Winter snorkelling in Madagascar?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 17, 2013 6:09 PM Last Post By: Brett_M
Feb 3, 2013 9:16 AM
Feb 4, 2013 7:54 AM
1Most of Madagascar is in the tropics and the rest is subtropical, so “winter” is a relative term. I wouldn’t worry about the water temperature – after all, how many people go snorkelling and scuba diving in “winter” on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which lies in the same latitudes?
You can find good snorkelling at Nosy Tanikely, which is one of the small islands off Nosy Be, or less accessibly, but very rewarding, in the marine reserve sections of Masoala National Park – head via Antalaha to Cap Est, or get to Maroantsetra and head down to Tampolo. There’s also good snorkelling from islands offshore from Belo sur Mer, which you can get to from Morondava before or after visiting the Tsingy.
Doubtless other posters will have their own favourite spots to recommend.
Feb 4, 2013 11:10 AM
Feb 4, 2013 11:18 AM
3Waters all round the coast of Madagascar broadly follow a pattern of starting off calm in the morning and getting progressively rougher as the day goes on, so you might like to keep that in mind when choosing your time to get in the water.
On the other hand, I haven't heard of people visiting, say Nosy Tanikely restricting activities to a particular time of day.
Feb 4, 2013 2:56 PM
Feb 17, 2013 6:09 PM
5Oh my goodness, Cairns in the winter (Latitude 17) and where I live in Noosa (latitude 26), oh, they are very different, water here is freezing horrible in the winter. The same could theoretically go for the difference between Nosy Be where it is nice and warm tucked in the Mozambique Channel at Lat 13, and Anakao at Lat 23.5, although I don't think so, I think the west coast of Madagascar is more consistent.
In Fort Dauphin (south east) we get very strong, very cold southerlies for most of July and August, the sea is terribly rough and terribly cold, but, you won't want to dive east coast anyway.
West Coast is always warmer, you could google the diving places in the south at Anakao, there is at least one that speaks good English and has a website in a few languages. There are also at least two major diving NGO's working on the east coast in Andavadoaka who I am sure would answer questions about visibility etc.
Really your choices for good accessible diving are going to be as described in (1) above in the north, Andavadoaka (near Morombe), and south of Tulear to Anakao.
(5 star Hotel)
From US$312.78 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$236.68 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$181.85 per night