Madagascar is located on the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia, and evokes feelings of discovery and adventure because of its rich and endemic biodiversity. There are many spots that are perfect for your next trip. The main ones are those in the area of Nosy Be, which offer sites of high quality diving.
This is a golden opportunity to swim among turtles, stringrays or manta rays.
Whilst Madagascar holidays can be enjoyed year-round, the principal wet season is from late December through to the month of March; often involving cyclones, it is probably best avoided! The best time to go to Madagascar is therefore between the months of April through to mid-December. Being prepared for all weather conditions is always recommended as weather patterns do not necessarily stick to the traditional seasons. Madagascar is a huge country and therefore climate varies hugely subject to your geographic location.
Madagascar reefs are world renowned for divers. You will see an infinity of multi coloured fish with exotic names continuously drawing arabesques in a fairyland of shellfish and corals of indefinable shapes. Clown-fishes, butterflies, lions, unicorns, napoleons or surgeons and the inoffensive whale-sharks are among the undersea fauna a diver might expect to encounter here.
The marine biodiversity is exceptional. There is an extraordinary profusion of varieties of fish.
Many diving centers in Madagascar will welcome you for your outings so you can meet marine animals that live in these waters: coral fish, sea turtles, and even large cetaceans. You won’t ergret your diving trip.
Beginners can practice snorkeling in the shallow waters of Nosy Be and Tulear.
Come and admire the underwater fauna that hide in the small rocks or the colorful corals of the seaside.
Along this coastal area there is one of the biggest coral barrier in the world. Ifaty and Mangily,
26 km to the north of Tuléar are the top spots, then follow Nosy Ve, just opposite Anakao,
a beautiful Vezo fishermen’s village, and Belo-sur-Mer to the south of Morondava.
The Nosy Be archipelago laying in the north west of Madagascar comprises over 15 dive sites reachable within 45 minutes by boat.
The reefs are world renowned for having more than 400 coral species and fish species from all over the Indian ocean.
Starting in late August until early December is the whale migration season
where Hump-Back whales and whale sharks are seen on an amost daily basis.
This island on the Eastern coast of Madagascar offers some beautiful diving grounds
like the Ile aux Nattes with two spots outside the lagoon and one under the wreck,
the tiny islands Ilots aux Sables with two natural aquariums with an extraordinary clear visibility, the island of aux Baileines,
formed on an outcrop of coral reef, Pointe a Larrée, a priviledged spot for pelagic fish and the Cocoteraire, an exceptional diving spot under a 30 m long wreck.
The best way of getting to Madagascar is to fly from London Heathrow to Nairobi (daily, overnight) and connect onwards to Tana. Alternatively, you could fly to Paris and connect (daily) to an Air France or Air Madagascar flight (11hr) – the latter uses planes leased from and run by Air France