The island of lemurs
Nosy Komba is a circular volcanic island, located in the northwest of Madagascar, 7km from Hell-Ville in Nosy Be. The position of its geographical centre is 13°47 / 48°34.
The island measures 6.5km in its greatest length and 5km in its greatest width. Its summit reaches more than 622m.
The climate is tropical, humid and hot, with two seasons: a hot and rainy season – the rainy season – from November to March, and a cooler and drier season – the austral winter – from April to October.
There are several villages on Nosy Komba; the largest are Ampangorina, Anjiabe and Antrema; they are located on the coast. The others are established around the island and in the heights, next to the plantations. The population of the island is growing steadily; its demography in 2022 is 7,595 inhabitants.
Nosy Komba is home to many lemurs of the same species, the macaco makis. These small cuddly animals, which live in groups led by one or two females, populate the forests of the island and attract visitors who come specially to see them.
With no roads, cars or electricity, Nosy Komba is a peaceful place. In this small corner of the world, one lives to the rhythm of the sun and the sailing pirogues, as if time had stopped.
This magnificent island, as much by its nature as by the gentle way of life of its inhabitants, charms the visitor as soon as he arrives, and bewitches those who linger there.
On Nosy Ambariovato – the island surrounded by rocks – there are many volcanic rocks, mainly syenites such as granite, which is quarried, dykes, which are pieces of magmatic rock that seep into cracks in other rocks, as well as basalt and slate.
The exploitation of the rock has become a very important activity. Several granite quarries have sprung up around the island. Every day, sailing dhows from all over the region dock at Nosy Komba to take on board thousands of rubble stones, which are transported to Nosy Be or to the mainland of Madagascar.