Nosy Be, Madagascar

This small island lies off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Close by the East African coast, the large island of Madagascar offers a warm climate, mountains cloaked with lush tropical forests, and volcanic lakes. Indonesians settled here as early as the 6th century, and parts of the island retain a strong Asian flavor. Bantu tribes from the mainland arrived in the 9th century, transforming Madagascar into a major trading center. The tribes consolidated their political power, which lasted until the French overthrew the Merina dynasty in 1896. In 1960, the Malagasy people regained their independence.

Note: Your ship will anchor in Nosy Bé and use launches to transport all passengers ashore.

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Points of Interest

  • Nosy Bé
  • Hell-Ville
  • Marketplace
  • Dzamanjar
  • Nosy Komba
  • Roadside Plantation
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  • Nosy Bé

    The "Great Island," products of the island include fine rum, pepper and shrimp. The island's air is perfumed with the scent of exotic plants such as ylang ylang, lemon grass and patchouli.

  • Hell-Ville

    The capital of Nosy Bé retains its Gallic charm.

  • Marketplace

    Hell-Ville's market is a virtual maze of merchants offering tropical fruits, local clothing, and other items.

  • Dzamanjar

    Surrounded by sugar cane plantations, the village is famed for its balloon-shaped houses.

  • Nosy Komba

    Nosy Komba is known as the Black Lemur sanctuary and the place of Sakalava embroideries, wood carving, sea shells and spices.

  • Roadside Plantation

    Get an up-close view at one of the fields of sugarcane and other products of the island.

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Nosy Komba: Isle of The Lemurs

3.25 hours | Nosy Be | NOS-215
  • Nosy Komba

Discover the wild charms of the Isle of Lemurs. A boat will take you to the island of Nosy Komba, home to 5,000 lemurs. After landing at the small fishing village of Ampanngoriana village you'll walk to the Black Lemur Sanctuary where a guide will share his knowledge of these fascinating creatures. Learn how to spot the males and females as you watch them climb and lounge in the trees. Fruit treats will be provided should you wish to feed the lemurs. Next, head to an open-air snack bar for refreshments. Take a seat by the beach under the shade of a tamarind tree, and enjoy the great views of Lokobe National Park and the surrounding isles while the village children perform a traditional show. Your day ends with free time to stroll on the beach, browse for souvenirs in the village or even take a swim.

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Lokobe National Park

3.75 hours | Nosy Be | NOS-220
  • Nosy Komba

Leaping lemurs, here's an unforgettable adventure! A boat brings you to the shores of Nosy Komba. Once on the island, a guide will lead you through the old-growth forest to Lokobe National Park, named after its highest peak, Mount Lokobe, which sits 1,476 feet above sea level. Stretched out over two miles, the park is an exotic oasis of fascinating wildlife, especially high-flying lemurs. These playful primates are integral to Madagascar's ecosystems, and today the region boasts almost 60 different species. As you walk through the park, keep your camera at the ready as these furry friends leap from tree branches. Later, head to Lokobe Lodge on the southern outskirts of the park to enjoy a seafood feast. After lunch you will have free time to rest at the lodge, stroll the beautiful white sand beach or take a swim. Finally, re-board the coach for Hell-Ville and your waiting ship.

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Nosy Be Highlights

4 hours | Nosy Be | NOS-200
  • Nosy Bé

Get acquainted with the laid-back charms of this enchanted isle beginning with a drive through Hell-Ville, Nosy Be's colorful capital, before venturing into the verdant countryside past many Malagasy villages and plantations. Take photos of the unusual cyclone-proof houses that resemble cement igloos during a photo stop in Dzamandzar, the island's second's largest town. Another photo stop awaits at Mont Passot. Rising 1,079 feet, the mountain is surrounded by crocodile-filled lakes including Amparihi Crater Lake, enrobed in lush greenery and plantations. Back on the coach, you'll continue to Andilana Beach for a Sakalava folksong and dance performance while you enjoy snacks and drinks at a local restaurant. Later, swim in the refreshing waters before returning to Hell-Ville where you'll have free time to explore the lively handicrafts market and pick up a souvenir to remind you of your visit.

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Lokobe National Park & Lunch

5.25 hours | Nosy Be | NOS-400

Marvel at the nature-made and manmade attractions that personify Nosy Komba. Begin your adventure with a boat ride journey to Lokobe National Park for a look at the brown and black lemurs that make their home in the forest. Then, view your surroundings from a different perspective when you board a canoe and drift lazily through a mangrove forest in search of terns, cormorants, green shanks and more. Nature may be the premier attraction but there is also a deep culture to learn and a friendly people to meet. After your canoe ride you'll visit island natives for a glimpse into their revered traditions. From here you'll walk back to the beach for some free time to rest at the lodge, stroll the beautiful white sand or take a swim. Finally, you'll gather on the beach for a delicious barbecue lunch while a women's folksong and -dance group entertain you.

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Marodoka Lemurs & Ylang Ylang

4 hours | Nosy Be | NOS-210

Indulge your senses with the sights and sounds that lie just outside of Hell-Ville beginning with a leisurely drive to the village of Marodoka, which dates back to the 7th century. Once you arrive, you'll be greeted by the local women who'll invite you to a cultural heritage experience. Watch as they perform a traditional dance that incorporates Indian, Arabian and Sakalava influences. Next on the itinerary is a visit to Lemuria Land, a private reserve that's home to ring-tailed, black, and crowned lemurs, as well as chameleons, snakes, and birds. At a nearby ylang-ylang distillery, you'll discover how the fragrant essential oil is extracted from this beautiful local flower to make many of the finest perfumes in the world. En route back to Hell-Ville, you'll stop at a souvenir market to browse stalls selling woodcarvings, embroidery, and handmade baskets.

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Nosy Komba & Nosy Tanikely

5.5 hours | Nosy Be | NOS-505
  • Nosy Komba

Spend the day in the great outdoors hiking, swimming, sightseeing, shopping and eating. From the pier, a boat will take you to Ampangoriana village, the capital of Nosy Komba. Disembark and walk about 500 yards through the fisherman's village with time to browse for souvenirs and mingle with the locals along the way. At the Black Lemur Sanctuary, you'll learn how to spot the males and females as you watch them climb and lounge in the trees. Although these animals live strictly in the wild, they are quite friendly and are acclimated to the presence of humans. Next, continue your boat ride to Nosy Tanikely Maritime National Park, one of the best snorkeling sites in the area, with coral, numerous fish and sea turtles. Hop overboard and enjoy snorkeling, swimming or lounging on the sand. Enjoy a relaxing lunch on the beach before you return to Nosy Be by boat.

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