As one of the world's most remote scuba destinations, divers can avoid the crowds in Madagascar's Indian Ocean and enjoy pristine seascape and unusual marine life.
Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, is the world's fourth largest island and home to one of the largest coral reefs. Along the coast's vibrant coral reefs and nutrient rich sea beds, over 30 types of whale and dolphin, 5 types of turtle and 56 types of shark can be found. Madagascar is one of the world's more remote destinations and the ideal liveaboard diving holiday. Healthy coral reefs, vibrant ecosystems and unusual marine life can be found. Hammerhead sharks, yellowfin tuna, crocodile fish, grouper, manta rays and whale sharks frequent the area. Every June to September, the humpback whales come from the Antarctic to breed in Madagascar's warmer waters. Nosy Be is Madagascar's premiere dive location. Aboard a Madagascar sea safari, divers will discover waters littered with brilliant coral reefs, colorful sea beds and a few wrecks. Among this seascape, schools of travellies and barracudas, crocodile fish and iridescent reef fishes can be seen. This is also home to turtles, leopard sharks, black tip reef sharks and various rays. The nearby island of Nosy Tanikely is a marine park most noted for its stunning coral reef and massive gorgorian sea fans. Swimming among them, divers will see lots of hawksbill turtles, nudibranchs and reef fish. Corail Noir, which was recently discovered, has colonies of rare black corals as tall as 1.5 m. Famed for its remarkable basalt rock formations, the Mitsio Archipelago is made up of 14 small islands located 30 kilometres off the mainland. Largely uninhabited, these islands are surrounded by tropical, seldom explored reefs and offer some of the region's most pristine dive sites. This excellent diving destination can only be reached by a Madagascar liveaboard diving cruise. The area is inhabited by a large diversity of reef fish, damsels, groupers, moray eels, surgeons, barracuda, kingfish and tuna along with a wide range of hard and soft coral.
While diving can be done year round in Madagascar, the monsoon season normally runs from December to March. Therefore the best time to go is between May and December, when the visibility can be 30 m or more. The peak tourist season is in July and August, which are also the coolest months. Sea temperature ranges from 27C in January to March, to 23C from July to October. Air temperatures average 21C from November to April and 17C May to October.