Nosy Ankao is the home of Time + Tide Miavana, one of the most chic beach ecolodges in Madagascar. Only an hour’s helicopter flight from Nosy Be, this is a super stylish island with postcard-perfect sandy beaches.
But if you did wish to move from the beach, there are many exciting adventures on offer here. Families, couples or groups of friends alike will find offerings to suit all tastes.
Wildlife conservation is at the heart of Miavana
The Time + Tide Foundation recently translocated a small population of endangered crowned lemurs from the mainland where their habitat was depleting. They are now protected in the forests of Nosy Ankao and can be seen on lemur treks with expert wildlife guides.
One can also take a helicopter adventure to the mainland to see the parent population and witness the habitat regeneration being achieved by the local community supported by the Foundation. One can also trek to try to see golden crowned sifaka, the black lemur or Perrier’s sifaka.
Take walks in the forest to see the diversity of wildlife here and you may have the opportunity to watch turtles lay their eggs on the beaches or see hatchlings emerge and travel laboriously down the beach.
There is abundant marine life all around the island and one can go snorkelling or scuba diving to see the very healthy coral reefs with diverse marine life thanks to the nutrient-rich waters around Nosy Ankao. One can also watch dolphins, mantra ray or dolphins playing on a boat excursion with a specialist guide.
Enjoy catch-and-release fishing for giant trevally, Bluefin, sail fish barracuda and many more species, either from a boat or fly fishing right from the beach. Kayaking, kite surfing and paddle boarding are also great ways to explore the beaches around the island.
As well as seeing lemurs on the mainland by helicopter, one can also visit Akarana or Amber Mountain National Parks on half-day helicopter safaris. It is also possible to witness the astounding unique features of the grey tsingy and see the diverse wildlife that make this stone forest their home.
Images and video kindly supplied courtesy of Time + Tide.