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.
Restaurant and bar, full PADI dive centre, sea kayaks, catamarans, volleyball court, snorkelling equipment, gym, massage room
Seabirds such as northern gannets, white-tailed tropicbirds, and frigate birds, and turtles, corals and other abundant marine life.
Various non-motorised water sports, aqua-exercise classes, boat trips, diving, snorkelling, fishing
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 questions regarding our Madagascar tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
Having recently returned from a truly memorable 3 weeks in Madagascar we wanted to express our sincerest thanks to you Helen, and all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging such a superb wildlife viewing experience.
As you are aware, we were particularly keen to see and photograph the fosa. At Kirindy forest we actually encountered 3. Despite the rather challenging accommodation we would highly recommend the Kirindy experience to all those wanting an exceptional primate viewing experience.
Overall our lemur species/subspecies count was 22 and other notable sightings included 2 species of mongoose, giant jumping rats, a huge Madagascar ground boa, humpback whales and the Madagascar fish eagle.
Every detail of the trip from start to finish was superbly well arranged and managed, which cannot be easy in a country with such complex problems. Well done Helen.
All aspects of the trip were outstanding. Wildlife, people, culture and geography. We will certainly return again to visit the north of the island and return to paradise, Anjajavy.
This was our second trip with Reef and Rainforest and I cannot speak highly enough of your company. I would recommend your services to any natural world/wildlife enthusiast. Thank you again.