The following companies come to Nosy Be airport:
From the airport, take a taxi or other vehicle to the port of Nosy Komba next to the large port of Hell-Ville.
By car, bush taxi or private 4×4 taxi. Departure from Antananarivo, Mahajunga or Diego Suarez; arrival at Ambanja. Then take a taxi to Ankify (30 minutes). Then, transfer by dugout canoe or fast boat from Ankify to Nosy Komba or Nosy Be.
Most of the collective boats from Ankify go to the port of Hell Ville Nosy Be. If you want to go directly to Nosy Komba without passing through Nosy Be, please inform the person in charge of the boat before leaving Ankify.
By the sea
Transfer from Hell-Ville Nosy Be in a “collective” pirogue (with other people) from 9:00 am to noon every morning. Price per person: 10 000 ariary. For those who wish to be independent, it is possible to rent a fast boat for a special transfer.
By cruise ship :
Sailboat or ferry cruise.
Please contact specialized agencies for more information.
The essentials to take
Water purification tablets
Travelling mosquito net
Disposable plastics (razors, etc.)
Lots of cash
Take anti-malaria treatment and repellent against mosquito bites.
Do not confuse euro and ariary (the local currency). By believing to “spoil” certain people, one does not necessarily do a service!
Even if you are not a “Cousteau”, bring a diving mask to discover the marine fauna in less than 3 meters of water.
It’s important to respect the closing periods of protected species in reproduction: shrimps, spiny lobsters, crabs, octopuses… because it is possible that some restaurant owners offer them anyway! These animals are now endangered.
To avoid contributing to their disappearance, do not buy dead shells, turtle shells, shark teeth, dried seahorses, etc.
In general, during excursions, do not touch any species.
Questions / Advice
What to do with your waste?
Although some tourist service providers treat their waste, unfortunately there is no recycling or waste disposal centre. Do not leave batteries and other difficult to dispose of products at the end of your stay, as there is a good chance that they will end up in the forest or at the bottom of the ocean.
Why don't you forget a hat or a cap?
Take a hat or cap, as the boat crossings are sometimes long and the sun could be dangerous. For sensitive skin, don’t hesitate to take a long-sleeved t-shirt or a shirt and a pareo.
What is the essential to take in his suitcase if there was only one?
Don’t go out at night without a flashlight, on the island there is no public electricity. The moon is a friend, but she’s not there every night.