Discover Madagascar Nosy & Islands on board of Galatea

Madagascar, one of the largest islands in the world, enjoys the presence of many nearby islands inviting to discovery. The most well-known island is Nosy Be, that has a very unique biodiversity, with about 100,000 varieties of endemic species! The less popular islands such as Nosy Boraha, Nosy Komba, Nosy Iranja or Nosy Kalajoro are also home to numerous endemic plants and are also the home land for Malagasy tribes where ancestral traditions dominate.

Embark on board of Galatea to discover this beautiful and mysterious part of the world! Click here to see the program

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NOSY BE

Nosy Be, which roughly translates to “big island” in Malagasy is a volcanic island that is located off the Northwest coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean’s Mozambique Channel. The island was formerly known as Assada in the early 17th century when it was under colonial rule. The island is surrounded by other smaller islets. Nosy Be’s main town is called Andoany and its highest peak is on Mont Lokobe that reaches an altitude of 450 meters. The island is a beautiful place which boasts 11 crater lakes and an array of exotic island wildlife comprising of some unique creatures.

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NOSY BORAHA

Nosy Boraha (formerly and still more commonly known as Îl Sainte-Marie) is a sliver of paradise off Madagascar’s northeast coast. A notorious pirate hideout in the late 17th century, it’s believed that this tropical islet once provided shelter for almost 1000 marauders. They would shelter in its calm bays between escapades into the Indian Ocean, plundering vessels as they returned from the West Indies laden with riches, especially spices. The remains of some of their pirate ships still lie just beneath the surface at Baie des Forban, a tantalising prospect for divers and snorkelers.

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NOSY KOMBA

Nosy Komba is the most populated island after Nosy Be, with approximately 4000 people and is only 15 minutes away from Hell Ville by boat.
The island shelters a multitude of lemurs protected by the “fady” (litteraly a prohibition). They are indeed considered sacred by the island’s inhabitants. Therefore they are not hunted nor disturbed in any way. Among the many species you will see the Macaco Lemur, who lives in groups of 20 people and feed themselves with the island’s fruits.

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NOSY IRANJA

Some of the most enthralling wildlife experiences to be seen on Nosy Iranja are the hawksbill and green turtles coming up the beaches to lay their eggs. Then, the hatchlings escape from the nest and make their way to the ocean. Ongoing conservation work to safeguard the future of the turtles takes place on the island too.

There are also several snorkelling spots that are easy to access from Nosy Iranja and showcase the excellent marine life Madagascar has to offer.

Embark on board of Galatea to discover this beautiful and mysterious part of the world! Click here to see the program

 

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