Madagascar north tour, the assets of Nosy Be and Diégo Suarez

Madagascar north tour, the assets of Nosy Be and Diégo Suarez


The assets of Diégo Suarez and Nosy Be

This seaside discovery tour is part of the 10 days tour in Madagascar.

This northern itinerary of Madagascar in the Nosy Be and Diégo Suarez or Antsiranana region makes you discover the essentials of the northern part of Madagascar. To start the journey, set off from Nosy Be to discover the Tsingy of Ankarana and its astonishing massifs in the shape of cathedrals. Then go to Diégo Suarez, the land of bays and lagoons, passing through Tsingy Rouge. Walks, landscapes, swimming, beaches and many other activities await you in Sakalava Bay, Pigeons Bay, Dunes Bay and the Emerald Sea. Then, returning to Ankify, take a mountain bike ride in the Sambirano Valley in the middle of green landscapes for a visit to the plantations of cocoa, coffee, vetiver, vanilla, ylang-ylang, pepper…a whole state of vegetation that makes you feel the natural aroma. Finally, in Nosy Be, visit the Lokobe reserve and the possibility of a getaway to Nosy Sakatia and other activities. The beautiful view of Mont Passot offers you a panorama and the view of the lakes of Nosy Be. And to spice up the Nosy Be Diégo northern circuit, greet Nosy Iranja or Turtle Island, a jewel in the northern part of Madagascar.

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Departure city

Nosy Be

Duration Type Axis Level Availability
10 days/9 nights Seaside-discovery North 1 All the year



Day1: Arrival at Nosy Be airport

Nosy Be airport reception

Transfer to the hotel

Transfer to the hotel where you will spend your night 

Day 2: Nosy Be / Ankify / Mahamasina (150 km)

Crossing Nosy Be to Ankify fishermen village by speedboat in 45 minutes. Then, leave to reach Mahamasina where the Tsingy of Ankarana or Ankarana National Park is located.

Green and flavored landscapes (cocoa, coffee, vetiver, vanilla, ylang-ylang, pepper, etc.), people, culture

Overnight at the Lodge

Day 3: Visit of Ankarana National Park

Guided tour in Ankarana National Park. On the way to discover the Tsingy of Ankarana which is a limestone rock massif in the shape of a cathedral. A hike of 3h to 3h30mn depending on the performance.

Assets of Ankarana National Park:

Mandresy caves, endemic lemurs of the northern region (coronatus lemurs), fauna and flora, fruit bats of Madagascar or Madagascar flying fox bat, panoramas, viewpoints, ankarana loss of water…

Overnight at the Lodge  

Day 4: Mahamasina / Diego Suarez or Antsiranana (165km)

On the way to Diégo Suarez and do not forget the visit of the Red Tsingy ou Tsingy Rouge located 1 hour from the National Road 6.

Tsingy Rouge, landscapes, people and culture

Overnight at the Hotel 

Day 5: The 3 bays of Diégo Suarez

On the way by car in around 45 minutes to discover the 3 bays of Diégo Suarez.

The bays of Diégo Suarez offer you magnificent landscapes. Walk from 2h to 2h30mn along the coast starting with the Bay of Sakalava, then the Bay of Pigeons and the short coastal hike ends in the Bay of the dunes.

Coastal walk, discoveries, exchanges, people and culture

Overnight at the Hotel 

Day 6: The Emerald Sea or Mer d’eméraude

Transfer by car or dhow from Diégo Suarez to this immense lagoon.

Beach, diving, natural aquarium, lunch on the beach…

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 7: Diego Suarez / Ambanja / Ankify (215 km)

Go early for the Diégo Suarez Ankify path and before reaching the Ankify embarkation point, make a visit of Sambirano Valley by mountain bike with its large plantations of ylang-ylang, coffee, vanilla, vetiver, pepper and especially the famous cocoa plantation of Madagascar.

Mountain biking, landscapes, discoveries

Overnight at the Lodge 

Day 8: Ankify / Nosy Be

Crossed Ankify Nosy Be in 45 minutes by speedboat.

Then, on the way to the Lokobe Strict Nature Reserve, a well-deserved detour.

Hiking, some species of lemurs

Free afternoon or Nosy Sakatia getaway possible

Overnight at the hotel 

Day 9: Nosy Be Mont Passot

Visit of Mont-passot, the summit of Nosy Be which offers a beautiful view of the lakes. Then, discovery of Nosy Iranja or the turtle island which is one of the satellite islands of Nosy Be.

Or the opposite

The Nosy Iranja satellite island and then Mont-Passot’s sunset

Panoramas, landscapes, Nosy Be paradise islet

Robinson and diving, dolphins and whales watching in nosy be allowed.

Dolphins and whales watching period in Nosy Be: From August until the end of the year but the high season remains October and November

Overnight at the hotel 

Day 10: Nosy Be

Free day

Strolling, beach, crafts, shopping…

Transfer to the airport

End of the Nosy Be Diego Suarez circuit

Here, we suggest above a tour model of Nosy Be tour and Diego Suarez tour still modifiable because the North of Madagascar offers a wide choice of touristic activities and themed travel.


– Visits of the reserves, more nosy be touristic sites, craftsmen, exchanges with the locals

– Tour of Nosy Be by boat

– Visit of the surrounding islands of Nosy Be

Mitsio Archipelago (Nosy TsaraBanjina, Quatre Frères, Nosy Mitsio, Nosy Ankarea), Radama Archipelago, Nosy Fanihy, Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Raty, Nosy Sakatia, Nosy Komba

– Deep sea fishing

– Diving stay

– Whale Safari

– Cruise stay to Diégo Suarez

– Cruise stay to Majunga

– Kite surfing and wind surfing

– Walk and hike


– Equestrian

– Quad…


– The mountain of Amber

– The beautiful beach of Ramena

– The Nosy Be mountain of the French or Montagne des Français

– Go kite-surfing and windsurfing in Baobaomby

– Joffre Ville


– Boat trip

– Fishing

– Quad…


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