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Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel Islands Cruise (From Nosy Be)

Discover Northern Madagascar and the Islands of the Mozambique Channel the best way: By small ship. Hop from island to island in perfect harmony with this unspoilt paradise. Nosy Hara, Nosy Tanikely , Nosy Komba, Nosy Mitsio all located in the Mozambique Channel will capture your senses.

Snorkel or dive and watch an amazing underwater world. Visit the Amber Mountain and the Ankarana National Park and discover amazing landscapes such as the famous “ Tsingys” areas of Madagascar and sight varieties of lemurs and other fauna. Discover Madagascar, once described as "Noah's Ark adrift the Indian Ocean"

Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel Islands Cruise (From Nosy Be) itinerary:

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Day 1 - Nosy Be
Embarkation - 3 to 10 pm
Day 2 - Nosy Be - Nosy Mitsio
Early morning departure for Mitsio Island. The Mitsio Archipelago is a collection of 12 small islands 40 nautical miles of which La Grande Mitsio, is the biggest and the only one which is inhabited by farmers and fishermen villages of Antakarana and Akalava. While sailing into the archipelago, you will see bottle nosed dolphins and green turtles but the arrival is even more breathtaking, as you slowly navigate amongst tiny tropical islands, lush with tropical vegetation and dotted with powder-white beaches. It is known for its huge basalt columns, resembling organ pipes. Our optional half day excursion will feature a climb up the highest hill on Nosy Ankarea (219m), which will reveal spectacular views of the entire archipelago. We will also meet local fishermen and hear of their traditions. After our beach BBQ, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the sea and coral reefs before our dinner under the stars. Overnight at sea to Antsiranana/ Diego Suarez
Day 3 - Antsiranana - Diego Suarez
Morning arrival in Antsiranana or Diego Suarez is an old colonial port located inside the 2nd largest natural bay in the World which can be best discovered by joining our optional 1/2 day tour. Time will be spent to discover monuments of the ancient colonial times such as the old market, the former Hotel de la Marine, the old military building and of course the city’s vibrant market. Overnight in port
Day 4 - Diego Suarez
Antsiranana / Diego Suarez are also the gateway to the Amber National Par - Amber Mountain. During this optional full day tour you will discover a tropical forest , volcanic lakes, waterfalls such as the Sacred Waterfall - all at an altitude of 800 to 1,400 meters and of course a rich fauna such as Mongoose, Lemurs and fossas. Overnight in port
Day 5 - Diego Suarez - Nosy Hara
Early morning departure for Nosy Hara, sailing around the Northern tip of Madagascar. Mid day arrival in Nosy Hara. The island is part of a 12 island archipelago. Nosy Hara is inhabited and is now a WWF protected marine park. The island is a perfect example of the unique Malagasy ecotype, with striking limestone formations eroded by the sea and wind. The island is home to the almost extinct the endemic Madagascar fish-eagle who is almost as large as the American bald eagle. Late evening sailing to Sakatia. Overnight at sea
Day 6 - Nosy Sakatia
This morning we reach Nosy Sakatia - Orchid Island - an un-spoilt island inhabited by a population of 300 spread in 3 villages. Our optional half day excursion will discover the hilly area of the island and its lush vegetation of exotic trees as well as its fauna which includes the smallest chameleon in the world ( 1 to 11/2 cm long) Overnight at anchor
Day 7 - Nosy Sakatia - Nosy Iranja
Early morning departure for Nosy Iranja. Iranja Island is in fact made up of two islands - Big Iranja and small Iranja connected by a bank of white sand, which is submerged at high tide. Iranja is home of a small community of fishermen and of the endangered Green and Hawksbill turtles which lay their legs there. The coastline around is also home to humpback and bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks and of whales in August. The island has a quaint lighthouse once designed by Gustave Eiffel. Overnight at anchor
Day 8 - Nosy Iranja - Nosy Tanikely - Nosy Komba
Early morning departure for Nosy Tanikely. Nosy Tanikely is a tiny island surrounded by patches of shallow coral and sandy beaches. The only inhabitants are the occasional day tourists coming from Nosy Be island and the famous giant fruit-bats or flying foxes. The island is a marine life paradise with coral reefs. Thousands of fish and occasional humpback whales can be seen at any time due to amazing underwater visibility. This is a morning at leisure for amazing snorkeling swimming or diving. After lunch we sail to nearby Komba Island. Early afternoon arrival at Nosy Komba (Lemur Island), a small / round shape volcanic island with a peak culminating at 600m. Komba's population lives in Ampangorinana, along the northern beach. The other inhabitants are the 5,000 black lemurs - sacred and thus safe from any danger - which are adorable and far-from-timid animals. Our optional afternoon excursion will allow you to visit the island. Afternoon at anchor
Day 9 - Nosy Komba - Ankify - Nosy Be
Early morning departure for Ankify, a port on mainland Madagascar.The quiet port of Ankify is our gateway to the Ankarana National Park, offering dramatic landscapes in this unique region. Our optional full day Ankarana Park excursion will allow you to discover lush forest home to primates such as crowned, brown or black lemurs. Heavy erosion has resulted in creating striking landscapes of grey limestone spires (as opposed to the red Tsingy found in the north). Cave labyrinths are home to bats and to the world's only known cave-living crocodiles. We return to the ship and sail to Nosy be. Evening arrival in Nosy Be. Overnight in port.

Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel Islands Cruise (From Nosy Be) reverse itinerary:

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Early morning departure for Ankify, a port on mainland Madagascar.The quiet port of Ankify is our gateway to the Ankarana National Park, offering dramatic landscapes in this unique region. Our optional full day Ankarana Park excursion will allow you to discover lush forest home to primates such as crowned, brown or black lemurs. Heavy erosion has resulted in creating striking landscapes of grey limestone spires (as opposed to the red Tsingy found in the north). Cave labyrinths are home to bats and to the world's only known cave-living crocodiles. We return to the ship and sail to Nosy be. Evening arrival in Nosy Be. Overnight in port.
Early morning departure for Nosy Tanikely. Nosy Tanikely is a tiny island surrounded by patches of shallow coral and sandy beaches. The only inhabitants are the occasional day tourists coming from Nosy Be island and the famous giant fruit-bats or flying foxes. The island is a marine life paradise with coral reefs. Thousands of fish and occasional humpback whales can be seen at any time due to amazing underwater visibility. This is a morning at leisure for amazing snorkeling swimming or diving. After lunch we sail to nearby Komba Island. Early afternoon arrival at Nosy Komba (Lemur Island), a small / round shape volcanic island with a peak culminating at 600m. Komba's population lives in Ampangorinana, along the northern beach. The other inhabitants are the 5,000 black lemurs - sacred and thus safe from any danger - which are adorable and far-from-timid animals. Our optional afternoon excursion will allow you to visit the island. Afternoon at anchor
Early morning departure for Nosy Iranja. Iranja Island is in fact made up of two islands - Big Iranja and small Iranja connected by a bank of white sand, which is submerged at high tide. Iranja is home of a small community of fishermen and of the endangered Green and Hawksbill turtles which lay their legs there. The coastline around is also home to humpback and bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks and of whales in August. The island has a quaint lighthouse once designed by Gustave Eiffel. Overnight at anchor
This morning we reach Nosy Sakatia - Orchid Island - an un-spoilt island inhabited by a population of 300 spread in 3 villages. Our optional half day excursion will discover the hilly area of the island and its lush vegetation of exotic trees as well as its fauna which includes the smallest chameleon in the world ( 1 to 11/2 cm long) Overnight at anchor
Early morning departure for Nosy Hara, sailing around the Northern tip of Madagascar. Mid day arrival in Nosy Hara. The island is part of a 12 island archipelago. Nosy Hara is inhabited and is now a WWF protected marine park. The island is a perfect example of the unique Malagasy ecotype, with striking limestone formations eroded by the sea and wind. The island is home to the almost extinct the endemic Madagascar fish-eagle who is almost as large as the American bald eagle. Late evening sailing to Sakatia. Overnight at sea
Antsiranana / Diego Suarez are also the gateway to the Amber National Par - Amber Mountain. During this optional full day tour you will discover a tropical forest , volcanic lakes, waterfalls such as the Sacred Waterfall - all at an altitude of 800 to 1,400 meters and of course a rich fauna such as Mongoose, Lemurs and fossas. Overnight in port
Morning arrival in Antsiranana or Diego Suarez is an old colonial port located inside the 2nd largest natural bay in the World which can be best discovered by joining our optional 1/2 day tour. Time will be spent to discover monuments of the ancient colonial times such as the old market, the former Hotel de la Marine, the old military building and of course the city’s vibrant market. Overnight in port
Early morning departure for Mitsio Island. The Mitsio Archipelago is a collection of 12 small islands 40 nautical miles of which La Grande Mitsio, is the biggest and the only one which is inhabited by farmers and fishermen villages of Antakarana and Akalava. While sailing into the archipelago, you will see bottle nosed dolphins and green turtles but the arrival is even more breathtaking, as you slowly navigate amongst tiny tropical islands, lush with tropical vegetation and dotted with powder-white beaches. It is known for its huge basalt columns, resembling organ pipes. Our optional half day excursion will feature a climb up the highest hill on Nosy Ankarea (219m), which will reveal spectacular views of the entire archipelago. We will also meet local fishermen and hear of their traditions. After our beach BBQ, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the sea and coral reefs before our dinner under the stars. Overnight at sea to Antsiranana/ Diego Suarez
Embarkation - 3 to 10 pm
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Pegasus, the ship servicing  Madagascar and its Mozambique Channel Islands Cruise (From Nosy Be)

Pegasus

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 45 metres

Passenger Capacity: 49 (in 21 cabins)

Built / refurbished: 1992 / 1997

The twin-hulled Pegasus, built in 1990, completely renovated in the winter of 2009 it accommodates up to 49 guests in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. On board you will enjoy magnificent sea views as you stroll our 2,550 square feet or 240 m2 of open deck. You can relax with friends in the handsomely appointed lounge, browse in the well-stocked library or enjoy ocean-view dining in the convivial and spacious restaurant area.  A platform on Pegasus stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.

 

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