Flights to Madagascar from South Africa
Madagascar Scuba Diving Holiday
Madagascar delivers spectacular diving at all levels in waters
teeming with life that only a few divers have ever experienced.
Its incredible range of crystal-blue waters, their rhythms and secrets,
are all preserved to provide a unique and colourful environment
for the enjoyment of divers. Add to this the fact that Madagascar
is a relatively un-explored environment and that you're guaranteed
unforgettable underwater flora and fauna.
Diving in Madagascar is concentrated around the islands of Nosy
Be in the upper north-west, Ile Sainte Marie in the east and Tulear
in the south-west. Diving caters for all levels of experience, from
level 1 to level 3 CMAS and Open Water to Divemaster PADI.
Madagascar also has many diving schools and dive centres. Most of
the centres are open all year round, though typically the best season
is from May to January, with extra preference for September to November
as whale-sharks are more likely to be encountered during that time
period. These centres tend to be fully-equipped with highly experienced
instructors and staff, as well as having access to boats that are
necessary to reach the best dive sites.
Safety is of the utmost importance, and most centres therefore have
boats equipped with GPS, a depth finder, VHS radio, oxygen, Scubapro
sets and Bauer compressors.
NOTE: Scuba diving equipment is not always available in the full
range of sizes and makes, so bringing your own dive gear is a sensible
precaution. There are no Hyperbaric (decompression) chambers in
Madagascar, so it’s best to be extra-careful when tackling
Diving in Madagascar is not limited to scuba diving, as snorkelling
in the shallow reefs yields incredible sights and experiences, especially
for the more inexperienced divers or those travelling in family
groups with younger children.
Discover the best of Madagascar in this fascinating eight day tour with
bustling markets and ever changing scenery.
Highlights: Scuba Diving, Sakatia Island, Snorkelling,
Sea Kayaking (optional).
Price: Per person sharing
Tour Fare: (2009)*
U$830 + Diving option A or B / €520 + Diving option A or B
Single Supplement: U$285/ €180
Diving Option A: Weights & Tank hire: USD 560, EUR 350
Diving Option B: Full Diving equipment hire: USD 595, EUR 370
Supplement for Upgraded Accommodation:
Per person Sharing: plus U$140 / plus €85
Single Supplement: plus U$140 / plus €85
6 nights Half Board Accommodation in a Nature Bungalow at Sakatia
Lodge, 1 night bed & breakfast accommodation in IC Hotel (or
similar) in Antananarivo, return airport transfers in Antananarivo
& Nosy Be,
10 Dives with weights & tank hire OR Full equipment hire (depending
on your choice of supplement)
International and domestic flights, airport taxes, all optional
excursions, all personal expenses, travel and medical insurance,
tips, laundry, all drinks, visas, snorkelling and fishing equipment,
lunches and any other meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Departure Dates 2008 & 2009:
Departs every Saturday from April to December.
Departing on a Saturday, ending the following Saturday.
Scuba Diving, Sakatia Island, Snorkelling, Sea Kayaking (optional).
Type of Tour: Scuba Diving
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Arrive Nosy Be - Madagascar. On arrival to Nosy Be airport, you
will be met & transferred by car (45 minutes) and boat (10 minutes)
to the island of Sakatia.
Enjoy your first tropical dinner on the island and spend your evening
listening to the calls of the exotic bush. [D]
Day 2: - 7.
Sakatia Lodge - Nosy Be. 10 dives have been included in your package,
allowing for 2 dives per day. Your non-diving hours will be spent
at your leisure, enjoying the island, taking walks, snorkelling,
and taking additional excursions from the lodge if you wish. [BD]
On day 7 - your last day in Nosy Be, you will be transferred from
Sakatia Lodge to Nosy Be airport for your flight to Antananarivo.
Here you will be met at the airport & transferred to IC Hotel
(or similar), close to the airport, where you will stay the night
on a bed and breakfast basis. [B]
Antananarivo - Johannesburg. After breakfast, you will be transferred
back to Tana airport for your flight departing for your home destination.