Private crewed and guided sailing charters available from May - November
The Sailing Collective Nosy Be, Madagascar adventure sailing vacation takes travelers to the edge of the old world - travelers who desire nothing more than seeing the world for what it used to be. Lemurs, chameleons, majestic rock formations, a coastal people living self-subsistently as they have been for thousands of years, the Madagascar voyage will eliminate your horizon.
This is a guided tour with a custom packages available with 7 nights aboard and from 3 + nights for the extended resort accommodations. The Sailing Collective guide accompanies the group during the stay giving land assistance and on the ground travel support as you make your way to Madagascar. Each boat comes with a local guide and a Malagasy chef during the 7 night sailing journey. Hotels at eco-friendly resorts are sorted by the Sailing Collective travel team with travel concierge included.
There are 7 catamarans to choose from and we can accommodate from a private single charter boat up to 4 catamarans sailing during the 'flotilla'.
Contact the Sailing Collective journey coordinators to receive custom pricing for your adventure sailing voyage through Nosy Be, Madagascar:
For our most remote and most adventurous sailing ground look no further than Nosey Be in Madagascar, Nosy Be means "big island" in the Malagasy language and during the course of the week we’ll circumnavigate Nosey Be and explore many of the surrounding island communities. Nosy Be is located in the northern Mozambique channel, North-West of Madagascar, one hour from the capital Antananarivo by plane. The Mozambique channel is one of the most biodiverse saltwater ecosystems on the planet and Nosy Be is the ideal starting point for an unforgettable cruise to see it. We will sail to Nosy Komba, Sakatia, Iranja, Mitsio, and Tanikely. Expect to see incredible wildlife, and gorgeous scenery but the real reason to come to madagascar is the Malagasy culture. Sail an island chain where subsistence living off the sea is a rich tradition practiced intentionally to this day.
Upon arriving in Nosey Be take a taxi from the airport to meet your captains at the selected hotel. We’ll have dinner together on the first night and talk about what’s to come. Board the boats in the morning and get situated. The bulk of the morning will be safety instruction and getting settled in to your new home for the week. Shortly after lunch we’ll drop the mooring lines and make our way around to Nosey Komba where we’ll drop anchor and sail for seven days around Nosy Be, Madagascar. Please text your captain if you have any travel delays. We recommend ensuring connectivity to a messaging service such as iMessage, Viber, Whatsapp, or SMS until you reach the boat.
Fascene Airport (IATA: NOS, ICAO: FMNN) is an international airport located on the island of Nosy Be, just off the northwest coast of Madagascar, in the Diana region. Despite being just a single runway amongst grazing land with a open air terminal, the airport is one of the busiest in the country.
ONLY Two flight options:
1) Fly Air Austral from France via layover in Reunion then onto Nosy Be. Air Austral has very limited flights and the best possible flights for this trip depart Paris on Wednesday May 20th and return to paris on Sunday May 31st. Please book flights as soon as possible to secure your spot on this airplane if you want the most direct route to and from the trip.
2) Fly via Antananarivo with direct flights daily to Nosy Be on Air Madagascar.
TRANSPORATION FROM AIRPORT TO MARINA
Once you arrive in Nosy Be, you can rent a car or take a taxi to the resort we will choose ahead of time to settle in before the start of the sail on Saturday day 1.
Nosy Be, being on the North-West side of Madagascar, is largely sheltered from the South-East Monsoon, which means that througout most of the year, we have thermal winds; during the day moderately from the sea, during the night lightly from the land. This keeps the waves to a minimum and makes the area a relaxed sailing experience.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.
Sailing Collective provisions each boat with local foods and produce from the region. Included in the provisioning package includes:
7 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 3 Dinner, Snacks*, Water, Light beverages
Not included in provisioning package:
Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Wine, Beer, etc.
Cooking Aboard: Passengers and crew cook family style aboard with cooking enthusiasts welcomed. Sailing Collective skippers and crew are all talented cooks as well and will prepare meals as well. Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form.
The hotel has 35 individual bungalows all facing the sea and offering a breathtaking view of the bay, design and architecture of Madagascar, a true source of disorientation and pledge of rest and well-being. Each bungalow with a living 77m2 with outdoor veranda is equipped with a double bed with mosquito net, a living room annex acting for families with children, a bathroom area with shower, double vanity and WC safe, fridge, air-based dual bag and wardrobe. Bungalows, all identical, are built to order for a single person, a couple and a family up to three children or adolescents. Restaurant of the hotel front sea is there for you to enjoy and discover the flavors of Nosy Be with its natural products and accompanied by vegetables from our garden. There is a lounge bar, upstairs restaurant, open all day until midnight, it will allow you to sample rums "house" and other drinks with and without alcohol. Bungalow prices range from $50 - $100 a night.
Today you discover Nosy Komba island, the kingdom of the friendly lemurs. Nosey Komba houses a reserve for ring tailed lemurs that you can visit on a morning hike that meanders through little back alleys into the hills on the island. Small markets line the dirt paths that meander through the town, where gorgeous local handcrafts are available for sale, and snack bars serve the fishermen on the beach.
The archipelago of Nosy Mitsio lies 45 miles north of Nosy Be. It is an idyllic archipelago with tiny tropical islands covered in lush vegetation, pure white sandy beaches littered with shells, and turquoise waters. There are about a dozen islands, ranging from the large Grande Mitsio to the tiny Quatre Freres Islands, home only to seabirds. Sailing to these from Nosy Be it is not unusual to see dolphins and turtles as they come up for air and even humpback whales at the right time of year. La Grande Mitsio is the largest island and has the small villages of Antakarana and Akalava. The villagers still survive by farming, cattle, and goats, and their main mode of transport is pirogues (the traditional sailboats), some of which are very big and do trading runs to the mainland. We will eat lobster and fresh fish caught by local fisherman and delivered to the boat.
Nosy Iranja, 30 miles south of Nosy Be, is made up of two islands conjoined by a bank of white sand, which is submerged at high tide (Nosy Iranja Be: the big, and Nosy Iranja Kely: the small). The island has many attractions and amenities, one of the most notable being that it is an important breeding reserve for hawksbill turtles. The setting is idyllic, stunning beaches surround a lush tropical island covered with coconut palms, Filaos trees and tropical flowers. The bird life is diverse and remarkable and the island is also home to huge Coconut crabs. The northern (bigger) island, Nosy Iranja Be, is home to a small village, inhabited by the local fishermen and a lighthouse designed by Gustav Eiffel. The lighthouse is abandoned.
The so called Orchid Island is an unspoiled piece of paradise only 1km west of Nosy Be, offering excellent snorkeling, diving and moderate hiking. Sakatia is only six kms long and two wide. The population (300 people) is spread over three villages and lives off both the fisheries and crops. The inland is pretty hilly and it offers beautiful hikes, especially at higher elevations. The southern tip of the island is still a virgin forest inhabited by the smallest chameleon of the World (1 cm) and many other species such as fanihy (giant bats). It’s relatively untouched by tourism, so is the perfect place to hole up and enjoy the real Madagascar, away from the crowds. On Sakatia, where there are no roads, only footpaths, you can wander among the giant ferns, check out the birds and beasties, laze on the beach or don mask and snorkel and explore the underwater world for which the island is rightly famous. And if you’re a scuba diver you’ve come to the right place; Sakatia has its own NAUI approved dive centre and offers the full gamut of dive courses. The diving is easy — all dives are boat dives, but most are just a short distance from the launch site. The island is fringed by coral reefs and there’s plenty of fun to be had in the channel between there and Nosy Be. In addition to colorful coral you are likely to see giant cucumbers, turtles, sponge crabs and, at night, exquisite Spanish dancers, so the sites are great for novices to learn the trade or for night dives. There’s also plenty of challenging diving for the adventurous. Huge extensive reefs surround Sakatia and Nosy Be and at their edges are exciting walls and drop-offs, some exciting drift dives and a wreck off Ambatoloaka.
The Bay of Russians (or Ambavatory Bay) lies on the coast of the Virgin Islands, North 25 kilometres of Nosy Be. It lies at the tip of the Ampasindava peninsula. The bay is a real shelter for passing ships and is being used long time anchorage area. The marine environment is remarkable for its beauty and biodiversity. This region is known for the presence of dolphins, whale sharks and manta rays. The humpback whales mate and give birth in this area. The beaches also serve as nesting place for sea turtles while many fringing coral reefs are real natural aquariums. The forests are inhabited by lemurs, wild pigs, bats and birds is represented by one of the rarest raptors (50 couples in the world), Pygargue Madagascar (Haliaetus Vociferoides). Some villages are located nestled the coast and live mainly on fishing, animal husbandry and the cultivation of coconuts. The Bay of Russians has beautiful white sand beaches lined with coconut trees and filao. The most beautiful are Ampoahana, Mahavanona, Ampasimena and Angidroka. Russian bay is where the malagasy term “Mora Mora” (translates to “slowly slowly”) really starts to sink in as a way of experiencing the world. A local guide will take you on a wilderness hike where if you take the time to listen you will see the biodiverse complexity of the Malagasy ecosystem. Wander the beach of a village with no roads and no docks and see the sailing canoes return home with the days catch unloading on the beach. The sail back from Russian Bay brings you back to the lively bustle of Helle-ville where the buzz of the local markets will start to ease you back towards reality for your journey home.
Four Double Cabins with Private Bathroom
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