Northern Madagascar Emerald Sea Adventure

Sakalava Bay, Madagascar
Dates Oct 5 - Oct 14, 2020 (10 days)
Ports of CallNosy Be and Antisirana (Diego Suarez)
Mean Avg Wind23 kts, SE

"White sand beaches, air perfumed with ylang-ylang and vanilla, snorkeling in a sea of emerald, mangrove swamps and centuries old baobabs are all hallmarks of Northern Madagascar's most interesting, diverse, and at times disparaged region. Villages of simple homes made with sticks sit flush with the lux new tourist resorts.

Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, desert, hiking and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoors enthusiasts – half the fun is getting to all these incredible attractions. Madagascar is unique: 5% of all known animal and plant species can be found here, and here alone. The island's signature animal is the lemur of course, but there are many more weird and wonderful creatures: the eerie-looking fossa (a cat-like predator), colourful and camouflaged chameleons, oddly shaped insects, vivid frogs, graceful rays and turtles, several species of sharks, and humpback whales during the winter months. Trees and plants are just as impressive, be they the distinctively shaped baobabs, the fanning ravinala (travellers' palm), the hundreds of orchids or the spiny forests of the desert south.

The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes of an incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just 300km. Few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature. There are sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind – rain, dry, spiny – and a laterite-rich soil that gave the country its nickname of 'Red Island'. With 5000km of coastline, the sea is never very far, turquoise and idyllic in places, dangerous in others.

Making the best of Madagascar can be challenging (and expensive): it is the world’s fourth-largest island and its roads are dismal. For those who relish an adventure, however, this is a one-of-a-kind destination: the off-road driving is phenomenal, there are national parks that only see a few hundred visitors a year, regions that live in autarky during the rainy season and resorts so remote you’ll need a private plane or boat to get there. There are also more activities than you'll have time for: hiking, diving, mountain biking, kitesurfing, rock-climbing, you name it. Oh, and there are plenty of natural pools, beaches and hammocks on which to recover, too.

The Diego Suarez area is Madagascar's best kept secret, especially to those seeking paradise lost- it sees far fewer visitors." --LONELY PLANET

This trip will start in Nosy Be and after a few days of exploring we'll sail slowly NNE and follow our nose (there are a lot of islands on the way!), around the Northern Cape of Madagascar and into Sakalava bay.

Getting to Diego Suarez (Antasirana): There is an airport in Antasiranana with connections to the Capital of Antananarivo on Air Madagascar. Please note if you fly to Madagascar on Air Madagascar domestic flights are discounted 50%- save your air ticket for domestic purchases! You can also come overland, but it is a mission- the roads are pretty terrible in Madagascar and overland travel is slow but a hell of an adventure!

More information on Northern Madagascar:

Please note: Madagascar carries a Malaria and Dengue Fever risk and you'll need some immunizations like Typhoid and Yellowfever before you enter. Please check with the CDC well before your trip.

This film by F.One gives you a very good idea of what you can expect:

ANTANDROY by F-ONE from F-ONE on Vimeo.


  • "Paradise lost"
  • Cool places to stay and explore before and after the trip
  • Endless emerald flatwater kiting
  • Endless white sand beaches
  • Great land excursions, rarely visited National parks
  • Strange flora and fauna
  • WIND- LOTS and lots of wind!


  • As everywhere in Madagascar- malaria risk on land
  • Hard to get to
  • Unsure about wave quality


Cabin 1 - Charlie McKinney - Guests: Guests
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