The splendour of the tropical sun – 345 days of sunshine a year. Surrounded by beautiful small islands, Nosy Be is a land of dreams and adventure without equal. Nosy Be, where economic activity is increasingly directed towards the tourism sector has been expanding since opening its airport to regional and international aircraft. Air Madagascar, Corsair, Air Austral connect to Nosy Be from Europe daily.
Weather: Nosy Be in Madagascar is one of those rare islands that can be seen as a global paradise. The island has a warm and humid tropical microclimate, with an average temperature throughout the year of 26 °C. At Nosy Be there are only two seasons; the warm season (December to April) is also the rainy season, and the cool season (May to November) is the dry season.
Sailing conditions: Sheltered from the Indian Ocean swells and trade winds by the mountains of the mainland, the sea is calm and warm. Breezes of 10-15 knots allow idyllic sailing conditions ten months out of every twelve.
In January and February, during the heavy rains that fall on the east coast Madagascar, the Nosy Be region enjoys a privileged micro climate; temperatures vary little during the year (maximum of 29 °C to 31 °C and minimum 18 °C to 23 °C). Most sailing is done is along the coast of the mainland, between the islands and islets.
Flights: Many companies carry fly to Nosy Be such as Air Austral, Air France, Air Madagascar, Corsair, and Lufthansa with prices ranging from € 900 to € 2,000 approximately.
Papers: A visa and passport valid 6 months after return are required. Information for a visa to visit Madagascar at http://www.visa-office.fr/spip.php?article42
Vaccinations / Health: Vaccinations expected before departure: typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B. The usual vaccinations must be up to date, and preventive treatment against malaria is recommended
Time Difference: GMT +2 in summer and GMT +3 in winter
Currency: Malagasy franc and increasingly the Ariary which is not convertible outside the country.
Language: Malagasy and French