Cruise from Mahajanga to Nosy Be – 7 days

From 2 to 6 people. See details below.


© Malagasy Tours | Carte Talking about sailing is almost confidential in Madagascar !
However, here our recreation field is just marvelous. Smooth blows, calm sea, friendly sun and a dream setting.
Start from the mouth of River Betsiboka in Mahajanga, we navigate to the north, the Baie de Moramba with famous Tsingy, Nosy Lava island which is the former penal colony of Madagascar, archipelago of Madagascar with turquoise water, Baramamay, Nosy Iranja, the Baie des Russes, several anchorages as magical the one as the others. Dive in Nosy Tanikely to end up this secrete navigation. Our last call is Nosy Be.
NB :  The Cruise timing depends on the weather conditions.


  • Navigation aboard a suprerb sailboat ;
  • Mahajanga, the Bay de Moramba and Nosy Lava ;
  • Archipelago of Radama and turquoise anchorage ;
  • Dive in Nosy Tanikely and Nosy Be.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 7 days
  • Participant : from 2 to 8 persons
  • Support crew : the captain and crew
  • Accommodation : on board the Sésame (except in Nosy Be)
  • Meals : full board (except in Nosy Be)
  • Period : from April to December
  • Effort = 1

    “Easy”This trip is accessible to all. However, we ask you to be healthy.
    It is a journey of discovery and short hikes are scheduled for site visits.
    Madagascar is large, the steps in a vehicle can sometimes be a little long.

  • Confort =5

    “Deluxe”All nights are in hotels. The accommodations and/or the hotel are good categories and equivalent to 3 or 4 stars international standards. These are the best of the sites visited (subject to availability).
    Dinner in restaurant, lunch at the restaurant and / or picnic.
    Travel take place in comfortable vehicle on roads and/or on relatively good tracks.

D 1 : Embark in Mahajanga > Moramba Bay

Arrive in Mahajanga flying from Antananarivo or by drive after Ankarafantsika National Park.
Embark on board our SESAME maxi-trimaran, first approach with the captain and his crew.
Lunch on board. The afternoon is for the mooring in the wide estuary of Betsiboka River facing Mahajanga.
We hoist the sail in the afternoon and head to the North and towards Moramba Bay.
Dinner and night on board.

  • Duration : la nuit
  • Distance : 80 milles nautiques
  • Meals : Lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : sésame . Trimaran SESAM.

    Trimaran SESAMTrimaran SESAMPort hull : double back cabine with single berth in the front + shower and toilet.Starboard hull : double back cabine with double front berth + shower and toilet.Large panoramic saloon, spacious galley + 220 volts déeséalinisator in each cabine.2 canoe/kayak for river journey, snorkelling equipment.Tv, DVD player, books, iridium phone by satellite.Three crew members : Captain, sailor and hostess.

D 2 : Bay of Moramba

Get up to get through the place where must be the most beautiful bay in Madagascar, the bay of Moramba, some compare it to Halong bay.

We are at anchor to spend a full day swimming or visit. There is an amazing landscape with small Tsingy island topped with baobabs. It is very common to find lemurs there, also a few fishermen huts on the beach, cashew plantations inlands, that is about all. We are the only one in the world. Night in the anchorage.

  • Meals : Lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 3 : From Moramba bay to Nosy Lava

We navigate a bit north and leave the bay during breakfast. We visit Nosy Lava island where a prison that worth Cayenne was there until a little while ago. All is more or less in ruins nowadays. We walk through those barracks and thick walls that are full of histories and tragedies. Walk to the lighthouse at the top of the hill.

Walk and dinner in Analalava village.

Night in the anchorage facing thhe village.

  • Duration : 6h
  • Distance : 40 milles nautiques
  • Meals : Lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 4 and 5 : Archipelago of Radama

Navigate to Radama Islands. This archipelago is formed by four islands, fishermen live there and we can join them in the village. They also might come to us to sell their fishery products as tuna, bonito, barracuda to make tartars and Carpaccio, all in the basket deep in the fishing dugout. More astonishing, they even could ask us to charge their cell phones …even here ! Radama Islands are amongst the best diving spots in Madagascar. We provide mask, palm and tuba. We spend two days on spot and two nights in the anchorage.

  • Duration : 6h
  • Distance : 35 milles nautiques
  • Meals : Lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 6 : Archipel des Radama > Ambariomena

We spend the morning in Radama.

Tack to one island to another on the water if the wind is favourable, or with the canoe for some peaceful foray.

For the pleasure of the sea, the under water, diving looking for colourful fishes and corals. Meet Sakalava people inland, the tribe who live along north and west coast of Madagascar.

We set sail in the afternoon to stop a little bit further, to Ambariomena which is one of the greatest anchorage of the area.

  • Duration : 4h
  • Distance : 20 milles nautiques
  • Meals : Lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 7 : Nosy Tanikely and Nosy Be

We leave early Ambariomena to move straight to Nosy Tanikely to snorkel in this marine Park, all happens in 1 to 5 metres deep, it is an absolute aquarium. We pass Nosy Iranja and “la Baie des Russes” on the way. Swim, snorkel and get picnic lunch on the beach or on board. We continue the navigation in the afternoon to the “port du Cratère” in Nosy Be.


  • Duration : 6h
  • Distance : 45 milles nautiques
  • Meals : Lunch included / Dinner not included
Number of person 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person 2 358 € 1 698 € 1 368 € 1 254 € 1 178 €

Price includes:

  • The trimaran SESAME during 7days and 6 nights,
  • The captain and crew,
  • A sailor and a hostess,
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • Meals and nights in Nosy Be,
  • Tips and alcoholic drinks,
  • Personal insurance.




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