Madagascar is known as “Treasure Island” due to its landscape diversity, including the Radama and Mitsio archipelagos, beautiful seas and geological curiosities.It’s also home to a myriad of flora, fauna and wildlife, such as whale sharks and humpback whales.Read more
Located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa, Madagascar showcases influences from cultures all around the world, particularly, France. Its 5,000km of coastline offer unspoiled waters, perfect for a Madagascar yacht charter with great spots for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Nosy Be is the ideal starting point for an unforgettable cruise with powdery, white sandy beaches and coral islets to explore. The island’s diversity is one of its biggest attractions with contrasting environments of rich vegetation and beautiful beaches offering much to explore. Visit some of the island’s national parks and nature reserves, such as Andasibe-Mantadia, or discover its cheeky lemur inhabitants. These ring-tailed monkeys are native to the island and will greet you as soon as you go ashore in Nosy Iranja.
For marine life, visit Nosy Kalakojoro where leopard sharks swim through the pass then move on to the sheltered anchorages of Baie des Russes (also known as Russian Bay), where you can see humpback whales (at the right time of year), manta rays and dolphins. With all these riches, it’s no surprise that Madagascar has often been referred to as the fourth continent and promises you a spectacular sailing experience.
Dream Yacht Charter in Madagascar: Choose from our bareboat fleet from our base in Nosy Be our fully crewed Lagoon 620, Reve2Mer, for an all-inclusive experience. If you need help planning your charter, check out our inspirational itineraries or get in touch with our team to find out more.
The time difference in Madagascar is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +3 hours. US citizens need a passport valid beyond their departure date with at least one page free for visa stamps and a valid visa. You will need to show return flight tickets and that you have sufficient funds for your stay. Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.
French is the local language and getting around can be challenging if you can’t speak the local language. You can ride the public bus between towns, which is a cheap way to travel, but it is easier to rent a car to explore the main cities and parks although you may be required to hire a driver as well. There are no bus schedules and operation is unreliable as the bus will leave when it is full. Public transport to the airport works on the same basis, so talk to us about arranging transfers on your behalf.
For specific information about restrictions, visit the customs department website.
The currency is the Malagasy Ariary. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in some areas but it is recommended you carry cash. All ATMs dispense Malagasy Ariary. Banks are available in the main cities and are open Monday to Saturday (8am to 5pm). Travelers checks are not accepted in Madagascar.
You will find Wi-Fi hotspots in bars and restaurants that are strong enough to send and receive basic emails but you may struggle with Skype and FaceTime. The local 3G and mobile network is generally very good. A local sim card with 1GB of data can be purchased for approximately Ar25,000 (around $7).
Temperatures in Madagascar are tropical and warm year-round with midday temperatures averaging 85ºF. The winter months are between April and October and are cooler, while the summer months from November to March are hot with variable rainfall and possible monsoons. The best times to visit are between January and March. The south of the island sees the least rain.
Sailing conditions in Madagascar: From October to July, there is an easterly blowing Varatraz wind in the mornings and the westerly Talo wind in the afternoons. From August to September, the Varatraz is dominant throughout the day but is strongest during the afternoon when it can reach 45 knots.. There are two tides each day, from 30cm to 4.5m between high tide and low tide.