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North Diego Nosy Be

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Tour Diego Nosy Be

Stay in northern Madagascar; A first week to discover the sites and reserves around Diego Suarez (including the 3 Bays, amber mountain, the Red Tsingy, the Ankarana massif and the Emerald Sea), the second second at the island of Nosy Be.

Advices for a Northern Trip

. Are you interested in a northern circuit in Madagascar? To avoid the cost of additional domestic flights, you can disembark via Ethiopian Air Lines or Air Austral; or you can land at Tananarive on a south circuit, head north and take your international connecting flight back from Nosy Be without returning to the capital.
. Would you like to make this northern tour by road from Tananarive? Yes, The Agency Espace Mada suggests  : Northern Road
. Original Excursions at Nosy Be? An original excursionist, who will take you depending on the season swimming with dolphins or whales : : Les Baleines Rand’eau
. From dhow or canoe cruises, the most expressed specialist: Alefa Madagascar , a catamaran cruise, Espace Mada works on site with Madavoile.

Other interests of Diego and his surroundings

Diego “Antsiranana” in Malagasy a French colony

The city was discovered in 1500 by the Portuguese. In 1884 the French fleet landed there and General Joffre developed an important strategic military base to control the southern Indian Ocean.  Diego is considered one of the largest bays in the world with a body of water of 700 square km.  It is the 4th port of the Big Island, with a cosmopolitan population. Walking through the main streets, you will see the colonial architecture.

Original: cocoa plantations in Ambanja

Cocoa farmers were introduced in 1900 on the Big Island. Plantations are concentrated in the Sambirano and Ambanja regions. The beans have an excellent reputation and harvests could reach 6,000 tonnes per year. Chocolate makers around the world are passionate about the organic quality of the production. The Millot Plantation near Ambanja is one of the best known; you can visit, taste, or even sleep in the guest rooms in the heart of the plantation.

New for  2024 : TERRAKOA The Land of chocolate in Ambanja

During Espace Mada’s last North reconnaissance in November 2023, Espace Mada met the team from TerraKoa, a very recent site in the South of Ambanja: Bel Ecolodge in the heart of a cocoa plantation. Numerous visits on the program: Their Plantation, Visit to the Sacred Mountain and Lemurs, Tour to the neighboring village, canoe ride and participate in the preparation of chocolate and of course its tasting! Consult on our day per day, the detailed program of this 2 days extension.

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  • Activity Level Accessible à tous
  • Group Size Large Group
All about the North Diego Nosy Be.

Period : Mainly other the year. From half january to start of March, it is unadvised. ( some parts of road could be inaccessibles )

Level : For all, walks in the reserves are adaptable in terms of difficulty and duration.

Accommodation : Category of accommodation comfort, level 2 stars higher.

Vehicles / Transport : Assistance and airport transfers are included.  The drivers / Gudides ( english speaking )  are of Diego Suarez origin. Vehicle 4×4 type Nissan Patrol.

Availability : Private tour which could be personalised according period (take off or add on some days).

Flights : We can book your Domestic flights. Meanwhile we advise you to book your international flight from your departure country.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.


  1. Day 1 Arrival Antananarivo

    Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel ( Comabva ) nearby the airport  (Flight to Diego are generally early ). Overnight at the hotel.

  2. Day 2 Antananarivo - Diego - Les 3 Baies

    Pick up at your hotel and transfer airport. Flight to Diego. Assistance airport and departure for the 3 bays visit  which are the sequence of the bay of Sakalava, the bay of the pigeons and the bay of the dunes. It is possible to walk along the bays for 3 hours to discover the fauna and flora. It is a quiet and uncrowded place where the fine white sand beach is of natural beauty. Then, discover the cape mine with its lighthouse and its canons inherited from the colonial area. You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the entrance to the Bay of Diégo-Suarez. And if the weather is clear, you might even see the clear waters of the Emerald Sea. You will end the walk in Ramena. Before dark, enjoy the beauty of the sunset. At the end of your visit, you will return to your hotel. Overnight at Lakana Ramena.

  3. Day 3 Ramena : La Mer d'Emeraude

    A vehicle will drop you off at Ramena pier;  The crew of the boat will be waiting for you there. You will have an unforgettable day in the open sea. La Mer d’Emeraude ”The Emerald Sea” is an Emerald color Lagoon, located just after the little pass towards up the North. Shallow and transparent, it allows you to dive in a natural aquarium dream where fishes of all sizes, all shapes and colors seem it be given an appointment. Snorkeling Equipment is in our care (need to have your sizes). Picnic lunch prepared on the spot. Late in the afternoon, boat team bring you back to Ramena through the coral of a form of Tsingy to admire this beauty due to the battle of the Sea and limestone. Back to your hotel. Lakana Ramena.

  4. Day 4 Amber Mountain

    Transfer to Amber Mountain. Created in 1958, the Amber Mountain National Park is located at the heart of a volcanic region. Rightly regarded as a ”biological treasure”, it is home to a magnificent protected rainforest, protected from human impact, where a rich and complex nature thrives. Walk the botanical trail and enjoy various forms of vegetation (canarium, ficus, orchids… Meet different species of chameleons including the world’s smallest, the Brokesia Minima Tuberculata. Then also get to know the lemurs (crowned, fulvus …). A veritable water tower for the region, discover various waterfalls such as the Antomboka waterfall, the Sacred Waterfall, the Antakarana waterfall or Lake Mahasarika. At the end of your visit, our team will take you to the village to admire Joffreville before returning to your hotel in Diego. (50 kms stage – 1 hour – one way ). Overnight at Lakana Ramena.

  5. Day 5 Tsingy of Ankarana

    Departure for the Red Tsingy (located 50 km from Diego, 2 hours drive): Through the mountains, southeast of Diego, the Red Tsingy reserve other secrets of nature. Composed of sandstone, marl and limestone, just at the foot of the eroded canyons, in the only sedimentary basin of Madagascar and a  heterogeneous vegetation, their balance is fragile. Then you will take the road to Anivorano. The driver will find a place for lunch en route. Continuation on Ambilobe. Installation at the hotel Relais de l’Ankarana. (100 kms stage – 3 hours to 3 hours 30, add one hour rountrip for the Red Tsingy from the bifurcation )

  6. Day 6 Ankarana

    Transfer for the Tsingy from Ankarana. The Ankarana National Park, composed of a Karsingy massif, stretches 35 km long (from east to west). Covered by numerous canyons covered with forests, caves, and underground rivers, it is home to endemic flora and fauna. Discover the Tsingy Rary, the turrets of the tsingy. Lunch recommended at Aurélien. In the afternoon you can visit the sacred cave of bats which is home to splendid stalactites and stalagmites (provide one flashlight per person).

  7. Day 7 Ankarana - Ankify - Nosy BE

    Departure very early in the morning to Ankify the starting point for the boat transfer to Nosy Be. Small stop about an hour for the tour ”Chez Cyrille” through cocoa plantations around Ambanja. After the visit continuation on Ankify then transfer by boat provided by the hotel of Nosy Be and installation in the hotel Nosy Lodge. (160 km stages – 3 hours 30 – boat crossing 1h)

  8. Day 8 and 9 Nosy Be

    Half board at the hotel. The hotel can provide on-site all kinds of excursions: Nosy Iranja, Nosy Komba, Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Sakatia, Mont Passot , Lokobe Reserve

  9. Day 10 Nosy Be - Tananarive

    Transfer at the airport of Nosy Be and flight back to Antananarivo. End of our services

  10. Day 7 - Extension Ambanja Ankarana - Ambanja

    Extension Ambanja after Ankarana : Road to reach Ambanja. Bifurcation by a beautiful trail until a lodge near the plantations. Installation at TerraKoa Ecolodge for 2 nights.  (Step of 4 hours – 120 kms). Int he afternoon, Accompanied by a member of the team, you will go to the shade of the tall trees, discover the treasures of the plantation: cocoa trees, mango trees, banana trees, vanilla, pepper, guava trees, citrus fruits, rice, sugar cane… And we will explain the whole process of processing the cocoa bean. Accessible to all, 2 hours.

    Terrakoa Ecolodge Ambanja

  11. Day 8 - Extension Ambanja Ambanja - Site if TERRAKOA

    Balad around Terrakoa Ambanja

    Chocolate Fabrication at Terrakoa

    In the morning, Hike in the sacred mountain of Ambohidravy to meet the lemurs (good physical condition necessary and allow 3 to 4 hours). Accompanied by a guide, you will visit the village next to the lodge, then cross the river in a  dugout canoe, before hiking in the mountains on the lookout for lemurs, then return to the lodge by pirogue if the tide allows. Return to the Lodge. In the afternoon, You will participate in the preparation of an artisanal chocolate by following the different stages of processing: sorting of the beans, roasting, crushing, sifting, conching and molding, followed by the tasting of course !

Public Rates 2024 Euros per person

Public Rates 2024 of North Tour 

Number of Participants Euros / Person
2 1 138 € ( Sup of 171 €  If Extension 2 days Ambanja TerraKoa )
3 959 € ( Sup of 148  €  If Extension 2 days Ambanja TerraKoa )
4 860 € ( Sup of 136 €  If Extension 2 days Ambanja TerraKoa )
Single Room Supplement : 259 €, Extension 2 nights Ambanja, Sup of 285 €

Booking modalities of the Trip

Confirmation by mail of the present trip.
After Espace Mada confirmation for hotels availability, transport and eventual flights : 30 % deposit by bank transfer or online payment. Balance day of departure in Tana :

  • CB Visa or Master Card
  • Euros Cash.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Overnights based on double room, Necessary tourist taxes
  • Half-board basis throughout the trip (breakfasts & Dinners) except Day 1base Band B
  • Lunch on the Day 3
  • All Transfers  Airport
  • 4WD  with driver on the day 2 and from day 4 to day 7 ( To Day 9 if extension Ambanja ) ; Gazoline
  • Return of the car from Ankify to Diégo
  • English Speaking Guide From Day 2 to Day 7 ( To Day 9 if extensin Ambanja )
  • Excursions : the 3 Bays, the Emeraude sea, Amber mountain, Red Tsingy, Tsingy of ’Ankarana, Plantations Ambanja
  • Entry and guides fees within the above mentioned the parks and reserves.
  • Boat transfer Ankify – Nosy Be – Road Transfer Harbour Nosy Be – Hotel Nosy Be
  • In case Extension Ambanja : Visits to TerarKoa Ambanja: Sacred Mountain Walk / Lemurs, visit to the cocoa plantation, participation in the manufacture of chocolate from the beans
  • Drinks, extras and tips, Lunches in Nosy Be; Diners Day 1
  • Excursions in Nosy ( can be arranged directly with the hotels )
  • Domestic flights Tana – Diego and Nosy Be – Tana