Northern Madagascar Epic Adventure

Sakalava Bay, Madagascar
Dates Jun 9 - Jun 18, 2020 (12 days)
Ports of CallAntasiranana, Madagascar and Nosy Be
Air76F
Water79F
Mean Avg Wind22 knots, ESE
Miles650

For serious adventurers only! This trip has it all. But kicking back and taking it easy isn't on the menu. This itinerary is truly an expedition and the likelihood of the wild unknown and some things not going quite according to plan is guaranteed. But the hardest thing about this one is you won't want to go home. If that excites you, read on!

We'll begin with a little warm up around Mahe in the Seychelles and some local cruising to get familiar with Discovery, do some offshore drills and get comfortable with the objective- which is sailing across 600 nautical miles of open ocean SSW to Northern Madagascar via the Farquhar outer islands (Farquhar atoll, Providence atoll, and St Pierre island). These are places with NO tourist infrastructure and a place very, very few people ever get to see. "Stunning" doesn't do it justice. Untouched, unspoiled, and RICH in wildlife. The kiting, snorkeling, fishing and just flat out adventure will be the stuff not even dreams can match. This is an actual real-world lost adventure!

Then it's off again for a sail to the northern tip of Madagascar (one of the most consistently windy spots on Earth). If you haven't seen it, watch F.One's film below of kiting in Babaomby and Sakalava bay. There may not be a better flat water kiting spot in the world. Launch off the stern of Discovery, come back for sashimi whenever you want.

"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." --LONELY PLANET

Getting to the Seychelles: Air France, Emirates, Kenya air and several others offer international flights to Mahe (SEZ). We'll pick you up right in the port! Leaving Madagascar depends a great deal on what you plan to do after you leave the boat. Exploring shouldn't be missed after traveling so far, but the roads are pretty miserable so choose your adventure. There is an airport at Antasiranana (Diego Suarez) with connections to the Capital of Antananarivo on Air Madagascar. Please note this trip is 12 days to account for the 3-5 day passage.

More information on the Seychelles:


More information on Northern Madagascar:
  • Northern Madagascar kitesurfing
  • Madagascar general info (Lonely Planet)

    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.

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



    Pluses

    • An opportunity to see islands only a handful have seen
    • Bonus days!
    • Farquhar islands on the way- INSANE!
    • SUPER windy Northern Madagascar
    • The adventure of a lifetime?
    • Three remarkable worlds, one trip
    • Wicked, wicked flatwater playground
    • Wind, wind, wind!

    Minuses

    • Long passage (with some nice stops!)
    • Pretty on the nose and strong

    Reservations

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    Cabin 1 - Michael Glass - Guests: Guests
    Cabin 3 - Michael Glass - Guests: Guests
    Cabin 4 - Michael Glass - Guests: Guests