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Nosy Be ˌnusʲ ˈbe (also Nossi-bé and Nosse Be) is an island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is Madagascar's largest and busiest tourist resort. It has an area of 320.02 square kilometers (123.56 sq mi).

Nosy Be means "big island" in the Malagasy language. The island was called Assada during the early colonial era of the seventeenth century. Nosy Be has been given several nicknames over the centuries, including "Nosy Manitra" (the scented island).

History

The first of Nosy Be were small bands of Antankarana and Zafinofotsy, before the arrival the Sakalava represent the most numerous ethnic group on the island. These people were joined later by some Comorians, Indians or Antandroy.

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Nosy Be, Madagascar

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Nosy Be ˌnusʲ ˈbe (also Nossi-bé and Nosse Be) is an island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is Madagascar's largest and busiest tourist resort. It has an area of 320.02 square kilometers (123.56 sq mi).

Nosy Be means "big island" in the Malagasy language. The island was called Assada during the early colonial era of the seventeenth century. Nosy Be has been given several nicknames over the centuries, including "Nosy Manitra" (the scented island).

History

The first of Nosy Be were small bands of Antankarana and Zafinofotsy, before the arrival the Sakalava represent the most numerous ethnic group on the island. These people were joined later by some Comorians, Indians or Antandroy.

Nosy Be made a first major appearance in Madagascar's history when King Radama I announced that he intended to conquer the whole west of the red island up to the sea. That plan was eventually achieved when the Sakalava Kingdom of Boina came into his possession in 1837 when Queen Tsiomeko of Boina's army was defeated. The French colonized the island from 1840, they founded an outpost baptized

Hell-Ville

(from French Admiral de Hell). In 1849, slavery was abolished by the French, though the slaves were owned by Malagasies. It caused a Malagasy revolt against the French.

During the Russo-Japanese War, Nosey Be became a supply station for Russia's Second Pacific Squadron. The main fleet lead by Admiral Zinovy Rozhestvensky reached Nosy Be on January 9, 1905, where it met a smaller detachment lead by Admiral Dmitry von Fölkersam that had arrived already on December 28, 2014. The fleet stayed for two months for refurbishing and coaling leaving on March 17 to meet its fate ten weeks later at the Battle of Tsushima.

Geography

Nosy Be is located about eight kilometers (5.0 miles) (5 miles) from the coast of Madagascar in the Mozambique Channel; several smaller islands are located nearby, including Nosy Komba, Nosy Mitsio, Nosy Sakatia, and Nosy Tanikely. The island's main town is

Andoany

.

The volcanic island has an area of about 312 square kilometers (120 sq mi), and reaches its highest peak at Mont Lokobe at 450 meters (1,480 ft); the volcano is of Holocene origin but has not erupted in recorded history. There are eleven volcanic crater lakes on the island.

The island is known for having one of the world's smallest frogs (Stumpffia pygmaea) and chameleon (Brookesia minima). The

Lokobe Reserve

is one of Madagascar's five Strict Nature Reserves (Réserves Naturelles Intégrales). Nosy Be is also home to a specific color of a panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis).

Omura's whale

Recent studies indicate that adjacent waters around the channel between Nosy Be and Madagascar host a habitat for a notable number of Omura's whale, and this has allowed researchers to conduct field studies targeting this rare, one of the least known species, for the first time.

Climate

Nosy Be has a tropical climate. It is most humid in summer (December, January, February). The Tsaratanana massif partially protects the island from the strong north-east winds affecting the region in August or during tropical depressions.


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Nosy Be, Madagascar: Port Information


Cruise ships anchor offshore, and passengers are transported ashore by tender boats. Taxis are available at the pier.

Get around Nosy Be, Madagascar


There are taxis-brousses. You can use them to explore the island.
You can rent a car. 
Besides, you can use cruising boats to visit surrounding islets.

What to see in Nosy Be, Madagascar


Enjoy the pristine nature of the island. Explore the surrounding islets. 
  • Lokobe Nature Special Reserve
  • Mont Passot
  • Lemuria Land

What to do in Nosy Be, Madagascar


Sightseeing, hiking, boat tours, water sports, horseback riding - there are numerous things to do on the island.
  • Yacht Gecko (Crewed catamaran charter). Fully crewed charters inclusive of catered meals, all activities, fuel. Fishing, snorkeling, scuba, kayaking. Explore deserted beaches and uninhabited islands. Nice and steady so seasickness is not a problem.
  • Deep Sea Fishing. Get away from the overfished waters of Nosy Be and head out, in luxury, to the Radamas or Mitsio islands. Sailfish, Kingfish, King Mackerel, and Wahoo all waiting for you.

What to eat and drink in Nosy Be, Madagascar


Nosy Be is a popular tourist destination so there are numerous lovely restaurants, cafes, bars for every taste. 

Bananas (hundreds of varieties) and rice cakes (Malagasy 'bread') are staple 'street food' and available everywhere. Coffee is very good, usually hand-made by the cup and served very sweet with condensed milk. Steak-frites is available in restaurants in the larger towns.

It's better to drink bottled water. 

Shopping in Nosy Be, Madagascar


There is a market, souvenir shops, and stores to buy gifts, presents, clothes, accessories, shoes, local handicraft, etc.
Spices, such as vanilla, are a great souvenir and a great value. 

Safety in Nosy Be, Madagascar


Madagascar is a fairly safe country. You must, however, respect some simple principles:
  • Don't exhibit signs of wealth (cameras, jewels, ...).
  • Similarly, always carry small bills. Paying with large bills shows off your wealth, can insult the seller because they will not have change, and opens you up for becoming a target.
  • Don't resist in case of aggression.
  • Don't provoke stray dogs.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings when using public transportation or visiting markets where numerous pickpockets swarm.
  • Learn the Malagasy word for thief, "Mpangalatra" which is pronounced "pahn-GAHL-ah-tra". If someone is trying to rob you in a busy market area scream this. The fact that a vazaha is screaming thief will unsettle the thief as well as alert the people near you to help. But, in most cases don't expect help from the locals. Most locals will stay quiet in fear of being chastised for helping a foreigner. A crowd of locals will move in to cover for a child running away with your stuff. The spoils are then divided up among those who helped the person get away. Beware of hanging your hand out the windows of a bus or car. A thief will literally rip a ring off your finger or a spandex watches off your arm. In one reported case a thief cut a woman's finger off to get her ring.
  • Always listen for the words "vazaha" or "vazongo" when spoken in low tones. If you hear these words be aware that someone is talking about you, for better or for worse.

Like any other developing country, the presence of beggars never goes unnoticed. This is sometimes uncomfortable for tourists, but these people should be respected none-the-less. They are, predictably, attracted to foreigners as they view them as being wealthy and will not hesitate to ask for a handout. If you don't want to be bothered, a simple "Non, merci" or "Tsy Misy (tsee-meesh)" (I have nothing) will do the trick. If they persist, try shouting "Mandehana! (man-day-han)" (Go Away!). It is recommended not to give money, but other useful items, such as a banana, a piece of bread, etc. It is usually accepted with gratitude, and if the beggar is a child, he will run away with a smile on his face. NEVER take a child to the hotel or you would be suspected of pedophilia.

It is imperative not to encourage begging - in Madagascar the people do not really believe in getting something for nothing and will invariably offer you something first. For example, a chameleon to photograph.

Language spoken in Nosy Be, Madagascar


The official languages are Malagasy and French.

Malagasy is a Malayo-Polynesian language related to Malay and Indonesian that is spoken by the majority of the island as a native language. As well as being the name of the language, "Malagasy" also refers to the people of the island. Because the island is so large there are many different dialects.

French is the second official language of Madagascar. The government and large corporations use French in everyday business, but 75-85% of Malagasy only have limited proficiency in this language. Attempts by foreigners to learn and speak Malagasy are liked and encouraged by the Malagasy people.

Tourist workers and some government officials will have a reasonable command of English.

LOCAL TIME

7:18 pm
August 23, 2019
Indian/Antananarivo

CURRENT WEATHER

27 °C / 80.6 °F
light rain
Sat

25.72 °C/78 °F
light rain
Sun

25.55 °C/78 °F
light rain
Mon

25.66 °C/78 °F
light rain
Tue

25.05 °C/77 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

MGA

1 USD = 0 MGA
1 EUR = 0 MGA
1 GBP = 0 MGA
1 AUD = 0 MGA
1 CAD = 0 MGA

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