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Nosy Be

Madagascar Expedition

Sitting off the southeast coast of Africa is Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, and one of the great sailing locations worldwide. The island evolved in isolation separated from mainland Africa--its famed for its largely endemic array of wildlife and biodiversity. Nosy Be is a small archipelago located along the northwest coast of Madagascar and by far the most popular sailing destination in the country. While world cruisers get to set their eyes on a diverse landscape dotted with archipelagos and a rich agricultural land, it is the mix of culture and nature that brings this itinerary to life.

The Madagascar Expedition - limited to two private double cabins and two single cabins aboard a premier 45' catamaran with a crew of 3 comprised of a Malagasy captain and Sailing Collective chef & translator.

+ Single Cabin Per Traveler: $4600 ( A $500 payment is required to reserve your spot, which will be applied towards the required deposit.)

+ Double Cabin Per Traveler: $3900 ( A $1000 payment is required to reserve your spot, which will be applied towards the required deposit.)


50% deposit required to confirm your cabin

What's included

  • A private cabin aboard a catamaran

  • Professional captain, personal chef, first mate (3-crew)

  • SC travel guide & French to English translator

  • All meals aboard + beverages (including stock spirits, beer, and wine)

  • Not included: Crew gratuity, travel, mandatory travel insurance

*Price listed is per cabin. Please review Terms & Conditions and the Cancelation Policy prior to booking. By booking a cabin, you agree to all Terms & Conditions.

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October 16th — 24th 2024

9 days, 8 nights


Nosy Be


2 Double Cabins

2 Single Cabins


$500 Single Cabin

$1000 Double Cabin


The land is great but when you chose to set sail with The Sailing Collective you will encounter life-altering experiences and you will see some of the most remote islands in the world, only reachable by boat.

Jean Miller Spoljaric, traveler aboard the Madagascar SC Expedition

Itinerary Example

Crater Bay, Nosy Be After departing Crater Bay, it’s common to sail counter-clockwise around Nosy Be with the first leg of the itinerary sailing towards Nosy Amariovato. From there, sailing along the east side of Nosy Be en route to Nosy Mitsio. After a few days in the norther islands, sailing south with an overnight anchorage in Nosy Sakatia located on Nosy Be’s western coast is recommended. South from there is Russia Bay (or Ambavatoby Bay) and Nosy Iranja, two popular locations during the itinerary. 

Nosy Mitsio - Sailing north from Nosy Be, you’ll find a small archipelago that’s roughly 45 nautical miles north of Nosy Be and made up of about one dozen islands. La Grande Mitsio is the largest island, with a few small farming villages dotting the landscape. There are no stores or even a supply shop ashore. A five kilometer long white sand beach lines the main cove. Upon arrival, you will find a very different and traditional way of living. Nosy Mitsio is completely isolated and the few villages on the island trade only minimally outside of their communities, unlike Nosy Be which is home to resorts accommodating mostly French and Italian tourists. Nosy Mitsio has remained more untouched by modern ways of life. The island is lush with palm trees along the beach where the settlements are built.

Tsarabanjina - After spending a few days exploring the various islands in the northern archipelago, most sailors turn their itinerary south towards Nosy Be. Along the way is the small island of Tsarabanjina. Surrounded by coral reefs and covered in layers of thick greenery, this small island is located between Nosy Be and Nosy Mitsio, perfectly suited for an afternoon stopover to swim off your boat. Only one suitable anchorage exists here, which is located off the Southern point of the island. Good snorkeling can be found on either side of the beach. The resort itself is private and offers an exclusive ambiance to only a few lucky patrons at a time and sailors are able to experience a taste of it. 

Nosy Iranja - South of Nosy Be located a few nautical miles from mainland Madagascar is Nosy Iranja. The island is home to some of the most tranquil turquoise waters sitting off the Baramahamay River and surrounded by mangrove trees that feed into an electric blue colored sea. A well positioned lighthouse has been constructed at the top of this island, which is also home to the school on the island. Nosy Iranja is a hatching ground for both Green turtles and Hawksbill turtles, which can be seen swimming around the anchorage. These turtles can grow up to 5 feet long and are easy to spot from the boat as they come up for a breath in between dives to snack on the seagrass below. There is a long spit of white sand that connects the main island of Nosy Iranja with its southeast point.

Russian Bay - Ambavatory, or Russian Bay is 25 nautical miles from Nosy Be located on mainland Madagascar at the tip of the Ampasindava Peninsula. Sheltered from the sea and surrounded by vibrant green hills that are completely covered with a jungle, Russian Bay is a remarkable environmental ecosystem that’s frequented by pods of dolphins, whale sharks and other unique species. It also serves as a mating ground for humpback whales, while the beaches are a nesting place for sea turtles. The bay is also lined with exceptional coral reefs. On land, there are scattered fishing villages along the waterfront, and the community is largely made up of boatbuilders and fishermen that happily welcome you ashore to explore their domain.


Flannery Klette-Kolton

Flannery Klette-Kolton

Culinary Director and Chef

Despite my tiny frame, I am an eater and food is always on my mind! I love every element of the food experience, from shopping the finest the farmers market has to provide to the preparation of an exquisite meal. A hostess at heart, it is the sensual and intimate aspect of dining that remains most important to me.  I always keep in mind that overall indulgence is exemplified through flawless service and genuine hospitality. I believe that food has the capacity to fascinate and surprise, and I am not one to resist sharing my discoveries with any innocent bystander who has a set of ears, an open mind, and an empty stomach. 

Important Notes

What airport do I need to fly into?

  • Fascene Airport NOS. Nosy Be, Madagascar. Common flight options: USA to Paris then separate flight Paris to Nosy Be on Air Austral. There are numerous flights with a layover in Addis Ababa Mole International Airport, Ethiopia. Additional flights have layovers in the Madagascar capital of Antananarivo with layovers in Johannesburg.

What is the average flight cost from New York City to Madagascar?

  • $1600 to $2200 round trip and the average flight time is 24 hours. Take your time for a layover in South Africa, Paris, or Antananarivo.

When should I arrive?

  • We recommend you arrive in Nosy Be, Madagascar one-day in advance to acclimate to the climate and environment.

What style of travel should I expect with Sailing Collective in Madagascar?

  • It's not about luxury in this itinerary, it's about experience. We'll be sailing in some of the most remote areas on earth and resources can be limited. For example, the catamarans you'll be living on will be older than the normal catamaran used during the Sailing Collective voyage. It is difficult to get new parts being so remote. But we're here not for luxury - you can book a 5-star hotel after charter and life aboard is all about the experience, community, and joys of travel. This is adventure travel - you should be prepared for it.

What kind of traveler is a good fit for this voyage in Madagascar?

  • Sailing Collective provides a high level of customer service and we work diligently to make sure you are fully prepared and ready for the voyage. With that said, we do expect you to be a seasoned traveler who is easy-going and amenable to change in an unpredictable journey.

Flight Schedule to Nosy Be

Airlines that fly to Nosy Be, Madagascar

  1. Air Austral | Paris -> Nosy Be layover in Reunion & Mayotte | 4 flights per week

  2. Airlink | Johannesburg -> Nosy Be | 1 flight per week

  3. Neos | Milan -> Nosy Be | 3 flights per week

  4. Ethiopian Airlines | Paris -> Nosy Be | layover in Addis Abada | 3 flights per week

We are happy to work with you to plan the best flights that work with your schedule. It is recommended to purchase two separate flights, first flight is from your starting airport to your connecting flight to Nosy Be in South Africa or Europe. Then, purchase a separate flight from the connecting location to Nosy Be. Many SC travelers decide to enjoy a layover in the connecting city if your time allows for it.


Nosy Be, Madagascar | Aéroport international de Nosy Be-Fascene

We recommend arriving a day before the departure begins in the event there are travel delays or interruptions. Nosy Be is home to outstanding hotels and resorts marked at a very affordable price. Sailing Collective will assist with recommendations and coordinating your travel plans


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