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 local boat over to the smaller island of Nosy Komba.
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.
Turtle Cove Research Centre
Your base will be at the Turtle Cove Research Centre found on the water’s edge of Nosy Komba. The centre is based around a huge communal thatched structure where everyone hangs out together, surrounded by a big dining room, kitchen, 9 thatched sleeping huts (3 bunks per hut) with shared shower/loo close by, all nestled amongst big rocks and palm trees creating a magical volunteer village.
3 meals a day, prepared in the traditional Madagascan style.
Expect: Rice, beans and vegetables with chicken, seafood or beef.