Constance Tsarabanjina

The only island in the Mitsio archipelago where it’s possible to stay, beautiful Tsarabanjina was uninhabited when used for Joanna Lumley’s Castaway television programme in 1994. Now there is a luxury boutique resort set within its 22 hectares of naturally wooded hillocks edged by white-sand beaches and fringing reefs. The surrounding water is crystal clear, offering excellent snorkelling and scuba diving directly from the beach or at various other island sites in the archipelago.

Otherwise uninhabited except by a few small fishing camps, Mitsio is a collection of small islands 40 nautical miles north east of Nosy Be affording excellent diving and snorkelling on vibrant fringing coral reefs. Each island has a unique character: La Grande Mitsio is known for its huge basalt columns (the Organ Pipes); sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit Les Quatre Frères (the Four Brothers), islands of silver basalt containing huge caves with impressive overhangs and nesting seabirds such as northern gannets, white-tailed tropicbirds, and frigatebirds. The snorkelling or diving is different on each island, with stunning coral gardens, canyons and drop offs.

A number of activities are included during your stay – snorkelling, beach tennis, sailing, kayaks, volley ball, morning aqua gym in the sea, guided walks on the island. For an additional fee scuba diving, sport fishing and excursions to nearby islands can be arranged. There is also a massage room with various treatments available.

Facilities

Restaurant and bar, full PADI dive centre, sea kayaks, catamarans, volleyball court, snorkelling equipment, gym, massage room

Ian Loyd
Area Specialist

A climb up the highest hill on Nosy Ankarea (219m), passing many interesting succulents en route, reveals spectacular views over the entire archipelago. Snorkelling is best at Tsarabanjina straight off the northern beach. Tsarabanjina is unsuitable for young children

If you have any queries about this accommodation please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Local Wildlife

Seabirds such as northern gannets, white-tailed tropicbirds, and frigate birds, and turtles, corals and other abundant marine life.

Optional Activities

Various non-motorised water sports, aqua-exercise classes, boat trips, diving, snorkelling, fishing

Number of rooms

25

Air Conditioning

No

Swimming Pool

No

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Tour guide was perfect (Excellent++). Attentive and caring. Outstanding person. Became part of the family. Give her an award!!! Local guides very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and pleasant people to be with. Helen’s enthusiastic and sparkling voice was a pleasure to hear on the ‘phone. All questions answered in detail and printed information sent was helpful. You guys really cared. Very attentive in Madagascar and went well. Very pleasant and good driver. No corners cut and a well planned trip with all details covered. Perfect for us. Due to good guides and spotters we saw 16 species of lemurs and plenty of them. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see so many species and so close to us. Marvellous – very emotional. Lemurs are such wonderful gentle creatures. This trip was so well-designed for people like us. I will never forget this trip in my life. What a humbling experience it was. Some time in the future we will be back to see these special animals. In the mean time I look to our video footage of our time with the lemurs of Madagascar. Helen Cox – well done. Your company is at the top of our list.

Mr & Mrs M - Berkshire