TWO JEWELS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN: THE ISLANDS OF KOMBA AND TANIKELY
Swimming, Meal included
A boat tour exploring two enchanting islands, where unspoilt nature prevails over the rule of man: underwater landscapes of rare beauty, luxuriant forests and curious animals, and crystal-clear waters just begging you to take a dip. A delicious restaurant lunch is the icing on the cake for this perfect day.
What we will see
- Nosy Tanikely
- Marine Reserve
- Trip to the lighthouse and swimming in the sea
- Nosy Komba
- Lemur park
- Lunch at the restaurant
What we will do
- We board our direct boat to the island of Nosy Tanikely, meaning small island in the local language.
- Nosy Tanikely is a small atoll to the south of Nosy Be, home to a Marine Reserve, a true tropical water paradise which, even at a depth of just a few metres, presents an ocean floor of exceptional beauty, rich in coral and sea fans, multicoloured fish and starfish of various shapes and sizes.
- In the company of our guide, we arrive on foot at the lighthouse that enjoys an enchanting view of the bay below and, looking towards the forest, we'll try to spot the fruit bats, also known as flying foxes, that are practically the only inhabitants of the island.
- We'll then stop at the beach for a swim in the unspoilt ecosystem of Nosy Tanikely and, with a bit of luck, we can encounter the sea turtles that are quite common in the area.
- We return to the boat and travel to Nosy Komba, where we find a small village with an evocative market of hand-made items.
- Having crossed the village, it's a pleasant walk to the lemur park. These graceful animals are a very rare species of primate, present in the wild only in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands. In the park we'll have the opportunity to admire some captive examples of the chameleons, boa constrictors and tortoises that populate the island.
- Next, a delicious fish-based lunch awaits us, which we will enjoy seated comfortably on the terrace of a restaurant facing the sea.
What you need to know
- Transport and facilities in Madagascar are not necessarily of the standard usually found in developed countries.
- The departure or our return will take place from alongside or from the pier depending on the weather and sea conditions.
- The local boats used in this excursion are generally quite small, so there is a risk that participants will get wet.
- To participate in this excursion you must be able to swim.
- The colour of the water, and visibility, may vary depending on the weather.
- Participants who wish to make the climb to the Tanikely lighthouse and join the walk in the Komba park are advised to wear comfortable shoes with a non-slip sole.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
- The marine plant life that populates the barrier reef has been known to cause mild skin irritation. We therefore recommend that participants with sensitive skin wear a T-shirt or top during the dive.
- There are bathroom facilities in the Tanikely area or at the restaurant.
- There will be a limited number of English speaking guides and if there are no guides available, the excursion will be led in French.