Nosy Be is an island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is Madagascar's largest and busiest turist resort. It has an area of 320.02 square kilometres (123.56 sq mi) and its population
was officially estimated at 73,010 in 2013.
Nosy Be means "big island" in the malagasy language. The island was called Assada during the early colonial era of the seventeenth century. Nosy Be has been given several nicknames over the centuries, including "Nosy Manitra" (the scented island).
Nosy Be is located about 8Km (5.0 miles) from the coast of Madagascar in the Mozambique Channel; several smaller islands are located nearby, including Nosy Komba, Nosy Mitsio, Nosy Sakatia, and Nosy Tanikely. The island's main town is Andoany.
The volcanic island has an area of about 312mq (120 sq mi), and reaches its highest peak at Mont Lokobe at 450m (1,480 feet); the volcano is of Holocene origin but has not erupted in recorded history. There are eleven volcanic crater lakes on the island.
The island is known for having one of the world's smallest frogs (stumpffia pygmaea) and chameleon (brookesia minima). The Lokobe Reserve is one of Madagascar's five strict nature reserves (Réserves Naturelles Intégrales). Nosy Be is also home to a specific color of panther chameleon (furcifer pardalis).
Recent studies indicate that adjacent waters around the channel between Nosy Be and the Madagascar host a habitat for notable number of Omura's whale, and this has allowed researchers to conduct field studies targeting this rare, one of the least known species, for the first time.
Nosy Be has a tropical climate. It is most humid in summer (December, January, February). The Tsaratanana massif partially protects the island from the strong north-east winds affecting the region in August or during tropical depressions.
Temperatures in Nosy Be in the southern summer (November-April) max. 32°C day, 27°C night, in southern winter (May - October) 30°C day, 23°C night. For Nosy Be comfortable light clothing, insect repellent, sun protection. For the central highlands also warm clothing for cool nights.
Once a major location of plantation of sugar cane and production of its derived products (sugar, rum), the island's main activities are now the plantation of Ylang Ylang (for the production of essential oils) and tourism. Nosy Be is the most developed tourism destination in Madagascar. This is the only place in Madagascar where all-inclusive large resorts can be found.
The island is served by Fascene Airport (Nosy Be airport, IATA: NOS). The airport has direct flights from Europe on and Africa (Neos Air, Meridiana Fly, Air Austral, Ewa, Air Link, Air Madagascar). Its main city and harbour Hellville), can be reached by boat from Ankify.
Note: credit cards are not widely accepted. On Nosy Be only VISA and MASTERCARD in some hotels/restaurants. There are ATM at the banks in Hell Ville for VISA and MASTERCARD.
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Charming and quiet beachfront holiday resort comprising two creole style houses, a magnificent mansion and a neighbouring bungalow, situated in a well established and treed garden.