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Nosy Be

Nosy Be, meaning 'big island' in Malagasy, is located of the northwest coast of Madagascar and is a must for all visitors to Madagascar. Featuring spectacular beaches such as Madirokely, Belle Vue and Andilana, Nosy Be is also known for its verdant tropical forest which is teeming with a diversity of wildlife, namely Lokobe Natural Reserve, where fantastic bird watching opportunities abound as well as views of volcanic lakes.

Information & Facts

15km off Ambanja on the north-western coast of Madagascar
By speedboat from Ankify: MGD 20,000. Passenger ticket for Fivondronana Ferry: MGD 15,000.
Malagasy is the official language, but French is used in business and government and is widely spoken in the main cities in Madagascar. A few people involved in the tourism industry might be able to speak some English, but it is not widely spoken.

The official currency is the Malagasy ariary (MGA), which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc. Coins and notes display both currencies, but newer notes display the ariary more prominently than the franc. One ariary is equal to five francs. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux de change, but the ariary cannot be changed back into hard currency. Some banks will only accept US dollars or Euro. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at most banks and in major hotels, but some banks refuse to accept them. ATMs are available in Antananarivo. Most major credit cards are starting to be accepted in top hotels and major travel agencies in the capital and other major towns, but have limited usage elsewhere.

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