Nosy Be


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Nosy Be, Madagascar 

Immerse yourself in Madasgascar's largest and most popular destination, Nosy Be. This "Big Island" off the northwest coast is famous for its natural splendor and Ylang Ylang trees that make up a major part of the local economy. Spend the day hanging out with lemurs and chameleons at the Lokobe Reserve. Indulge in local cuisine like the diverse and delectable variations of Laoka. Then brave the highest peak on the island at Mont Lokobe or relax on the beaches of Befotaka Bay.


  • Port Name & Location
    Nosy Be Hell Ville Madagascar Cruise Port. Ship will ANCHOR OFFSHORE at this port.
  • Time Zone
    Standard Time Zone. GMT/UTC + 3 hours
  • Language
    The local language is Malagasy and French.
  • Currency & Shopping
    The local currency is the ariary.
    • Famous For
      The Ylang Ylang trees, which produce essential oils, make up the main economic activity on the island.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Nosy Be has had several names throughout its history, including Assada and Nosy Manitra, which means “the scented island.”
    • Fun Fact #2
      The waters between Nosy Be and Madagascar host a habitat for Omura’s whales, and allow the rare species to be researched by scientists.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Malagasy cuisine reflects the influence of the many migrants who have passed through Madagascar, including Chinese, Indian, and Southeast Asian.


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