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Madagascar

Nose Be Dive & Nature

NOSY BE – DIVE & NATURE DISCOVERY

Madagascar is not only known for its endemic flora and flora, but also renowned for its endless coastline, white sandy beaches, sparkling clear turquoise water and restaurants serving seafood feasts on the sand. To round off your holiday in Madagascar with a beach-stay, we suggest heading to the island of Nosy Be Archipelago.

 

NOSY BE: DIVE & NATURE DISCOVERY

Nosy Be, which is the largest island of Nosy Be Archipelago, is surrounded by several exquisite islands nearby, including Nosy Komba, Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Sakatia and Nosy Mitsio.

The exotic island offers excellent fishing and diving opportunities, as well as a natural lemur reserve and resort-style atmosphere. The air is scented with ylang-ylang and vanilla and the pace of life is as slow and drawn-out as the splendid sunsets.

HIGHLIGHTS

Nosy Be:

Enjoy the spectacular view of the archipelago with direct access to white sandy beaches. See lemur in their natural habitats at lemur island with 4 different species types

Sakalav museum:

Teaches you about the history of the island and its culture

Domaine De Florette:

Located in the heart of the nature of Nosy Be

 

QUICK FACTS

Tour type:

Superior Lodge Package

Meals:

7 x Breakfast

2 x Lunch

3 x Dinner

Duration:

8 days

Vehicle:

Car 2 – 3 people

Start and End:

Nosy Be

 

Minivan 4 – 8 people

 

Bus 10 + people

Country visited:

Madagascar

 

Group Size:

Min. 1 / Max. 10

DEPARTURE DATES 2018

Departs every day (flight dependant) from March to December.

ITINERARY

B – Breakfast       L – Lunch              D – Dinner

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT NOSY BE - MADAGASCAR                                           D 

On arrival to Nosy Be airport, you will be met and transferred by car (45 minutes) to the Ravintsara Wellness Hotel. Located on the northwest of Nosy Be in a four hectare parkland of endemic plants and trees, Ravintsara combines luxury and peacefulness. If you feel like relaxing, the hotel offers a wonderful spa and wellness area. Enjoy your first tropical dinner on the island listening to the calls of the exotic bush.

 

Superior Accommodation:            Ravintsara Wellness Hotel, or similar (double room with en-suite bathroom)

DAYS 2 – 5:   RAVINTSARA WELLNESS HOTEL - NOSY BE                                  BD          

Eight dives have been included in your package, allowing for 2 dives per day.  Your non-diving hours will be spent at your leisure, enjoying the island, taking walks, snorkelling, and for the more adventurous there are a number of optional activities available.

Included in your tour is a half-day excursion to the Island of Sakatia, a short 10 minute boat ride from Nosy Be. After a delicious lunch you may spend the afternoon relaxing on the pristine white beach or snorkelling in the warm waters before you are transferred back to your hotel.

 

Superior Accommodation:            Ravintsara Wellness Hotel, or similar (double room with en-suite bathroom)

DAYS 6 - 7:   DOMAINE DE FLORETTE – NOSY BE                                          BLD

After your underwater experiences have come to an end you will be collected and transferred to the Domaine De Florette in the heart of the nature of Nosy Be. This guest house is run by a Franco-Malagasy couple and located in the middle of the island in a 30 hectare secondary forest. A guide will be at your disposal for the discovery of this generous and wild landscape. During your nature walk your guide will teach you of the medicinal values of the plants as well as search for the variety of spiders, chameleons, beetles and bugs hidden away in this tropical paradise. The tour also includes visits to the Ylang distillery and the Sakalav museum teaching you about the history of the island and its cultures.

 

Superior Accommodation:            Domaine De Florette, or similar (double room with en-suite bathroom)

DAY 8:   NOSY BE – ANTANANARIVO – HOME DESTINATION                       B

After breakfast you will be transferred from Domaine De Florette to Nosy Be airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where you will connect to your flight departing for your home destination.

 

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION

DEPARTURE:

When arriving in Nosy Be in the morning of Day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1. (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation will be in mid - upper range hotels. Please note that Madagascar is a country which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited therefore all the above mentioned accommodations are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same or higher standards.

 

Ravintsara Wellness Hotel is a four-star resort focused specifically on the combination of nature and luxury. Located only 35 minutes away from Nosy-be airport it faces Sakatia Island on the west coast. Each individually designed bungalow is set amongst a 5 hectare peaceful and relaxing tropical garden.

The Hotel has 20 bungalows (sea and garden view) and are all equipped with air conditioning, fan, safe, minibar, flat screen TV with satellite channels, Internet, telephone, king size bed and a desk. The comfortable bathrooms are equipped with double sinks, a Jacuzzi and a shower and separate toilets.

 

Domaine De Florette is located near the village of Andrafiamena which means "place where trees grow raffia red". This intimate idyllic lodge is situated on top of a hill next to Mont Passat and is in the centre of a 30 hectare plot with an impressive variety of trees, fruit and flowers all of export quality. Each room offers a splendid view over the Mitsio archipelago, the mainland and the neighbouring islands.

The Domaine De Florette is a real haven of peace and the perfect location to explore and enjoy the nature of Nosy Be.

SCUBA DIVING EQUIPMENT:

Sakalav Diving has a comprehensive selection of well-maintained diving equipment.  Should you wish to bring your own equipment, please note the weight allowance of 20kg for flights to Nosy Be.

 

Please note: Scuba diving equipment is not always available in the full range of sizes and makes, so bringing your own dive gear can be a sensible precaution. There are no Hyperbaric (decompression) chambers in Madagascar, so it’s best to be extra-careful when tackling challenging spots.

VISAS:

A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month, can purchase a visa for 115’000 Ariary (around 35 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman Madagascar Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

MAKING YOUR TRAVELS MEANINGFUL:

The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris and Hideaways. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.

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