Madagascar’s main attractions are unquestionably its phenomenal biodiversity and stunning natural landscapes. However, its idyllic Indian Ocean beaches with soft white sand lapped by turquoise waters are perfect for some rest and relaxation and should not be forgotten! Madagascar has some fantastic coral reefs, ideal for snorkelling and diving, and world-class dolphin and whale-watching.
Madagascar Beaches and IslandsThe remote, northern islands of Madagascar are idyllically unspoilt, despite four flights a week to from Italy to Nosy Be Island. These volcanic and coral Indian Ocean islands are truly spectacular. The sea is crystal clear for hundreds of kilometres at a stretch, the forests verdant and abundant with fruit and wildlife – and safe enough to walk barefoot. Wildlife is slightly goofy at times; lemurs hang by their feet out of trees, and chameleons google and shyly change colour before your eyes. Bright green lizards have improbably garish pink spots, and the common sparrow seems to have fallen in pot of carnelian red.
Nosy Be (‘big island’) in the Mozambique Channel is Madagascar’s most popular beach destination. While the west coast beaches are stunningly beautiful, the east coast boasts intricate coral reefs just offshore, and snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities are best on the other islets of the Nosy Be archipelago. Nosy Be offers a variety of accommodation options, including Tsara Komba Lodge, Tsarabanjina, Palm Beach and Royal Beach. Show me more >
Nosy Komba is a small island nestled between Nosy Be and the mainland in the Mozambique Channel, known for its population of black lemurs, lively local craft market and stunning beaches. Show me more >
Ile Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha) is a luxuriant island off the eastern coast of Madagascar. This is a real tropical island with endless deserted beaches overhung by coconut palms, and bays protected by vibrant coral reefs and lush vegetation. The Princesse Bora is the place to stay on Nosy Boraha. Show me more >
Nosy Ankao – Miavana Private Island
Miavana Private Island, designed by the creators of North Island in the Seychelles, is due to open in May 2017. Show me more >
The Mitsio archipelago lies some 50km from Nosy Be, accessible only by boat. This is the Maldives of Madagascar with crystal clear waters, outstanding white sand beaches, abundant marine life and world-class diving. One of the islands, Nosy Tsarabanjina (‘good-looking’) is made up of red, grey and black volcanic rocks with lush green vegetation clinging to them, including baobabs and pachypodium.