Nosy Be is an island about 8 km off the northwest coast of Madagascar. It is the country's largest and busiest tourist resort. The population is about 75 thousand. The island's main town is Andoany (Hellville).
We stayed at the Ravintsara Wellness Hotel on the northwest side of the island.
Dive shop: Scuba Nosy Be
Schools of fish
Here we stayed at the Domaine de Florette, near the village of Andrafiamena in the middle of the island near Mont Passot.
The highlands are a montane rainforest remnant and are home to the black lemur, Eulemur macaco, the most extremely dimorphic of all lemurs. Males are all black with bright orange eyes, while females are chestnut brown with white ear tufts.
Ylang-ylang (Cananga dorata), originally from Indonesia, is grown for its highly-fragrant essential oil, extracted from its flowers by steam extraction. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy and perfume, and in Madagascar is also used to flavor ice cream. The trees are pruned to keep the leaves and flowers within easy reach.
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