Northern Madagascar


Ankify


Ankify is a small village on the coast in north west Madagascar. There are a number of hotels here and is a perfect place to relax, enjoy the scenery and wildlife and spend time on the beach or snorkelling.


Nosy Be


Nosy Be (which means “Big Island” in Malagasay)  is without doubt,  Madagascar’s top beach destination. Although there are a large number of hotels on the island, it still has a laid back feel. Nosy Be offers a wide range of activities that will please even the most demanding visitor. Get away from the crowds on white sandy beaches, blue-green seas and the amazing coral reefs. Explore the lush jungle in the Lobeke nature reserve and make the most of your holidays visiting some of the surrounding islands.


Other Islands


Nosy Iranja is a popular day trip by boat from Nosy Be. It is actually two island connected by a long sand bar. There is some excellent snorkelling around the island and it makes a perfect place for a beach picnic. Nosy Sikatia, off the west coast of Nosy Be also had excellent snorkelling plus fishing and walking opportunities. Nosy Komba, a cone shaped island is famous for it’s black lemurs. There are a number of small villages dotted around the island and the only way to get around is on foot and there are some excellent hikes. Nosy Tanikely is one of the best places to snorkel in the region and a good place to spot sea turtles.


Antsiranana Region


Antsiranana, previously known as Diego-Suarez is a city in the far north of Madagascar. It has a real French colonial feel to it and is situated on a picturesque harbour.


A day trip to the nearby beach at Ramena is highly recommended. Ramena is a small village with a sandy uncrowded beach, with little tourism but there are a few hotels and restaurants. Sundays however, can be busy when folk from the city visit for beach parties and picnics.


Les Trois Baies are three pretty bays; Baie des Pigeons, Baie de Dunes and Baie de Sakalava. There is little sign of human habitation in this area and the stunning beaches give way to wild and dramatic landscapes.


Ankarana


Ankarana National Park was founded in 1956. The predominant climate is dry tropical with most of the rain falling in January. The park has large amounts of tsingy (limestone pinnacle formations) . It offers excellent hiking and the chance to see lemurs, bats and many species of birds. The park also has a number of caves that can be explored.








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