For the ultimate freedom to explore Nosy Be’s shores and the surrounding islands, you can charter one of the speedboats doing the Hell-Ville–Ankify transfer for around Ar250,000 a day.

Car & Motorcycle

The best way to get around Nosy Be is by motorcycle (helmets are compulsory): roads are not bad, traffic is light, distances are short and the weather is lovely – perfect conditions to ditch the car, which rules on the mainland. If you’d rather have a vehicle, a sedan (saloon) car is perfectly adequate.


  • Collective taxis (Ar2000) travel between Hell-Ville and Ambatoloaka (15 minutes) and between Hell-Ville and Djamandjary (25 minutes), from 6am until 7pm. Pick them up near the market in Hell-Ville, and flag them down on the main road of Ambatoloaka as they cruise (and beep) for customers.
  • A chartered taxi between Hell-Ville and Ambatoloaka costs Ar25,000, between Hell-Ville and Andilana Ar30,000. From Hell-Ville’s centre to the jetty costs Ar2000.
  • Tuk-tuks whizz around the towns of Hell-Ville and Ambatoloaka and are a cheap alternative to taxis. They cost Ar500 during the day, and Ar1000 after 8pm.