Top 5 Destinations Across Madagascar For Diving Enthusiasts
Located within the Madagascan Marine Park, Nosy Tanikely is a great first dive to introduce you into the waters around Madagascar. It’s perfect for newbies and advanced divers alike. Home to stunning marine life, corals, and fauna, this enchanting dive consists of drop-offs and shallow, flat reefs with great visibility. The colors are spectacular, you’ll find Stingray, Barracudas, Tuna, Moray Eels, Groupers, Lion Fish, Frogfish, Brain Corals, Hard and Soft Corals, large Gorgonian Fans, Tube Sponges, Triggerfish, Turtles, Blue Spotted Stingrays and so much more. This dive site is perfect for all those budding naturists out there.
The Four Brothers is an awe-inspiring dive site, which consists of 4 large, silver-coloured, basalt rock domes that reach an impressive 90m and penetrate the crystal clear blue surrounding waters. Located southwest of the Mitsio Islands (an archipelago to the north of Nosy Be), this dive site boasts impressive overhangs, stunning rock formations, and caves, which provide shelter for many seabirds. Under the surface, you’ll find underwater cliffs that range from 4-20m at the sea floor. Home to a number of incredible species including; Blue Spotted Rays, Lobsters, Unicorn Fish, Crocodile Fish and many other species, this is a great dive for all levels of diver. If you find yourself on a romantic trip to this location, the best time to go is around sunset as the views are spectacular.
The Gran Banc Exterior (The Big Outside Bank)
This incredible open dive site is home to a large drop off and part of the large, continuous barrier reef. If you are a shark-a-holic, then this is the dive site for you. The maximum depth for this dive site is around 20m and is home to Tuna, Grouper, Soft Coral, Hard Coral, Table Coral, large Puffer Fish, White Tip Reef Sharks, Whale Sharks, and Hammerheads.
Nearly every diver wants to spend time with these magnificent creatures, and at Manta Point you can do just that. This ‘cleaning station’ provides a spectacular show for divers. Home to special cleaner fish and juvenile reef fish, the sandy seabed at this location is peppered with blocks of coral that are thriving with these hungry mouths, just waiting for these majestic giants to come past. Not only will you find Manta Rays, you’ll also find Devil Rays, Tuna, Grouper, Triggerfish, Whale Sharks, Vase Sponge, Crocodile Fish as well as hard and soft corals.
Gorgonian Fan Forest
If you’re in Madagascar, you MUST NOT MISS THIS DIVE. At some points, this dive feels a little eerie, however swimming amongst a forest of giant Gorgonian Fans is an experience like none-other. It is an out-of-this-world experience, almost like you’re moving through an artist’s painting, totally serial but incredible. As you move through this underwater forest you’ll see large Turtles, Blue-Spotted Rays, and Crocodile Fish. If you’re lucky, keep an eye out for Seahorses that cling onto the branches of the fans.