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Hell-Ville is the largest city on the Madagascan island of Nosy Be. It is officially called Andoany, but is more commonly known by its previous name. It was named after Anne Chrétien Louis de Hell, a French admiral who was governor of Reunion Island from 1838 to 1841.

Get in[edit]

  • The Fascene Airport (NOS IATA) is on the northeast corner of Nosy Be and is the main arrival point for most visitors.
  • the Fascene Airport is 12 km from Hell-ville. and the taxi fare from the airport to Hell-ville is about 15,000 Ar.
  • Tsaradia Airlines has a one-way fare from Antananarivo to Nosy Be from as low as 338,700 Ar. Book via the airline's web page.
  • Ethiopia Airlines fly to Africa Europe and Asia via Addis Ababa
  • Airlink fly to Johannesburg.
  • Air Austrul fly via Reunion to Mauritius, Europe, India, Thailand. (You can use Air Austrul to fly to Toamasina via Reunion and Mauritius for £250).
  • Speedboats shuttle between the mainland port of Ankify and Hell-ville in 40 minutes for 15,000 Ar. 05:30-16:00. They work like a taxis-brousses and leave when full. There are taxis-brousses from Ankify port to Ambanja 5000 Ar, and from Ambanja there are taxis-brousses going south to Mahajanga or Antananarivo or north to Antsiranana Diego-Suarez.

Get around[edit]

  • From 06:00 till 20:00 there are collective taxis between Hell-ville and Ambatiloaka (15 minutes) 2000 Ar, and between Hell-ville and Djamandjary (25 minutes) 3000 Ar (July 2020). All the collective taxis go from the market in Hell-ville.
Map of Hell-Ville


  • Hell-Ville Market.


Beaches and just relax


  • BFV-SG Bank, Rue Passot. 24 hour ATM. Takes Mastercard, Visa card, America Express, Diners Club, Discover card, Union Pay.
  • Shampion Supermarket, Rue R De Fortin. 08:00-19:00. Large store.
  • LE Mall, 207 Route d Ambatoloaka, +261-34-47001571. 09:00-21:00. The biggest mall in Nosy Be. has a Leader price supermarket and a Telma cell phone store. coffee shop. banks. etc.
  • MCB bank, LE mall Route D Ambatoloaka. 24-hour ATM. Takes Mastercard, Visa card, Diners Club, Union Pay.
  • BOA Bank of Africa. 24 hours atm.. only visa card atm.
  • BNI, LE mall. 24 hours atm.. mastercard visa card atm.



  • Casa Mofo, Rur R De Fortin. 07:00-20:00. Nice cake and coffee shop.


  • Hotel Bellevue, Rur R Tsiomeko, +261-20-8661384. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. fan Single/double room with own bathroom. From 60,000 Ar.
  • Home Sakalava, Rue R Tsiomeko, +261-32-2170993. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. fan Single/double room with own bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. 65,000 Ar.
  • Tamana backpackers Hostel . R De Fortin Hell Ville town. Phone +261-3461 41836. Has Dorm beds from 39,000 Ar. double rooms from 99,000 Ar. has own restaurant overlooking the sea. bar. kitchen facilities.
  • Hot'ely Hotel Bd de I'lndependace. fan Double room with own bath room 50,000 Ar.
  • Rahim's Hotel Rue Poincare. Phone 0324024975. 23 fan rooms from 50,000 Ar.
  • Royal Pacifique Hotel. Dd Gen De Gaulle. phone 032 04 02830. fan double room with own bathroom 60,000 Ar.
  • Youth Hostel backpackers Ambondrona Beach. phone +261-320796158. dorm beds from 25,000 Ar. has own restaurant. kitchen facilities. near the Beach.
  • Klban Hotel Nosy Be, Route Ouest Diego/ Pont Tsara Nosy Be market 207 (adjacent to Nosy be supermarket), +261-34-3993020. Double rooms with bath. There's a swimming pool. It has a facebook page. from 65,000 Ar.


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