Nosy Be Beaches
Nosy Be pronounced ‘nossy bay’ and meaning big island lies just off the northwest coast of Madagascar. The island’s most popular beach destination, it combines idyllic beaches and clear waters to create your very own slice of paradise. From mid-August to the end of October there’s the chance to spot humpback whales, whilst whale sharks can be spotted from mid-July to late November.
Nosy Be offers an idyllic island escape just 8km off the northwest coast of the mainland, with wonderful white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The island is blessed with an almost perfect climate, making it the perfect place to relax after exploring the Madagascan mainland. A highlight of visiting Nosy Be is that between mid-July and late November, it is visited by migrating whale sharks; humpback whales arrive from mid-August to the end of October, whilst turtles and dolphins are spotted year-round. Land-based wildlife viewing is possible too at the Lokobe Reserve where there are grey-backed sportive and black lemurs, as well as leaf-tailed geckos.
It is worth bearing in mind that Nosy Be became popular with tourists long before anywhere else in Madagascar, so if you are looking to get truly off-the-beaten-track it may be worth looking to one of the more remote islands. This also goes for the coral reefs which have been damaged, so keen snorkelers and divers should consider casting their net further afield.