Discover the wonders of northern Madagascar, followed by a dive adventure on Oceane's Dream to explore either the Radames or Mitsio archipelago where whale sharks and humpback whales are seasonal visitors.
Discover the fascinating wildlife and natural wonders of northern Madagascar on board Oceane's Dream. The itinerary includes a visit to Amber Mountain National Park, one of the most scenic in the country boasting an incredible wealth of wildlife, notably several species of lemur and the world’s smallest chameleon. Continue to Ankarana National Park with its spectacular karst scenery. Hike amongst the tsingy (limestone spires) and the dense forests where primates, birds and reptiles are regularly observed.
Your dive adventure begins in Nosy Be where you will embark on a liveaboard to explore relatively untouched dive sites amongst the remote northern islands. The area around the islands is renowned for encounters with humpback whales and whale sharks, both seasonal visitors.
Return to the capital, Tana, for a short stay to explore the local area before heading home after a trip of a lifetime.
Day1: Depart the UK for Antananarivo
Fly from London to Antananarivo (normally via Paris or Nairobi). You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation near the airport for an overnight stay.
Day2: Transfer to Joffre Ville via Diego Suarez
Transfer back to the airport after breakfast for a domestic flight north to Diego Suarez where you will be met on arrival. Enjoy a short city tour and picnic lunch before driving to your next accommodaiton in Joffre Ville. Check in to the Nature Lodge (or similar) for a two night stay.
Day3: Discover Amber Mountain National Park
Amber Mountain 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. Enjoy a full day excursion here today.
Day4: Transfer to Ankarana
After breakfast you will be transferred to your next accommodation in Ankarana. Along the journey you will have the chance to visit local villages the red tsingy and sacred lake. A picnic lunch is provided. Upon arrival in Ankarana, check in to the Relais Ankarana (or similar) for a two night stay.
Day5: Discover Ankarana National Park
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. Enjoy a full day excursion here today.
Day6: Transfer to Nosy Be
After breakfast you will be driven to Ankify for an onward transfer by speedboat to Nosy Be with its idyllic beaches, coral reefs and wonderful tropical ambiance. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation for a two night stay.
Day7: Explore Nosy Be
Today is yours at leisure to explore Nosy Be, the main hub for tourists wanting a beach stay. The island is covered with luxuriant vegetation, a paradise of perfumed plants such as ylang-ylang, vanilla, lemongrass and geranium. Take the opportunity to dive or enjoy a full or half day excursion to Lokobe Reserve, or Nosy Komba and Tanikely. Trips can be pre-booked or paid for locally.
Days8-12: Liveaboard diving in the Radames Archipelago
Today you will make your way to the Oceane’s Dream catamaran, your liveaboard for the next five days.
Set sail this afternoon for an adventure around the remote northern islands. Enjoy two dives a day on a mix of sites. 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. Large numbers of reef fish as well as barracuda, grouper, yellow tuna, eagle and stingrays and mantas are waiting to be discovered, whilst whale sharks and humpback whales are seasonal visitors. It's an incredible experience!
The boat offers two itineraries depending on the season, the majority of trips head to the Radames Archipelago with the alternative option being the magnificent Mitsio Archipelago to the north of Nosy Be.
Day13: Overnight on Nosy Be
Return to Nosy Be, where you will overnight at the same accommodation you stayed at prior to the liveaboard.
Day14: Transfer to Antananarivo
Enjoy a leisurely morning followed by a domestic flight back to Antananarivo (affectionately known as Tana). You will be met on arrival and transferred into town to the Palissandre Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay.
Day15: Explore Antananarivo
After breakfast you will begin a day exploring the local area including a visit to Ambohimanga Palace and the chance to pick up some souvenirs. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to your accommodation near the airport to check in for a half day to relax and freshen up for your flight. Later tonight you will be transferred to the airport.
Day16: Depart Madagascar arriving UK later same day
You should note: The liveaboard departs on a Saturday and is sometimes only available for full charter.
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 daysfrom £4,195 pp
When to go: Apr-Dec: Saturdays in season
Included in the price/package:
Flights from the UK
9 nights hotel/lodge accommodation (HB)
5 nights liveaboard (FB)
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 ylang-ylang.
Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, humpback whale, whale shark, grey reef shark, manta ray
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Reef diving
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
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
This itinerary is available on the liveaboard shown below.
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Departing from Nosy Be, this well equipped catamaran sails the remote northern islands of Madagascar. Dive untouched reefs, visit local villages and encounter exceptional wildlife both underwater and topside as a small group.