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Location

Nosy Boraha, previously known as Île Sainte-Marie (and still popularly known by travellers as such), is a large island off the east coast of Madagascar.

The port and main town of Ambodifototra is located on the sheltered southwest side of the island.

The channel between Nosy Boraha and Madagascar is a popular place for whale watching, as substantial groups of humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic here to breed.

Position 17°00' S, 049°50.6' E.

Clearance

This an official port of entry.

See Madagascar/Formalities for full details of Clearance procedures.

On request, you may be granted a 3 month visa rather than the usual 1 month one when clearing in here, but visa extensions cannot be granted at this port.

Clearance is reported to only take a couple of hours. Dinghies can be safely tied up in the ferry port at the small wooden dock with a corrugated roof. It's advisable to use a stern anchor for the dinghy.

From the dinghy dock take the road next to the bakery "Choco Pain". The Police are 200m up this road on the right.

Customs and Port Police are on Ilot Madame, take the dinghy to the derelict concrete dock in front of the old colonial style building with brown columns. Again, use a stern anchor.

Last updated September 2016.

Coast Guard/Marine Malagasy
Tel:032-110-5908
Opening hours: 24/7
Officer Edouard
Customs
Opening hours: 08:00-12:30, 14:30-17:00(daily)
Officer Babilas and his assistance Bruno.
Genarmeries/Police
Tel:034-711-7107
Opening hours: 24/7
Police Station (Immigration)
Tel:032-684-4086
Opening hours: 24/7
Officer Adelain is the person to deal with.

Docking

There is a good anchorage in 8.5m with good holding just outside the harbour.

Most yachts anchor in the bay, just north and west of Ile Digue Madame.

Take care of the sumberged steel buoy - see comment below with co-ordinates.

It is possible to land by dinghy in both the Ferry Harbour (at the small wooden jetty with a corrugated roof) and Digue Madame Fisherman Harbour.

The town has most services required; banks, tourist information centre, bakery, hardware stores, pharmacy, fuel station, police station, internet service and markets.

Last updated September 2016.

nadireberker
nadireberker says:
Sep 07, 2016 06:37 PM

SY Keyif anchored in 17 0 215S 49 50 819E, close to Ilot Madam, on August 25,2016.
We stayed there for nearly 10 days, during strong southeasterlies. It is good holding, with very little to no swell.
There is a submerged steel buoy at 17 00 1945S 049 50 8482E. Take care, don't hit it!

Immigration, customs and port police formalities are easily finished in a couple of hours. Take the dinghy into the ferry port, and tie to the small wooden dock, you must use a stern anchor. The wooden dock has a corrugated roof, and a wooden door. Nobody touches the dinghy. Walk straight ahead, you will see the patisserie Choco Pain where there is good bread. Take the road next to the Choco Pain and the police are 200 meters on the right.

Customs and port police are on Ilot Madame, take dinghy to the broken down concrete wall in front of the old colonial style building with brown columns. Better to use the stern anchor.

Il Aux Nattes is the most besutiful spot to visit. It is possible to anchor in front of the entrance to the lagoon between Ile Sainte-Marie and Il Aux Nattes, at 17 5 551 S 49 48 553 E in 4 meters, all sand bottom. Slight to moderate swell, not uncomfortable. Take the dinghy ashore and visit Il Aux Nattes. The fishermen warned us to lock the outboard engine at night.

As a final comment, even though it rains often, and is a bit cool sometimes, we think Ile Sainte-Marie, aka Nosy Boraha has been a great introduction to Madagascar, with its friendly people, modest town, beautiful landscape, and the possibility to interact with the community here.

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