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A spot of R&R on Nosy Be, a sweet smelling paradise isle.

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A July 2005 trip to Nosy Be by Golem

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Quote: Having completed a fortnight of volunteer work in Madagascar's interior, the inevitable return to the real world was imminent. So, reining in thoughts of further adventures, I spent my last few days of freedom enjoying the pleasures of the paradise island that is Nosy Be.

A spot of R&R on Nosy Be, a sweet smelling paradise isle.

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Overview

Nosy Be - Sun, Sea And Sand Photo, Nosy Be, Madagascar
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Nosy Be In A Nutshell: The island's highlights in brief.Despite being undiscovered by the developers of the upscale resorts that have sprung up on more familiar Indian Ocean locales, Nosy Be is nevertheless the closest thing that Madagascar has to an outright tourist destination. Anyone looking for plenty of opportunities to swim in warm waters, stroll barefoot along palm-fringed beaches, and bask under a cloudless sky will not be disappointed by what they will find there. Nor will those wishing to combine the leisurely rhythms of tropical island life with an easy to digest, although somewhat watered down, taste of the country's unique culture and wildlife. Meanwhile, as I found, it is...Read More

Beachfront boarding at Hotel L'Ylang-Ylang.

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Hotel | "A spot of R&R at Hotel L'Ylang-Ylang."

Beachfront boarding at Hotel L'Ylang-Ylang. Photo, Nosy Be, Madagascar
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Ambatoloaka may once have been a rustic fishing village, but nowadays it is the epicentre of Madagascar's fledgling tourism industry. However, the opportunity to enjoy a tropical paradise straight from the glossy pages of a holiday brochure was enough to persuade me to spend a few days there before returning to London.Of the numerous small-scale establishments that have sprung up in the vicinity, my choice was the fairly typical, but very well-liked Hotel L'Ylang-Ylang. It provides beachfront accommodation for approximately 30 people, in two blocks that both overlook a pleasant courtyard garden. The newer of the pair offered the sole advantage of air-conditioning, rather than a fan, and the prospec...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2005

Beachfront boarding at Hotel L'Ylang-Ylang.
Ambatoloaka
Nosy Be, Madagascar
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Hitting the road to Hell-Ville

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Attraction | "Hitting the road to Hell-Ville."

Hitting the road to Hell-Ville Photo, Nosy Be, Madagascar
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There usually comes a time, even during the most exotic getaways, when dull practicalities need to be attended to. During my stay on Nosy Be, visiting the bank, sending postcards, and reconfirming flight tickets all became necessary, ensuring that a taxi ride from Ambotoloka to Hell-Ville was inevitable. Although to be honest, visiting such a deliciously named place would have likely been too much for me to resist anyway.My visit started at the colonial cemetery, which marks the beginning of town, but is nevertheless still a forgotten place that nature seems determined to reclaim. Lush tropical vegetation sprouts wildly among the imposing mausoleums and humbler tombs of the administrators, m...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2005

Hitting the road to Hell-Ville
Hell-Ville
Nosy Be, Madagascar

Lemurs of Nosy Komba

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Attraction | "A close encounter with the lemurs of Nosy Komba."

Lemurs of Nosy Komba Photo, Nosy Be, Madagascar
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Anyone visiting Madagascar will at some stage come across fady, traditional taboos such as those found on Nosy Komba that holds the resident lemurs to be sacred and thus safe from any interference. The combination of the small volcanic island's close proximity to Nosy Be, the nearby holiday hotspot, and the resident population of adorable and far-from-timid animals has made it the nation's most visited "wildlife" attraction. After all, few people can resist the unique prospect of getting up close and personal with these creatures whilst in the area. And being no exception myself, I joined one of the many excursions that go there.As we bounced across the waves, the first glimpse of our...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 16, 2005

Lemurs of Nosy Komba
Nosy Komba
Nosy Be, Madagascar

Taking a slow boat to Lokobe.

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Story/Tip

Slow Boats - Ready To Go? Photo, Nosy Be, Madagascar
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A chance encounter.Clearly the most sensible epilogue to my few hectic weeks in Madagascar would have been having an utterly relaxing stay on Nosy Be before returning home. But good sense has rarely come naturally to me and neither has being a beach bum, even when in the midst of such undeniably fine surroundings. So inevitably, it was not long before I started yearning for previously cherished pleasures of the country's wilder places. However, having already found Nosy Komba's supposed charms to be actually quite distasteful and knowing that Lokobe, the only reserve in the region, was off limits to tourists, my hopes of rekindling the love affair were admittedly not high.Fortun...Read More

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Golem

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St Kilda, Australia

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