You will fly into Nosy Be, which is the largest island just off the north-west shore of mainland Madagascar and you will no doubt hang out at the weekends around the buzzing town of Hell-Ville. On arrival you will be collected and taken to the port to catch the boat over to the smaller island of Nosy Komba .
Nosy Komba and Ampoagna
Your main base will be at the camp called Turtle Cove on Nosy Komba but you will also spend time at the very rustic camp called Turtle Beach on Ampoagna which is on the mainland of Madagascar and takes around 1- 2 hours to get between the two.
Nosy Komba is a small volcanic island lying midway between Nosy Be and mainland Madagascar. The volcanic hills, covered in bright green rainforest, fold dramatically down into the water creating white sandy coves. The island’s main settlement is the beach side village of Ampangorinana, strung out with winding lanes lined with embroidered tablecloths, woven baskets and woodcarvings.
It is picture perfect.
Ampoagna is a very remote village on mainland Madagascar. It is
incredibly beautiful with a long white-sand beach and a lovely coral reef
Turtle Cove and Turtle Beach
Turtle Cove is the main camp where volunteers on our other programs are based creating a busy social hub for our volunteers. The camp is built right on the water’s edge and directly opposite the famous Lokobe National Park over on Nosy Be. The pristine waters, heavenly sandy beaches and picturesque villages which pepper the landscape can only be described as out-of-this-world.
Turtle Beach camp is more rustic but uber cool. There is no running water which is instead collected from a well next to the camp so expect bucket loos, bucket showers and bottled water for drinking.
3 meals a day, prepared in the traditional Madagascan style.
Expect: Rice, beans and vegetables with chicken, seafood or beef.