NOSY MADAGASIKARA | NOSY BE | NOSY AMBARIOVATO | NOSY TANIKELY
Just an hour and a half flight north of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, lies the sleepy island of Nosy Be (big island in Malagasy). Known for its beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and French influence, this archipelago serves as a jumping off point to a number of smaller islands in all directions. One finds it easy to disconnect from the digital world here, not only because of the abundance of under water dive excursions, horse back riding, island hopping, wildlife and scenic parks, but on these islands you are so far off the grid…electricity is unstable, it can and will vanish during any one of the many fierce lightning storms which pass over daily.
Local fishermen return with this day’s late afternoon catch. Want anything?
No shortage of resorts along the beach offering a full range of accommodations. Enjoying an ice cold beer at high tide.
A local woman combs the beach in search of buyers of her fresh fruit.
Low tide Southwest side of Nosy Be, peering south down the beach.
Warm sunsets with fast moving clouds. The sky constantly changes.
Raw video of a lightning storm in slow motion to expose the bolts.
Exploring – Hell Ville, Nosy Be, Madagascar
Peaceful drive into Hell Villa, the main town on Nosy Be. Great deals on local coffee, vanilla and many other spices.
Here you will find hundreds of merchants selling anything from freshly caught fish, local produce, electronics or whatever you need.
Island Hopping – Nosy Be to Nosy Komba (Lemur Island)
Off the coast of Nosy Be lies a volcanic island famous for the preservation of lemurs appropriately nicknamed Nosy Komba (Malagasy for Lemur Island). For a nominal fee of $35. USD, about 110,000 Malagasy Ariary you can travel via boat to any number of outer islands and explore the deep blue, snorkel, picnic or in my case, get up close and personal with a community of Malagasy lemurs.
After 35 minutes of ocean wind in my face, we arrived at Nosy Ambariovato. A picturesque island, covering 25 km2, complete with lush jungles. This island once service as a navigational aid to former mariners with its lighthouse.
Eager to explore the island, we beached the boats inside the cove. Overhead winds from the Indian Ocean provide persistent change of light, as the clouds above cast quick moving shadows on the tropical landscape, alternating between soft and deep rich colors.
Just some stock video footage of our arrival on the beach on Nosy Komba.
After a 20 minute hike into the forest we encountered thin trees with curious lemurs, hungry for a fresh banana. Connecting with these guys was an experience…playful, trusting, but mostly motivated by food, they are fun, bold and eager to jump on your shoulders for a bite to eat. Don’t be surprised if some jump on you from behind, they are not shy when it comes to asking for food.
This little guy is curious to see if we have food. Friendly little animals.
This lemur is fascinated with the cell phone.
Other Creatures on Nosy Ambariovato
Lemurs a only a few of the natural surprises you might encounter on Nosy Ambariovato. The reptiles are among the most colorful I have ever seen.
I’m not a big fan of snakes, but everyone else took the same picture, so why not.
Rum & Lime – Sleepy Beachfront Bar
I found a sleepy beach bar offering shots of local rum, a 50/50 mix of rum and local lime juice served with a salted rim.
Heading back to Nosy Be, we stopped at an even smaller island in the archipelago named Nosy Tanikely. The lighthouse on the island was once the navigational aid for nautical traffic in these waters.
Boats tied up, lets explore this island.
The lighthouse located at the islands highest point is a reminder of days when navigation was visual not electronic.
Atop the lighthouse you get a panoramic view in all directions.
View from the lighthouse – Your chariot awaits. Gazing down at the beach you gain perspective
H O R S E B A C K O N N O S Y B E
The mid-morning start of a half day ride across the lush countryside on Nosy Be. Horseback through the Malagasy countryside, crossing through many local farms and plantations.
Pausing for a rest and taking in the sights before descending to the beach.
A warm day today, so its time to head to the beach for some fun in the bay with the horses.