So close yet so different than the Main Island (Madagascar), the island of Nosy Be (which translates as the “Big Island” in Malagachy), with its 351 square km et its 60,000 inhabitants, has two exceptional merits : a tropical climate with agreeable temperatures year-round and an extraordinary fertile which produces coffee, vanilla, Ylang-Ylang flower, pepper, sugar,…
It’s large coconut lined beaches, bordered by the warm and clear Indian Ocean, it’s beautiful waterfall surrounded by luxuriant vegetation encompasses a tranquil paradise. From the Mont Passot, the highest peak of the island with its breathtaking view, it’s volcanic lakes, and it’s hillside surcharged with flowers and green tropical forest sliding towards the sea mesmerized by the lights of an orange-reddish sunset.
The commercial center of the island is it’s small capital, Hell-Ville. It’s a little like all of Madagascar in one place. Like most of the cities of Madagascar, this one lives to the soft rhythm of an energetic capital in a colonial décor from the previous century.
Nosy Be is also the kindness of its population with it’s insular style of life. Meeting point of all the inhabitants of the island, the marketplace is colored with fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, spices…
Nosy Be will remind you, with nostalgia, of a period where time itself is of little importance and where the keyword remains “Mora-Mora”, meaning “slowly-slowly”.