Nosy Be, “the is­land’s is­land”

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Mada­gas­car is a kalei­do­scope of colours that blend gen­tly to­gether: from the deep blue of the end­less ocean and the dark green of the trop­i­cal forests, to the co­ral red of the sub­lime sun­sets. Sit­u­ated to the north west of Mada­gas­car, Nosy Be is a fas­ci­nat­ing is­land rocked by the calm, warm sea of the Chan­nel of Mozam­bique. Ac­ces­si­ble by sea and plane from the small Fascene Air­port, it is nes­tled in the large pro­tected bay of Am­pasin­dava. Nosy Be, which in Mala­gasy means “big is­land”, is also known as the “per­fumed is­land” and is a cov­eted des­ti­na­tion of na­ture lovers, who can ex­plore the many small is­lands that sur­round it, with their beaches formed from shells and co­ral pul­verised by the ac­tion of the sea, jagged coast­lines and small bays. Be­tween the Ar­chi­pel­a­gos of Mit­sio in the north, and Radama in the south, pass­ing by Nosy Komba and Nosy Saka­tia, the is­lands re­veal some won­der­ful sur­prises. Sea lovers and sail­ing en­thu­si­asts find their ideal habi­tat here among the un­spoilt is­lands that shield Nosy Be like the gems of the valu­able jew­ellery piece. Each has its own par­tic­u­lar fea­tures and all, be­tween sea and sky, sparkle like ver­i­ta­ble trea­sures of na­ture. Nosy Be is the ideal place for dis­cov­er­ing the sea depths and en­joy­ing the beauty of its un­touched re­sources. Love Bub­ble So­cial Div­ing, an in­de­pen­dent div­ing cen­tre, of­fers some of the best dives around the is­land. Boat trips, in­stead, are ded­i­cated to dol­phin, whale or whale shark watch­ing, or cen­tred on learn­ing about the en­vi­ron­ment or lo­cal tra­di­tions. The ser­vice is of the high­est qual­ity and is equipped for div­ing with Nitrox. Thanks to a fast, twin-en­gined boat, more re­mote div­ing places within a ra­dius of almost 100 kilo­me­tres can be reached, in­clud­ing the Four Brothers rocks and Mit­sio and beyond to the is­land of Nosy Iranja. But the riches of the is­land are not limited to the ex­otic charm of the deep sea; it has a mul­ti­tude of na­tive plants that grow in the prim­i­tive forests and cul­ti­vated ar­eas. Th­ese var­ied land­scapes of lush veg­e­ta­tion range from plan­ta­tions of ylang-ylang and sugar cane to rice pad­dies, vol­canic lakes in­hab­ited by croc­o­diles, small wa­ter­falls and vol­canic hills. The colours of the gen­tle slopes and small rises merge with the green tones of the en­tire is­land flora and, at the end of the day, the air is dif­fused with the per­fume of ylangy­lang and ac­com­pa­nied by the rus­tle of Rav­inala leaves. With a wealth of bio­di­ver­sity among the ex­otic na­tive flora and fauna, the

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