Of all the places we booked for our Madagascar trip, this was the one I was most confident / excited about but unfortunately the one I connected least with. This was largely due to the fact that I think I got caught up in all the amazing reviews and didn't stop to think whether it would work for me. I realised pretty quickly when I got there that I'm not very good at doing absolutely nothing so really like having a pool when I'm somewhere like this which is so tidal that your swimming opportunities are limited, also you're on a small island so can't go any where, and it was also really sheltered so there is hardly any breeze - and basically I ended up feeling a bit claustraphobic and bored trapped on a deckchair in the shade when I wasn't diving which wasn't ideal! I also found it a bit irritating that they charged for use of kayaks and wifi (by all means limit availability but surely you should give a free allowance...). So I guess what I'm saying is make sure you don't make my mistake and think about whether this delivers what you want before you book. I'd also recommend that if you are going for a Ocean Bungalow you ask for one as far away from the generator as possible. Ours was right behind it and it was hugely noisy so I had to wear earplugs at night to try and block it out (so much for going to sleep with the sound of the sea!) and it wasn't relaxing being in our room when it was on. The rooms closest to the restaurant seemed better (they were fully booked so we couldn't swap), and gave you the added bonus of being close to where the lemurs come to eat mangos at night.
That aside, the food was outstanding (the best of our trip), and all the staff were super-friendly. Jacques and the dive team were fantastic - incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and organised - but I did find the diving from Sakatia pretty average (a combination of the fact I've been spoilt where I've dived, the poor viz when we were there, and luck of the draw that we didn't see much) and far preferred the day Jacque arranged for us at Nosy Komba. It was lovely being out on the boat nonetheless, and we saw whales despite it being very late in the season. The whaleshark snorkelling trip we did was also amazing.
So essentially not the right place for me unfortunately, but others obviously love it!
- Also Known As:
- Sakatia Hotel Nosy Be
- Sakatia Lodge Madagascar/Nosy Be