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Why Dive Madagascar?

  • Flights depart twice weekly, Madagascar is a mere 4 hour flight from Johannesburg.
  • Superb fauna, flora and hospitality of the island create a unique atmosphere.
  • St. Marie is one of the most loved Malagasy areas.
  • Madagascar offers the ultimate escape from civilization.
  • St. Marie boasts numerous secluded beaches and coves.
  • A choice of several wrecks to dive.
  • Calm, shallow dive sites for the novice diver.
  • A unique opportunity to dive and snorkel with whales and their calves at certain times of the year.
  • Overhangs covered with red anemone like hard coral make an excellent backdrop for under water photography.
  • Whale sharks, dolphins and manta's often frequent the reefs.

Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha), a 57 km-long island off Madagascar’s east coast, is an authentic tropical island with lush vegetation interspersed with many small villages. This island is beautiful, offering the ultimate escape from civilisation. The hotels along its coast range from basic to classy establishments with all necessary modern facilities. The lush surroundings bring to mind images of an enormous tropical garden. It’s ideal for honeymoon couples or anybody with a romantic flair. Sainte Marie boasts numerous white sandy beaches and secluded coves, fringed with coconut palms. The coral reefs offshore offer excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. In August and September, hump-backed and other types of whales migrate here and are a huge attraction. The roads beckon mountain bikers and most hotels hire bicycles and snorkelling gear.

Ile Aux Nattes is a small island south of Sainte Marie. Off its idyllic beaches are some of the best reefs in the Malagasy region. This is a wonderful option for budget travellers. Boat transport to and from the nearby Sainte Marie Island is easy to arrange. No cars on the island!

Please note:

As Madagascar does not have a decompression chamber, please ensure that you have comprehensive dive insurance (DAN).
Dives that are cancelled or not completed by the clients are non refundable.

Dive Sites:

  • The South - Ile Aux Nattes:
    La Pagode, an accessible, large coral formation that drops to 12m and allows for an easy dive. You may see rays, lobster, moray eels, turtles, trumpet fish and many coral species. The pagoda coral is a unique feature of this dive.
  • The wreck that is situated not far off the coral reef is at 12m. You can easily penetrate the wreckage and the propeller provides some fun photo opportunities. The wreck is home to the bigger wreck dwelling species.
  • Shark Pass is an 8m dive that is only done at high tide. Strong current flows along a small canyon and you can see small grey shark, surgeon and parrot fish.
  • West Coast - La Crique:
    Coco Bay an easy 25m deep dive down a granite stone slope. This dive has a variety of coral formations as well as orange and pink sea fans, pelagic fish like barracuda and tunnie and the usual coral fish abound like surgeon fish, rock cod and gobies. There is also the chance of encountering a turtles. A special feature of this dive is the black coral.
  • The wreck dive is a challenging deep dive to 40m, but the sight of the huge pelagics makes this a very rewarding dive.
  • Paroi des Merous drops to 40m is a site for experienced divers only and offers some exciting diving. You can see big groupers called Merou, potato bass, kingfish, barracuda, snapper and the usual coral fish. This is also a good site for nudibranches, porcelain shells and turtles. This dive site often had current and only advanced divers will be allowed to dive here.
  • The North - La Cocoteraie:
    Anivorano Rocks offers diving on granitic rocks with barracuda to 20m on this dive you may be lucky enough to see the Napoleon Wrasse. The strong current allows for an easy drift dive.
  • The wreck of a Reunion cable boat is an easy dive at 15m providing magnificent photo opportunities – stonefish, crocodile fish, lionfish, puffer fish, octopus, lobster and the usual colourful reef fish keep you entranced.
  • Cape Alebrand on the island’s North Cape, has a sandy sea bottom with granite rocks it drops to 20m. It is a beautiful dive, and there is the opportunity to see grey shark, black tip sharks, rays and barracuda as well as eagle rays.
  • The East
    Ile Aux Sable: This is a sandy islet off the east coast which has 3 good diving spots that range from 15 – 25 metres. The fish species that can be seen are: little black and white tip shark, groupers, lobster, kingfish, tuna, stingrays, pipefish and traveller fish. Turtles are also often sighted here and the coral gardens abound with the usual coral fish.
  • Ile Aux Baleines (Island of the Whales): The same type of diving as at Ile Aux Sable, but a lot wilder and unexplored.

Humpback whales migrate past the island from July to October. Contact us for our whale excursion itineraries.