AFRICA | MADAGASCAR 57 Nosy Mitsio The archipelago of Nosy Mitsio, is a collection of ten or more islands that lie 70 kilometres north of Nosy Be and are reachable only by boat. The main island of La Grande Mitsio is surrounded by many smaller islands. Tsarabanjina is especially beautiful being fringed by pure white beaches lapped by crystal blue waters. The surrounding reefs harbour a wealth of marine life including turtles, rays and a myriad of colourful fi sh. There are also important seabird colonies with large numbers of nesting frigate birds, tropic birds and brown boobies. L'Hotel Tsarabanjina MID Few places match the solitude and tranquillity of Tsarabanjina. This is the place to live out your ' Robinson Crusoe' fantasies! The island covers a mere 22 hectares into which is set a collection of 18 beautiful wooden chalets all located by the beach. The ambience is attentive but laid back and days are spent snorkelling, scuba diving, sea- kayaking or simply relaxing. Nosy Iranja About 50 kilometres south- west of Nosy Be and off the Ampasindava Peninsula, Nosy Iranja actually splits into two islands at high tide, Iranja Komba and Iranga Kely, but at low tide the two are joined together by a long white sandbank. These islands provide important breeding beaches for nesting hawksbill turtles and work is in progress to safeguard and monitor their populations. Nosy Iranja Hotel HIGH Situated on Iranja Kely, this refurbished property is now one of Madagascar's most sought- after boutique hotels. Arranged sympathetically along the shore are 29 luxurious wooden rooms that ooze quality and class. Each has its own sea view. Fact! Nosy Komba is famous for its population of very tame black lemurs that are considered sacred by the local people. The island is very popular, so expect company! Nearby, the marine reserve of Nosy Tanikely offers great snorkelling and the chance to see a colony of roosting fruit bats ( fl ying foxes). These islands are generally visited on a day excursion from Nosy Be. Or visit us on the web www. wildlifeworldwide. com
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