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Nosy Be

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Nosy Be is a resort island in northwestern Madagascar.


  • 1 Hell-Ville - Also known as Andoany, Hell-Ville is the main port town on the island, but most travelers will choose to stay on the island's beaches and avoid the bustle of this busy town.

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Nosy Komba - This island is just south of Nosy Be and is significantly less developed, with no cars on the island and only a handful of smaller resorts.
  • Nosy Tsarbanjina - This island is part of the Mitsio Islands, which are world famous for their scuba diving opportunities. Tsarbanjina is a private island that offers luxury accommodation to travelers with money to spare.
  • 2 Nosy Tanikely - A tiny, uninhabited island southwest of Nosy Be, this marine sanctuary offers world-class snorkeling and is also popular with scuba divers.


Accommodation in Nosy Be outside of Hell-ville can be very expensive (up to twice that of the mainland) and will often lack 21st century conveniences.

Get in[edit]

  • 1 Fascene Airport (NOS IATA) (is located on the northeast of the island). The airport has domestic and international flights. Ethiopian Airlines fly from Africa, Aisa, Europe via Addis Ababa. Airlink fly from Johannesburg. Air Austral fly from Bangkok, Mauritius, Chennai and Europe via Réunion. EWA Airlines fly from Dzaoudzi. Taxis are available from the airport and can take you to all points on the island. Fascene Airport (Q613657) on Wikidata Fascene Airport on Wikipedia
  • You can also travel to the Nosy Be by taking a speedboat from Ankify port to Hell-ville. Two car ferries also will take you from Hell-ville to Ankify, but these are much slower, and only recommended if you have to take a car with you.

Get around[edit]

  • There are taxis-brousses for 2,000 Ar per person.



  • Yacht Gecko (Crewed catamaran charter). Fully crewed charters inclusive of catered meals, all activities, fuel. Fishing, snorkelling, scuba, kayaking. Explore deserted beaches and uninhabited islands. Nice and steady so seasickness not a problem.



Stay safe[edit]

While the area is extremely popular with tourists and generally quite safe, an ugly incident occurred in 2013 in which two Europeans were burnt to death by a mob due to a belief that the duo was responsible for the grisly murder of an eight-year-old boy. Following the incident, France and Italy issued travel warnings.

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