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" Visit Nosy Be" Top 5 Page for this destination Madagascar Things to Do Tip by belgianchocolate

Madagascar Things to Do: 137 reviews and 267 photos

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We are both not into beaches...a few houres on a beach and we have seen it all. Now , Nosy Be is the destination where people head for to lay on the beach. A couple of beach resorts can be found on the nicest bays of the island and it is a different kind of tourist we've seen here then on the main land. Nosy be means big island and it has everything that Madagascar has but smaller. That is partly true.

We stayed for 3 nights in the capital - Hell ville and we had a good time.
First evening we wondered around. Second day we went on an excursion by boat - a small one - to nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely to do some snorkeling and in the evening we did some serious christmas shopping. lol.
The second complete day we enjoyed ourselves with the taxi-tour of the island. We vitited the fertile islands ylang-yalng-plantage and the ethereal oil factory.(basic ingredient to make perfume). We loved the view from the highest point round the island at mount Passot.(329m) We went for dinner and swimming at Andilana beach and we visited the sacred waterfall.

However , this was not our favorite day at the beach. Too many tourist = bad habits.
The beach the most 'isolated' had a beach resort in the next bay. Souvernirs were sold on the beach , girls asking to give a massage , locals running around with a chameleon to take a picture , girls painted to make money with picture taking and a parth of the beach that has been sealed for the locals to use by a large hotel. Everything what I don't like to see...since we could compare with something else. I also was annoyed by spoiled and demanding tourists.

Nosy Be also has 'strict reserve' , unfortunately we didn't found the time for a visit.

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  • Written Nov 24, 2005
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