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Madagascar Reef and Rainforests

The northern coast and islands of Madagascar evoke a classic tropical island paradise, with white coral beaches, clear blue waters and the scent of exotic spices on the breeze. The rainforests are teeming with endemic wildlife and the coral reefs offshore are equally full of life and colour. The north coast and islands of Madagascar are perfect for an active yet relaxing experience. With walks traversing the beaches, headlands and historic fortifications of the craggy coast plus lemurs, lakes and waterfalls of the forested hinterland to discover, the itinerary provides a comprehensive insight into this little-visited section of the island. A boat journey takes us to the 'scented island' of Nosy Be, where we enjoy a couple of nights at leisure. The fragrances of ylang ylang, frangipani, vanilla and cinnamon drift on the breeze as travellers can enjoy snorkelling, experience the vibrant island life or simply relax and leave the rest of the world behind.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
airport transfer (day 1 only)
6 nights in 2 star hotels on a twinshare basis (3 star upgrade on request)
1 night fully supported camping on a twinshare tent basis
group camping equipment including tent, mattress and bedding
English speaking local driver-guide (except Nosy Be)
local guide in Amber Mountain and Ankarana National Parks
permits and entry fees as listed in itinerary
tourist taxes
Hightlights
Visit the spectacular region of Nosy Be which is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches
Venture through the panoramic Amber Mountain National Park witnessing the exclusive array of plants and animals
Explore Ankarana Park and discover the lemurs and birds that inhabit the tropical region
Enjoy the panoramic scenery from the peak of Mont Passot and find a deeper connection with the natural world as you snorkel and scuba dive in the depths of the crystal blue waters
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $2,040
Start Location
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar
End Location
Madagascar
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
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ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival in Diego Suarez on Day 1 you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Please check at hotel reception for details of when to meet your driver guide if he/she ds not do your arrival transfer. We will visit the city and surrounding area, including Ramena Nofy Beach. Return to the hotel later in the day/ evening. (Hotel Le Colbert or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Allamanda Hotel or similar). Please note that arrival transfer is not included if arriving prior to Day 1, unless requested in advance (additional cost applies).
Day 2
In the morning, we embark on an excursion to traverse three of Madagascar's most colourful bays including the Bay of Sand Dunes and Pigeons Bay, whilst bearing witness to the stretch of magnificent white sand beaches of this tropical coast. In the afternoon, ascend through the tranquil setting of French Mountain (400m) and witness the exotic als and baobabs in a two hour walk leading to the summit, which offers a panoramic view of the entire region. At the end of the day, we will return to the hotel. (Hotel Le Colbert or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Allamanda Hotel or similar)
Day 3
This morning we will make our way to the compelling Amber Mountain National Park. Here, a walking tour will allow you to bear witness to the varied flora, magnificent waterfalls and crater lakes which honeycomb the region. Take the opportunity to discover the Crowned Lemur and the Sanford Lemur which are only found in Northern Madagascar. Overnight hotel in Diego Suarez. (Hotel Le Colbert or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Allamanda Hotel or similar)
Day 4
Today we will drive to the amazing Ankarana Park, south of Diego Suarez. We walk through the limestone massif viewing the awe-inspiring karst of the 'Little Tsingy'. We will explore the "bat" cave which is home to a diverse array of bats and birds we also search for lemurs. Relax and put your feet up at your evening camp in a lovely natural setting. (Relais de l'Ankarana or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Iharana Bush Camp) Note: tents, sleeping mattress and bedding are provided.
Day 5
This morning we will drive to the tropical port at Ankify, passing through coffee and cocoa plantations and the rustic village of Ambilobe. You will cross the crystal blue waters on a short motorboat ride (approx 1 hr) leading to Nosy Be, also known as Nosy Manitra - "The Scented Island". A soothing blend of frangipani, Ylang Ylang, vanilla and cinnamon scents are carried on the gentle breeze which brings a unique peace to the island. Being one of Madagascar's most popular destinations, Nosy Be offers visitors the chance to relax on the beautiful beaches, be adventurous and be blessed with some panoramic views from the peak of Mont Passot, experience the vibrant underwater world by snorkelling or scuba diving or just go with the flow of island life. All activities are optional and at own expense. (Nosy Lodge or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Vanila Hotel)
Days 6-7
Enjoy taking in the tropical paradise at leisure for the next two days. Excursions are offered to the smaller surrounding islands off Nosy Be, such as Nosy Komba with a chance to view the endemic black lemurs, and Nosy Tanikely which has exceptional snorkeling and scuba diving. A spice tour can be arranged or perhaps a ride into Hell-ville to visit the bustling daily market - a great place to pick up spices. (Be sure to check your home country's quarantine laws if you intend to take any spices away with you.) Sip a sundowner at the tiny rustic bar at the top of Mont Passot, taking in the breathtaking view of the seven sacred crater lakes. Or enjoy a sail upon a catamaran under the radiant Madagascan sun. Fishing and diving trips can also be arranged, or just simply enjoy a cocktail on the beach admiring the hues of the sunset. All activities are at own expense. (Nosy Lodge or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Vanila Hotel)
Day 8
Trip arrangements end this morning after breakfast at your hotel on Nosy Be. Airport departure transfers can be arranged at additional cost if required.