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 is there an abundance of underwater dive excursions, horseback riding, island hopping, wildlife, and scenic parks to distract one from one’s digital devices, but these islands you are so far off the grid that electricity is unstable. It can and will vanish during any one of the many fierce lightning storms which pass over daily, leaving one delightfully disconnected from the outside world.
Raw video of a lightning storm in slow motion to expose the bolts.
Exploring – Hell Ville, Nosy Be, Madagascar
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 and golden-sand beaches. This island’s lighthouse once served to help mariners to safely navigate these waters.
Eager to explore the island, we beached the boats inside the cove. Overhead winds from the Indian Ocean provided persistent change of light, as the clouds above cast quick-moving shadows on the tropical landscape, causing the rich colors to alternate between soft and deep shades of blue and green.
Just some stock video footage of our arrival on the beach on Nosy Komba.
After a twenty minute hike into the forest, we encountered curious lemurs who scampered up and down the skinny tree trunks, hungry for fresh bananas. Connecting with these creatures was an amazing experience. They are fun-loving, playful, and trusting, but mostly motivated by food. Bold and eager to jump on your shoulders from all directions for a bite to eat, they are not shy when it comes to asking for handouts.
Other Creatures on Nosy Ambariovato
Rum & Lime – Sleepy Beachfront Bar
Atop the lighthouse, you get a panoramic view in all directions.
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. We rode on horseback through the Malagasy countryside, crossing many local farms and plantations.