What a relaxing and friendly resort. Once again, we holiday to dive and our reviews are based on simple requirements, good diving, good food, competent staff and somewhere to wash and sleep.
Sakatia Lodge met all our requirements AND MUCH MORE. A beautiful setting, warm, very competent and friendly staff and management, well appointed,clean accommodation and stunning food. If fish is not your ideal food then the staff are happy to prepare alternatives for you. What a treat. Contrary to some other warnings, you MUST try the home made rum, ginger, lime, vanilla, coffee ++
Diving! it was fantastic, enhanced by the professional guidance from both Jacque José and Lappies. We were introduced to many species that we had never seen before. Sea horses, crocodile fish, short tail dragonfish, frogfish, giant tropical lobster (no I do mean giant) to name just a few. Jacque knows where to find it all and always adds a spin to the expedition, like allowing cleaner prawns to work on the inside of his mouth.(with a unexpected mouth full of moray eel)
There is good snorkeling directly in front of the lodge, plenty of white, fine sandy beach to play, walk or sleep on. The sea all around is FLAT and safe for play. The island is covered with foot paths for casual strolling or serious hiking. There are plenty of excursions to the other islands that include snorkeling, shopping, meeting lemur's etc.
The only problematic part of the holiday was getting there from South Africa. Air Madagascar have become a bit of a shambles so if possible, try and get a flight directly to Nosy Be and avoid the route via Tanna if you can.
All in, this was a stunning holiday, winter temperature's of 28 deg C and the sea was the same. We dived with 3mm full wetsuits for up 70 min per dive and at times 3 dives in a day. You MUST do at least one NIGHT DIVE while you are there. NITROX is available.
WELL DONE to the SAKATIA LODGE TEAM !!!!
- Also Known As:
- Sakatia Hotel Nosy Be
- Sakatia Lodge Madagascar/Nosy Be