Nosy Be / Madagascar


During our cruise in the Indian Ocean we will visit the islands of La Réunion, Mahé / Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar.

Madagascar - On the road ahead of Nosy Be

Madagascar - On the road ahead of Nosy Be


The French overseas department Île de la Réunion, Mahé and the island republic of Mauritius are each manageable destinations. Cruise ship passengers get a lot to see there in one day or during an overnight stay. The situation is completely different with Madagascar.

Madagascar - fourth largest island in the world

The fourth largest island in the world measures more than 587.000 km². This is roughly 1,6 times the size of Germany. Compared to Germany, the Republic of Madagascar is extremely sparsely populated with a little more than 26 million inhabitants (in 2018).

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Lonely boat

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Lonely boat


With Nosy Be, Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) and Toamasina (Tamatave) we stop at three destinations in the north and northeast of Madagascar. The slightly more than 320 km² island of Nosy Be is the subject of this description.

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Ambatozavavy at high tide

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Ambatozavavy at high tide


The volcanic island of Nosy Be, located about 15 km off Madagascar's northwest coast, is considered to be well developed for tourism in relation to the main island. Despite its own small airport, the island was spared from mass tourism. Scarce hotel capacities and a limited infrastructure make Nosy Be a destination for individualists, divers and snorkelers.

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Ampasipohy

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Ampasipohy


Nosy Be - paradise for individualists

The visitors enjoy the rugged coastal landscape with secluded stretches of beach and crystal clear water. If you want, you can climb the two 450 m and 329 m high mountains Mount Lokone and Mount Passot or visit one of the eleven holy crater lakes. The lakes, inhabited by crocodiles, offer enormous water reserves for the residents and agriculture. The lakes are also regarded by the population as the home of their ancestors. Trekking tours in the Lokobe nature reserve are popular. We report on an organized tour into the 74 hectare rainforest area in our article: A day on Nosy Be.

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Andoany hinterland

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Andoany hinterland


In addition to tourism, agriculture is also important on Nosy Be. Agricultural products in demand are cloves, pepper, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar cane. The sugar cane cultivation is in Chinese hands. The production of ylang-ylang oils is also of concern. They are used in perfume production but also in the production of food.

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Ylang-Ylang plantings

Madagascar - Nosy Be - Ylang-Ylang plantings


Cruise ships call at the island's capital Andoany. Their previous name was after a French governor Hell Ville. Half of the island's 60.000 inhabitants live in the old, decaying colonial city.

Madagascar - Andoany - Gare Maritime Nosy BeMadagascar - Andoany - Gare Maritime Nosy Be


Update March 2021 

 

 

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