On the Northwest coast of Madagascar, Nosy Be is a picturesque island with wonderful nature and wildlife. Meaning “big island” in Malagasy, Nosy Be is also the perfume island, thanks to its spices, sugar cane, coffee and vanilla plantations.
Swahili and Indian traders were the first living in this island from the 15th century. During the slave trade it became an attraction for its position near India and Zanzibar. Today is a touristic destination thanks to its deserted beaches and amazing snorkelling and diving sites. Moreover, it is famous for its perfume essence, sugar cane factory and rum distilleries.
The administrative centre and the main port of the island is Hell-Ville, a charming colonial town with old renovated colourful buildings. Here visitors can buy souvenirs at the local shops or visit art galleries. Moreover, the village offers different small restaurants. For example, travellers can also visit the old cannons, in the upper part of the port, overlook the marina. For instance, they were there to protect the area from the pirates. Furthermore, one of the main attractions of Hell-Ville is the covered market. Farmers and fishermen from the continent or Madagascar bring their products. It is a colourful experience to see and to try local food.
The village Dzamanzary is perfect for visiting sugar cane factories and rum distilleries.
From Nosy Be travellers can arrange a wide range of activities. For example, they can participate to day cruises to discover the archipelago, scuba diving or fishing excursions.
Info: https://madagascar-tourisme.com/en/, http://www.nosybe-tourisme.com/, http://www.vanilla-islands.org
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