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Visiting Ankarana and Nosy Be from Diego Suarez

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Visiting Ankarana and Nosy Be from Diego Suarez

I am planning a trip to DS with 3 friends in August, we will have two weeks in total from about 18 August onwards. How much time should be set aside to get to Nosby Be and Ankarana. Also, any suggestions for things to do in the vicinity of Diego Suarez?

Many thans

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1. Re: Visiting Ankarana and Nosy Be from Diego Suarez

Two weeks is a good amount of time for that area. It is absolutely beautiful there and Diego is a relatively European / comfortable feeling town for Madagascar. Spend two or more days in ankarana, a day at mt amber. Depending on your preferences you could easily spend a handful of days in nosy be relaxing. The beaches around Diego are stunning and I'm not even a huge beach person. With two weeks you could explore some really remote islands and do a little sailing.

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2. Re: Visiting Ankarana and Nosy Be from Diego Suarez

As I know 2 weeks is enough to explore this place, you can start your trip in Diego, visit Emerald sea then 3 bays and then head to Amber Mountain then visit Red Tsingy and Ankarana reserve before driving down to Ankify where you can catch the boat to Nosy Be.From here you can visit Lokobe reserve, Nosy Komba and Tanikely is the best place for snorkeling, you can have city tour in Nosy Be (sacred tree, Mont Passot, Ylang Ylang Plantation)

August is the best time to visit Madagascar so try to book your flight so early.

Have nice trip!


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3. Re: Visiting Ankarana and Nosy Be from Diego Suarez

here is a non-exhaustive list of things you can do around Diego:

- visit the 3 Bays. Note that the Bay of Diego is the 2nd largest bay in the world.

- Orangéa-Cap Miné , an old colonial fort/base

- Red Tsingy

- Emerald Sea

- Amber Mountain

- Tsingy of Ankarana

- Montagne des Francais

- obviously the town of Diego Suarez- Antsiranana. Plenty of good restaurants there and perfectly safe to walk at night on the main street.

Please make sure you contact a tour operator which have a licence and legal authorization to organize tours. We often see " guides" who promote themselves to organize tours and fool their customers . You have the list of the members of the association of tour operators here:


If anything goes wrong, you would be able to complain.

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