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 Nosy Hara - Profile

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Located on the NW tip of Madagascar, Nosy Hara is 20 miles from Antsiranana and 75 miles from Nosy Be.

The Nosy Hara archipelago is made up of about 12 small islands surrounded by coral reef and is one of the first large-scale marine protected areas in Madagascar.

Half the islands are made up of unique Malagsy 'tsingy' ecotype, producing cliffs and crags of weathered limestone popular with climbers. The other half are sand. Four of the islands (Nosy Hara, Nosy Lakandava, Nosy Anjombovola, and Nosy Andranzara) have forest growing amongst the crags inhabited by endemic birds, frogs and lizards.

Nearby Nosy Hao is also worth a visit, with an abundance of sea turtle from March to August (the largest population in Madagascar) and wonderful views at low tide.

There are 2 rangers living on Nosy Hara who have carved paths into the jagged rock for visitors.

Position 12° 13.79'S, 49° 0.99'E (anchorage at N end of the island)

Docking

Nosy Hara

Nosy Hara has high cliffs, which help shelter the anchorage. During the Varatraza wind (east and south-east wind) the west side of the island offers protection and when you have the Talio wind (west wind) the east of the island offers protection (only in the summer).

The anchorage is quite small, but spectacular. Cruisers visiting in 2014 reported that if you go ashore, the rangers will ask for a daily fee of approx. $4 per person. Take care ashore as the limestone rock has been carved by wind and rain into razor sharp rocks.

Ampasindava Courrier Bay

Tucked inside of Nosy Hara on the mainland is Ampasindava Courrier Bay (12 15.6S 49 06.2E) which offers a sheltered anchorage for visiting yachts with good holding and no charge. Google Maps showing location have been provided by Guillaume Pignol who runs a "yacht club" and snack bar on the beach here and offers lots of help and services to visiting cruisers.

Last updated August 2017.

Guillaume Pignol
Ampasindava Courrier Bay
Tel:+261322898252 ,VHF Channel 16
Runs a "yacht club" and snack bar on the beach. Can assist with repairs. Water, provisions. Multihulls can be beached here for hurricane season. Club house has shower, accommodation and bar. Market every Thursday morning in village, plus daily market in Diego/Antsiranana (1h30 by car).

kmwesterby
kmwesterby says:
Oct 27, 2017 10:55 AM

28 August 2017 - Ampasindava Courrier Bay
ANCHORED- 12 15.6S 49 06.2E excellent holding in Mud

We recently visited Guilliaume anchored off the beach in front of his Club & Snack Bar. We had strong winds from east & west at times some chop but no swell. He confirmed there is no charge from the Nosy Hara National Park for anchoring off the beach but there is at the Island. Guill and his family were very helpful and we found many things to do here before heading to the more touristic area of Nosy Be.

- Day trip to Windsor Castle 391m, an easy but hot walk (take water and go early) superb 360° views all over the north including Diego Suarez. It's about 3 miles by yacht from the village a lot further by road. Anchored 12 13.5S 49 09.1E Get Guill to order lunch from Davids Village the night before , collect a guide 10,000AR we had Fred, not much English but he was very caring and pointed out things on the way. There are old French gun emplacements past the village.

- Plane Wreck. Just off the beach, marked with a buoy is the wreck of a Blackburn Roc fighter bomber in approx 5m water. Visibility depends on tide and wind.

- Gulliame can help arrange a trip to Diego Suarez and a day trip to Mt D'Ambre national park would be easy from here. It felt like a place we could leave the boat safely to do a few days inland travel in the North. Unfortunately we had to move on but wished we had stayed longer.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 14, 2014 03:29 PM

It is now possible to get authorisation to visit the Glorieuses Islands.

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