Package price per person sharing R 12 293
Airport Taxes R 739
What's Included? :
International and internal flights (ex Johannesburg, visa fees, island hopping yacht charter for 6
nights/ 7 days, full board; diving (2 per day), snorkelling and fishing (including spear fishing),
complete diving gear except masks, fins and wetsuits;
transfers Nosy Be airport- boat - Nosy Be airport,
1 night Hotel De France in Antananarivo (B&B), transfers airport-hotel-airport in Antananarivo