Nosy Be to S Madagascar- the WILD coast!

Nosy Iranja islands
Dates Aug 9 - Aug 20, 2021 (12 days)
Ports of CallNosy Be and Toliara, Madagascar
Mean Avg Wind22kts, SE

About Nosy Be:

"The air is perfumed with ylang-ylang and vanilla, and the pace of life is as slow and drawn out as the island's killer sunsets. As the sky turns pink and purple and the last rays of sun make silhouettes of the wooden pirogues and women clad in bright sarongs walking home with the days catch in buckets on their heads. This event, which starts at around 5:45 pm and manages to stretch on for an hour is more intense and captivating than any movie you will ever see.

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

We'll start in and around the many, many islands of Nosy Be, then when the time is right sail down the west coast all the way to Toliara, gunk holing and stopping at whatever looks interesting. Which means- we might never get there! Rum distilleries, vacant beaches, humpback whales, manta rays, reliable wind, protected seas, killer won't want to go home!

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.

Getting to Nosy Be: Air Madagascar links the Capital of Antananarivo with Nosy Be (Fascene airport) daily. 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 and overland travel is slow but a hell of an adventure! If you come overland you will take a ferry from the mainland to Nosy Be, where we will pick you up. The trip ends in Toliara, which is a two day pretty wild drive back to Antananarivo, or a domestic flight.

More information on Northern Madagascar:


  • A passage few have ever done
  • Delicious seafood
  • Easy place to lose track of time
  • Great diving, whales, whalesharks, mantas...
  • Great land excursions
  • Known as some of the most beautiful islands and beaches on Earth
  • LOTS and lots of islands
  • Marine reserve
  • Ride the "islands of perfumes"
  • Tranquility
  • Volcanic lakes, unusual flora and fauna


  • Difficult to reach (but easier than most of Madagascar!)
  • Long passage (but should be a great, protected sail)


Cabin 1 - Rebecca Stirling - Guests: Guest
Cabin 3 - Ted Kiefer - Guests: Guest
Cabin 4 - Juan Asuaje - Guests: Guest