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Nosy Be lies off the northwest of Madagascar and has a near-perfect climate — sunshine with brief showers that are often at night.

The soils are fertile and sugar, pepper and ylang-ylang are all grown for export.


There is one busy town, Hell-Ville, where the roads are packed with ancient Renault taxis, zebu-carts, bicycles and pedestrians. Tourist shops jostle for space with local stalls that sell everything from chili peppers to mangrove crabs caked in mud. North of Hell-Ville the road winds around the west coast where a few hotels cluster around sandy beaches.

Beaches of Nosy Be

Nosy Be, MadagascarNosy Be’s beaches are ideal for swimming as they shelve gradually, staying shallow for miles out to sea, but they are peaceful and hassle-free, with pirogues lying abandoned in the sand and dhows floating past offshore.

The calm waters of the Nosy Be region in North West Madagascar are also well suited to sailing.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Nosy Be

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    Places near Nosy Be

    Accommodation choices for Nosy Be

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Nosy Be. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

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    • Madavoile Cruise
      Madavoile yachting, Madagascar

      Madavoile Cruise

      Madavoile Cruise

      Madavoile is a small privately owned yacht chartering company, who operate out of Crater Bay on the island of Nosy Be.

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