Nosy Be Madagascar Tour

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Nosy Be Madagascar Tour

Nosy Be Madagascar Tour - Itinerary

Circuit : Antananarivo – Ankarafantsika – Ambanja – Nosy Be – Lokobe Reserve – Visit Nosy Sakatia…

  • Day 1 – Antananarivo
  • Day 2 – Antananarivo – Ankarafantsika
  • Day 3 – Ankarafantsika – Ambanja
  • Day 4 – Ambanja – Nosy Be
  • Day 5 – Lokobe Reserve
  • Day 6 – Visit Nosy Sakatia
  • Day 7 – Visit Nosy Komba – Nosy Tanikely
  • Day 8 – Visit Nosy Iranja
  • Day 9 – Nosy Iranja – Nosy Be
  • Day 10 – Nosy Be – Country of origin

Nosy Be Madagascar Tour - Details of the itinerary

As one of the leading destinations of Madagascar, the Nosy Be Madagascar Tour proposed by Madagascar Tours Guide has been elaborated to satisfy the demands of small groups or solo tours through the tourist sites and historical places of the western part of Madagascar. The major part of this tour will take place in Nosy Be because of its huge tourist potential. What to see in Nosy Be? Follow your guide!

Day 1 – Antananarivo

On the day of your arrival at Ivato international airport for the first day of your Nosy Be Madagascar Tour, one of the cheap tours offered in Madagascar, the driver-guide of Madagascar Tours Guide will welcome you and drive you to your hotel. After your installation, you will be taken to see some interesting places to see in the capital, among others:

  • The Palace of Manjakamiadana, the official seat of the Kingdom of Madagascar which majestically dominates the city center thanks to its high geographical position,
  • The chic district of Antaninarenina where you will find large starred hotels, administrative and strategic buildings such as the central bank and the presidential palace on the Ambohitsorohitra side,
  • The economic and commercial district of Ankorondrano where large commercial companies, car dealerships and mobile operators are located.
The Palace of the Queen Manjakamiadana Antananarivo Madagascar
Panoramic view of the city of Antananarivo

Day 2 – Antananarivo – Ankarafantsika

The second day of your Nosy Be Madagascar Tour, accompanied by your guide, you will take the national road n° 4 to reach the capital of the Boeny region. The landscape is marked by the omnipresence of lavaka, a trace of the action of erosion. You will pass by the National Park of Ankarafantsika composed of dense and dry forest as well as lakes. The park is constituted of a protected ecosystem that is qualified as a paradise for several species of birds, notably endemic ones such as the eagle of Madagascar. Ankarafantsika is also the refuge of species of lemurs of which the smallest in the world, the Microcebus, reptiles such as fresh water turtles, chameleons, iguanas, snakes and crocodiles.

It is in Ankarafantsika that you will spend the night before the next stage of the tour to the north of Madagascar.

chameleon of the National Park of Ankarafantsika
magnificent lake in the National Park of Ankarafantsika

Day 3 – Ankarafantsika – Ambanja

Early in the morning, you will leave for Ambanja, the valley of perfumes but also the gateway to visit Nosy Be Madagascar. The journey of 628 km linking the two capitals will be done in two stages, the first one to Antsohihy where you will be installed in a hotel before taking the road to Ambanja. From Ambanja to Antsohihy, the landscape is dominated by a shrubby savannah and the vegetation changes while advancing towards Ambanja. Do not miss the visit of the dhow port of Antsohihy before continuing your journey.

After the stage on Antsohihy, heading to Ambanja by borrowing the National 6. As you progress in the northwestern circuit of Madagascar, the change of landscape is felt with the appearance of the luxuriant vegetations, the trees of the traveler, the plantations of cocoa trees, mango trees and coffee trees the edge of the RN 6 to announce that you will enter the valley of Sambirano.

Arrival in Ambanja in the middle of the afternoon, the city of the best cocoa as well as other colonial plantations like vanilla, pepper and ylang-ylang, perfume plants exported in the world. Before reaching the hotel, your Nosy Be Madagascar guide will take you on a tour of the city and the vast fields of cash crop plantations.

The city of Ambanja Madagascar
Best Ambanja cocoa in Madagascar

Day 4 – Ambanja – Nosy Be

The transfer to Nosy Be will be done at the port of Ankify, located at about twenty kilometers from Ambanja. Usually, travelers have the choice between a ferry, a boat or a speedboat. The journey takes 30 minutes for the speedboats, 2 hours for the boats and even more time for the ferry (ideal to take a vehicle).


Very rich in biodiversity with a very strong endemism of flora and fauna, Nosy Be is often in the list of places of passage of many tourist circuits in Madagascar. Upon your arrival in this island, your guide will install you in your hotel before making you visit the city center and then the few beaches not too far away like Madirokely – Ambatoloaka and Andilana which is one of the most beautiful of Nosy Be. Take advantage of this day to make a walk in dugout or a picnic under the coconut trees of the beach of Ambondrona. Towards the end of the evening, you will be driven to your hotel by your driver-guide.

Transfer to Nosy Be at the port of Ankify

Day 5 – Lokobe Reserve

The transfer to Lokobe will be done in two stages: by car and by traditional dugout. To move from your hotel to any place, you can contact a car rental agency in Madagascar.


To go to the fishermen village of Ambatozavavy, the transfer will be done by car. It is there that you will be embarked in a traditional dugout to join the reserve of Lokobe. You will appreciate the beauty of a luxuriant landscape during the crossing. The vegetation is mostly made up of traveler’s tree, mangrove forest still preserved in its wild state. The reserve of Lokobe shelters a community of fauna and flora endemic to Madagascar including lemurs, chameleons… as well as perfume plants and medicinal plants. Towards the end of the day, you will return to the hotel in Nosy Be accompanied by your tour guide.

the beauty of a lush landscape during the visit

Day 6 – Visit Nosy Sakatia

The next day, you will board a boat for the visit of Sakatia Island, a place still wild and authentic, preserved from anthropic actions. Through a walk in the island, you will meet typical plants of the island like coffee trees, pepper trees, mango trees, orchids, raffia, cashew trees, other medicinal plants and notably trees of the traveler (Ravinala).

This visit will also enrich your cultural curiosity by discovering new culture, customs and traditions of the islanders. Among the popular activities in the island of Sakatia, if the tide is good, you will be able to practice snorkeling among the sea turtles of the island. In the afternoon, you will be free to enjoy the private beach before returning to the hotel in Nosy Be.

a place that is still both wild and authentic

Day 7 – Visit Nosy Komba - Nosy Tanikely

Nosy Komba or the island of lemurs is about twenty minutes away by speedboat. This island is distinguished by its craft village and its market where wooden arts or embroideries are sold. The visit continues to the park sheltering endemic fauna such as the lemur “macaco”, chameleons, land tortoises, Boa constrictor …


From Nosy Komba, you will join Nosy Tany Kely for a fifteen minutes trip. This island is a real paradise with its white sand beaches, a crystal clear sea surrounded by a coral reef. You will find your account there if you like swimming, scuba diving, relaxing under a tropical sun. At the end of the afternoon, you will return to the hotel.

Canon in Nosy-Be
Sunset in Nosy-Be Madagascar

Day 8 – Visit Nosy Iranja

Nosy Iranja is a must for any tailor-made tour in Madagascar. Composed of two islets, Nosy Iranja Be and Nosy Iranja Kely, both are connected, at low tide, by a strip of white sand of 2 kilometers.


Let yourself be transported in dreams through the beauty of the place where the lagoon, the turquoise sea and the sun are at the rendezvous. This island is an ideal place for a vacation project in Nosy Be Madagascar, for the search of a pure change of scenery or to enjoy beach activities. In the afternoon, you will be free to hike through an exceptional landscape of the island before returning to the hotel in Nosy Be.

Day 9 – Nosy Iranja – Nosy Be

Back from Nosy Iranja for a free day, this is an opportunity to make an excursion to Nosy Be Madagascar in places that make the Nosy Be tour an option to better discover the wonders of northwestern Madagascar.

For this 9th day of your Nosy Be Madagascar Tour, do not miss the visit of the Ylang-ylang plantations, known for its essential oils very appreciated by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. In the afternoon, you will be able to enjoy its magnificent almost deserted beaches, visit the famous Mount Passot, a volcanic hill in the center of Nosy Be, the sacred waterfall very popular with diving lovers thanks to its rich sea bed. These places constitute a privileged itinerary for an organized hiking tour in Madagascar.

a real heavenly place in Nosy-Be
The culture of Vanilla in Nosy-Be

Day 10 – Nosy Be – Country of origin

For this last day of your Nosy Be Madagascar Tour, your driver guide will accompany you to the nearest handicraft market for your souvenir purchases of your Madagascar tour in the beautiful island of Nosy Be before your transfer to the airport for the return to your country of origin or to Antananarivo by plane.

Downtown Nosy-Be

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