Top things to do in Nosy Be

Top Choice French in The West Coast

La Table d’Alexandre

For a decadent lunch on a day trip around the island, stop at Alexandre’s. The debonair French chef here serves exquisite cuisine in a dining room that wouldn’t have looked out of place on the set of Out of Africa: …
Top Choice Madagascan in Ambatoloaka

Chez Maman

For a true Madagascan eating experience, try Chez Maman, located on Ambatoloaka’s main street. Mama buys her ingredients at Hell-Ville’s market every morning and everything she cooks is fresh, tasty and incredibly c…
Top Choice Italian in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Le Papillon

Highly recommended by locals, Le Papillon is the place to eat (and be seen) in town. It is set in a beautiful, old colonial house with a veranda in the heart of Hell-Ville. The Italian owner changes the menu accordi…
Distillery in Nosy Be

Lemuria Land

Ylang-ylang oil is distilled at Lemuria Land on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and daily during the rainy season (January to the end of March). The whole process of turning these somewhat-insignificant flowers into a …
Historic Site in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Sacred Banyan Tree

On the coast beyond the tiny village of Mahatsinjo, there's an enormous sacred banyan tree planted by the Queen of the Sakalava tribe in 1836. Nowadays, the Queen of Nosy Be makes an annual pilgrimage to sacrifice a…
Beach in The West Coast

Andilana

Far and away Nosy Be’s best beach, Andilana, at the island’s northwest tip, is a long stretch of pearly white sand, with water that’s true turquoise and clear as gin. It’s ideal for swimming and chilling for an afte…
Music in Nosy Be

Donia

Every year around Pentecost (late May or early June), Nosy Be holds a week-long music festival known as the Donia. Groups from Madagascar, neighbouring islands such as the Comoros, Réunion and Mauritius, and France …
Nature Reserve in Nosy Be

Parc National Lokobe

The Parc National Lokobe protects most of Nosy Be’s remaining endemic vegetation. The reserve is home to the black lemur (the male is dark brown, almost black, while the female is a lovely chestnut colour with white…
Madagascan in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Restaurant Manava

On the top floor, Restaurant Manava is an unexpected gem. The fare is simple but incredibly tasty, including grilled meat or fish with seasonal vegetables, and rice or chips. The balcony terrace is an atmospheric pl…
Seafood in The West Coast

Chez Loulou

Right on the beach, this casual restaurant and bar is best known for its gargantuan Sunday seafood buffet lunch (Ar40,000). Seafood also gets pride of place in the daily three-course meal. If you want to linger afte…