Welcome to Island Life
Nosy Be is the largest Island just off the north-west shore of mainland Madagascar. It is a little slice of paradise with idyllic beaches, clear waters all centered around the buzzing town of Hell-Ville. Inland you’ll find lush rolling hills covered in the sweet smelling ylang ylang plantations, rum distilleries and a single-gauge railway; think the Caribbean but better…
You will fly into Nosy Be and have time to catch your breath before catching a boat over to the camp of Ampoana which is an hour's boat journey away.
Ampoana is a new camp built right in the midst of a subsistence community who live on the mainland but best accessed from the island of Nosy Be. This is a stunning setting - think Robinson Crusoe on steriods. The white sandy beach is empty and endless, the water clear, the reef vibrant. This is a huge treat.
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.
Nosy Komba and Ampoana
You will live in volunteer camps on the water’s edge of both Nosy Komba and Ampoana. Both camps are rustic but stylish. Think thatched, stilted huts with beds and mozzi nets. Shared cold water showers and western loos.
3 meals a day, prepared in the traditional Madagascan style.
Expect: Rice, beans and vegetables with chicken, seafood or beef.