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Explore the wonders of northern Madagascar, followed by a trip on board the Oceane’s Dream liveaboard yacht.

Visit Amber National Park, one of Madagascar’s most scenic parks, home to an incredible wealth of wildlife, including several lemur species and the world’s smallest chameleon. Another highlight is Ankarana, an astonishing limestone plateau, surrounded by formidable cliffs and walls, and a subject of a number of documentaries.

Then join Oceane’s Dream on their well-equipped catamarans, sailing the unexplored reefs and small, often uninhabited islands that surround Nosy Be. Previously unfrequented by divers, these rich waters offer easy and spectacular dives; along drop-offs, in caves or over the coral heads found in shallow water. Pristine reefs, unaffected as yet by global warming, are a photographer’s dream. Large numbers of reef fish as well as barracuda, groupers, yellow tuna, eagle rays, stingrays, and manta rays and whale sharks are waiting to be discovered, while humpback whales migrate past the islands from July to October.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Antananarivo

    Fly from London to Antananarivo (normally via Paris or Nairobi).

  2. Day 2: Antananarivo

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Tana Plaza in the centre of Antananarivo (known as 'Tana').

  3. Day 3: Diego Suarez

    Transfer to the airport and fly to Diego Suarez, then drive to the Hotel Colbert for a 3-night stay. Situated in the northern-most point of Madagascar, Diego Suarez’s sleepy charms, with a beautiful bay and the sacred islet ‘Nosy Lonjo,’ are a welcome contrast to the hubbub of Tana.

  4. Day 4: Amber Mountain

    Amber National Park is one of Madagascar’s most scenic parks. Thick forest is lush with diverse flora and fauna, tumbling waterfalls and crater lake. It is home to an incredible wealth of species, including the world’s smallest chameleon, which is less than an inch in length, and, of course, lemurs. Of the seven lemur species in the park, the most notable are the crowned, and Sanford’s brown lemur.

  5. Day 5: Explore the ‘Baies des Dunes et Sakalava’

    Visit French Mountain with views of the sugar loaf, then onto Sakalava and Dunes Bays, where there is time to relax on the beach and snorkel in the beautiful waters.

  6. Day 6: Ankarana to Ankify

    Ankarana has been the subject of a number of documentaries. An astonishing limestone plateau, surrounded by formidable cliffs and walls on which there are razor-sharp pinnacles or tsingy. The interior of the mountain is a honeycomb of huge caves, mostly unexplored, and in places the roof has caved in and sunken forests have grown. During times of war the Antakarana people hid in the caves, and signs of their presence remain, including sacred ancestral bones. Whether it’s the history, the tsingy, the caves or the extraordinary wildlife you are interested in, a visit to this area is truly an incredible experience.

    Leave Ankarana for a beautiful drive on to Ankify, where you will stay at Hotel Le Baobab.

  7. Day 7: Nosy Kombo & Tanikely

    Transfer by speedboat to Nosy Be with its idyllic beaches, coral reefs and wonderful tropical ambiance. En-route stop at the islands of Nosy Kombo, with black lemurs and friendly villagers, and Nosy Tanikely, to snorkel in the marine reserve with an incredible variety of marine-life.

  8. Day 8: Nosy Be

    Nosy Be is covered with luxuriant vegetation, a paradise of perfumed plants such as ylang-ylang, vanilla, lemongrass and geranium. It has been catering for tourists for a while and there are several hotels on the island; we suggest overnighting at either the L’Ylang Ylang or Vanilla Hotel.

  9. Days 9-13 : Liveaboard

    Join Oceane’s Dream on their well-equipped catamarans, sailing the unexplored reefs and small, often uninhabited, islands that surround Nosy Be. Previously unfrequented by divers, these rich waters offer easy and spectacular dives; along drop-offs, in caves or over the coral heads found in shallow water. Pristine reefs, unaffected as yet by global warming, are a photographer’s dream. Large numbers of reef fish as well as barracuda, groupers, yellow tuna, eagle, sting rays, manta rays and whale sharks are waiting to be discovered, while humpback whales migrate past the islands from July to October. With only four double cabins, you will practically have the reef to yourself! These comfortable, fully equipped catamarans offer a relaxing mix of sailing and diving, with time to explore some of those deserted beaches.

  10. Day 14: Nosy Be

    Return to Nosy Be, where you will overnight at the L’Ylang Ylang or Vanila Hotel.

  11. Day 15: Fly from Nosy Be to Tana and depart

  12. Day 16: Arrive UK

You should note: Liveaboard sometimes only available for full charter.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 16 days from £3,995 pp
  • When to go: Mar-Dec: Saturdays in season
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • Transfers
    • 8 nights hotel/lodge accommodation
    • 5 nights liveaboard
    • Most meals
Featured locations:

Nosy Be

More developed for tourism than other areas in Madagascar, the island of Nosy Be offers quiet and secluded beaches, good diving, wildlife, comfortable accommodation and wonderful cuisine. It is also renowned for the production of ylangylang.

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, humpback whale, whale shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Snorkelling

Montagne d’Ambre National Park

Created in 1958, Montagne d’Ambre was Madagascar’s first national park and derives its name from the coloured resin that oozes from some of the forest trees. It is a cool green mountain oasis in an otherwise parched landscape.

  • Excellent for: Wildlife

Ankarafantsika National Park

One of Madagascar’s last remaining areas of deciduous forest, Ankarafantsika is home to a number of endangered and endemic species of lemur and birds. The journey to the park isn't easy, but the reward of close encounters with its friendly wildlife is well worth the effort.

  • Excellent for: Wildlife