Sailing the remote islands of northern Madagascar on Oceane’s Dream is an unforgettable experience. Limited to small groups, the adventure includes untouched reefs, village visits and pelagic encounters in season.
Accommodation on board the Belize 43 catamaran includes four cabins with shower and toilet facilities for eight passengers. All meals are served from the galley direct to the communal lounge area and the boat is accompanied by a Zodiac. The friendly crew consists of a skipper, cook, dive instructor and deck hand.
Departing from Nosy Be on a Saturday, there are two five-night itineraries; departure on either is determined by the weather conditions. For the main part of the season the boat sails south to the Radames Archipelago (Apr to mid-Dec,) interspersed with trips to the Mitsio Archipelago in the north (Apr-May and Oct to mid-Dec). Offering a unique experience, the trips include diving remote islands and visits to local villages.
The first stop on the Radames itinerary is the sheltered Baie des Russes with its picture perfect land and seascapes. From here the boat navigates around the archipelago to dive sites in the Mozambique Channel and around immaculate tropical coral islands where an exceptional and diverse marine life awaits. Highlights include Greg’s Wall, a steep site with a deep cavern, home to trevally, dog tooth tuna and bonitos, and Banc du Cyclone, a gorgonian encrusted wall descending to the blue where schools of fusiliers, barracuda and huge grouper and Napolean wrasse can be seen. The trip also visits Nosy Iranja with its resident turtles.
Depending on local conditions, the alternative itinerary heads north to the Mitsio islands, renowned for their transparent turquoise waters, secluded bays and basalt rock formations such as the imposing Four Brothers, home to nesting sea birds. Diving highlights include the aquarium site of Les Tetons, Bank d’Ankarea with its plate corals and leopard sharks, and the Castor Wall with amazing gorgonians and patrolling grey reef sharks.
Both itineraries include a fascinating array of sites including shallow reefs, rugged canyons, arches, caves and coral encrusted wrecks. In addition, you can expect to encounter dolphin and manta rays, as well as whale sharks (Oct-Nov), humpback whales (Aug-Nov) and Omura’s (dwarf fin) whales (Oct-Dec). The itineraries are suitable for divers of all abilities and snorkellers are welcome. The water temperature is 26C on average, with visibility ranging from five to 30 metres.
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Enjoy two weeks discovering the fascinating wildlife and natural wonders of northern Madagascar including a liveaboard dive adventure exploring untouched reefs and islands where seasonal visitors include whale sharks and humpback whales.