Never underestimate what Madagascar can offer. For those who dive, Madagascar is special.
Let me share with you some comments from a friend of mine at Airlink, who operate direct flights from Johannesburg to Nosy Be and Antananarivo. Chris Hoare observes that the Nosy Be area has over 450 kms of reef which protects from fishing fleets and weather and creates a stunning diving environment. Says Chris “It’s also on the western side of Madagascar, so is well sheltered from the prevailing north-easterly winds as well as the tropical cyclones that come through the region in late January through to March on the eastern side of Madagascar”.
From Chris' expereince , “when you dive in South Africa, usually you’re dealing with commercial entities that are trying to maximise what they do with their equipment,”. “They limit the amount of time you can spend underwater, 50 minutes, 50 bar. But in Nosy Be they don’t pressure you during the dive, so you can really relax and maximise your underwater time.”
Given the location of Nosy Be region only “Deeper dives and night dives will require more advanced certification,” Open Water dive certification is basically fine. Chris points out, “Generally, for logistical reasons, Nitrox is not that readily available, but the profiles and the planning of the dives is such that you can still do up to three dives a day without compromising safety. Talking of safety, there is a DAN-accredited decompression chamber facility on Nosy Be, which is pretty unique in the context of other dive destinations in our region.”
For divers Nosy Be presents superb opportunities and opns the door to the rest of the amazing experiences of Madagascar. Dive Nosy Be - Discover Madagascar
Thanks to Chris Hoare for letting us share his experience and insights. Fly Airlink - our favourite airline to Madagascar.