20+ pristine dive sites to discover
Scuba Diving in Madagascar is an experience off the beaten tracks. Nosy Be island remains a tropical paradise still preserved from mass tourism. Its coral reefs are home to a marine life unrivaled in beauty and diversity.
Tropical Diving is diving all the best dive sites throughout the Nosy Be archipelago. We can also organize a 1 day / 2 dive trip to the wonderful Nosy Iranja island.
THE HIGHLIGHTS :
- DOLPHINS are often encountered during navigation times to dive sites (all year round)
- HUMPBACK WHALES are visiting the archipelago from august to october.
- WHALE SHARKS are breading in Nosy Be waters in october and november. Snorkeling with them is organized during surface intervals.
Popular dive sites :
Navigation 20 minutes / Depth 2-22 m
3 main dive sites providing different environments, offer a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem. You will find all the range of corals and reef fishes, and turtles, big groupers, wahoos and jacks, as well as big shoals of snappers, fusiliers, damsel fish, etc. Nosy Tanikely is a protected natural aquarium, for all diving levels.
GRAND BANC (SHARK POINT)
Navigation 40 minutes / Depth 16-30 m
Diving on the drop-off facing the Mozambique channel offers the opportunity to dive with grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, and sometimes hammerheads. It' a wonderful dive along the drop-off with big shoals of snappers and fusiliers, and occasionnally wahoos and yellow fin tunas
NOSY SAKATIA : CHAMEAU, LOUIS, ANKORA, THE ARCH
Navigation 30 minutes / Depth 12-28 m
These reefs off Sakatia island are reputed for their variety and profusion in marine life. Gorgeous corals and prolific fish : jacks, wahoos, angel fish, crocodile fish, blue spotted sting rays, nudibranch, leaf fish, scorpion fish, friendly titan trigger fish, and sometimes white tip sharks. It's also one of the best areas for meeting whale sharks in october and november
Navigation 30 minutes / Depth 16-24 m
A large sandy plateau, spotted with lovely corals pinnacles. The spot is famous for occasional encounters with big manta rays. The pinnacles are hosting all the diversity of corals and reef life, particularly wonderful clusters of glass fish
Navigation 25 minutes / Depth 12-20 m
A wonderful plateau with impressive series of big sea fans, and thousands of colourful small coral pinnacles, hiding an amazing profusion of small reef life. The place is also well known for it's whale shark encounters in october and november
THE "MITSIO" WRECK
Navigation 10 minutes / Depth 26-30 m
The wreck of this fishing boat, voluntarily sunk in 2007 has created an amazing concentration of fish inside and outside the wreck. Huge shoals of sardines and fusiliers, walls of yellow snappers, enormous lion fish, plenty of scorpion fish, moray eels, groupers, nudibranches, crocodile fish, shoals of jacks and barracudas, and schools of batfishes on ending the dive. One of the "not to be missed" dive sites of Nosy Be
BANC DES GORGONES
Navigation 10 minutes / Depth 12-20 m
A large plateau with spectacular series of big sea fans and big coral formations, offering a kind of unrealistic scenery. Blue spotted sting rays, crocodile fish, stone fish, trumpet fish, pipe ghost fish, nudibranches, cleaner srimps, etc. The spot is also home of shoals of snappers and big green turtles
Navigation 40 minutes / Depth 20-45 m
3 enormous coral blocks, at the bottom of the drop-off facing the Mozambique channel, have created a very special landscape, with canyons around the blocks, covered with series of amazing giant sea fans (one of them is about 4 m wide) . Among all of Nosy Be dive sites, it is unique in it's topography and it's breathtaking scenery. For experienced divers