In the middle of the Indian Ocean stands the giant island of Madagascar, fifth largest island in the world. Each year, nearly 300,000 visitors explore the island’s treasures. Unfortunately there is a lot of misconception about this destination, and it is time to break some myths.
Diving in Nosy Be
To dive in Madagascar, most visitors go to Nosy Be, a large paradise island off the northwestern coast. Bordered by many bays and white sand beaches, Nosy Be is a haven of peace unique in the world! In this postcard environment, there are many accommodation facilities at all rates but also diving centers offering excursions to the best diving sites in the area. Ideal destination for a diving trip, Nosy Be shelters in its translucent waters an extraordinary biodiversity. You will see many types of sharks, manta rays, jacks, groupers and even dolphins and humpback whales depending on the season. The coral or rocky bottoms offer divers varied and colorful spots like great drop offs, caves and arches.
Which diving center in Nosy Be?
To discover these wonders underwater, we recommend the dive center FOREVER DIVE, the only dive center in Nosy Be held for more than 17 years by the same owner Sylvia TRELANCHE. This passionate, smiling, enthusiastic, dynamic and professional diver will use her 17 years of experience of the local dive sites, the sea and its inhabitants to make you live an unforgettable experience. Whether you are a beginner or experienced divers, the FOREVER DIVE diving club offers training or exploration dives at very competitive prices. The diving center offers to explore the best diving sites in Nosy Be such as the Camel Bench, Ankora , the enchanted forest or the Grand Bank.
Other fantastic treasures to discover
Madagascar is a rather unknown destination from the general public and deserves a more exposure.
Fauna and flora
The bio-geographical isolation of Madagascar, the variety of climates and reliefs have favored the development of a fauna and flora unique in the world, partly endemic. Moreover, over the past ten years more than 600 new animal and plant species have been discovered in the country.
Variety of landscapes
This eighth continent brings together a true mosaic of landscapes. The island is made of contrasts between the central highlands, consisting of granitic plateaus, hills, massifs, plains, basins, rivers and rivers while on the outskirts there are humid forests to the east and in the south of the more arid zones where the savanna predominates with the almost desert vegetation. A surprising topography that you will not see anywhere else.
Malagasy art flourished in the 20th century, with these pieces exported throughout Europe. However in recent years, a certain standardization is gaining craftsmanship that is becoming a consumer product for travelers. However it would be a shame to miss the sculpture of wood and semi-precious stones and the making of Lamba, a traditional piece of cloth.
Malagasy music is known for its creativity and enjoys, thanks to the internet of a wider audience internationally. Do not miss the traditional music concerts organized in the bars at night.
One of the criteria oh so important for us French, food. You should know that Malagasy cuisine is composed of Asian, Indian, Arab and African influences with basic ingredients, rice, bananas, coconut, seafood, fish, zebu and tomato. Do not miss the traditional dishes: romazava, ravitoto, pickles, or sambosa.
A destination a little outside the media
In recent years, the country that has so much to offer has rarely been under the fire of the media. The few times that we have heard of Madagascar have been heard on topics related to its chronic political instability or to narrate various marginal facts. Why not talk about natural treasures or actions on the fight against corruption, the development of solar energy in villages or the lack of mass tourism. Yet another reason to go discover this atypical country.