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Arriving at Nosy Be airport, you will be met and transferred by taxi to Chanty beach and then by speedboat to Sakatia Towers, a small guest house which is situated on a small private beach. The next two days will be spent snorkelling, exploring the stunning beach and island on foot and generally relaxing whilst soaking up the sand, sea and sun. Additional activities (optional book locally) include guided walks, sea-kayaking, hobie cats or pirogue trips, scuba diving and deep sea fishing trips.
It's an early start as you head to Ambatiloka by speed boat and taxi, for a day excursion with a beach picnic lunch at Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve – famed for its world class snorkelling and diving. Then proceed to Nosy Komba, a small island surrounded by crystal clear blue waters that are perfect for water activities, especially diving. The islands big attraction is a large population of black lemur which roam the trees and with any luck you may spot marine turtles. Your time will be spent relaxing on the beach, taking forest walks up the mountain, visiting the nearby Anjibe village and soaking up the sun.
After 4 nights at Sakatia Lodge, you will transferred a short hop over the ocean to Nosy Be, where you will be dropped in front of the Vanilla hotel on the beach. We embark on a day excursion with a boat lunch to Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve – famed for its world class snorkelling and diving. Nosy Komba is the second largest island after Nosy Be, we visit the crafts market on Nosy Komba where you can purchase from a selection of lace tablecloths made by the skilled women of Komba Island itself. In the late morning we depart for the island of Tanikely – a crystal clear natural aquarium where you will snorkel with the colourful fish.
Spend your entire day at leisure, enjoying the swimming pools at the hotel, the beautiful spa and massage centre, or taking part in one of the many optional activities offered by the hotels excursions desk. Options include quad biking, mountain biking, deep-sea fishing, day trips to near-by islands (Nosy Iranja is recommended) and guided tours of Nosy Be, taking in the local markets and shops. These optional excursions are for your own expense. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, we depart for the Lokobe Nature Reserve – the last primary forest of Nosy Be, and rich in many varieties of medicinal plants endemic to Madagascar. Departing from the fishing village of Ambatozavavy (south of the island), you will board a traditional canoe, rowing along the mangroves to the foot of the reserve. Your guide (a specialist in wildlife and local flora) will assist you in discovering the living treasures of this reserve and will explain its secrets and legends. The dense rainforest is a protected site, where you may discover diurnal lemurs (Lepilemur and Macaco), reptiles, chameleons, insects and tropical birds. A picnic lunch is included.
After your last breakfast on this tropical island, you will proceed to the airport where you will fly back to the capital city Antananarivo, and catch your flight home. Please note – lunch is not included in day 8 of your tour. Should your flights have you departing in the afternoon or evening, please make direct arrangements with the hotel for meals. These will be at an additional cost.