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Madagascar has been called the land in a forgotten sea. It's the fourth biggest island on earth and has a number of small peripheral islands off it's coastline. With an unparalleled mixture of endemic wildlife and plant species in a variety of habitats from rainforest to reefs, Madagascar truly is one of the greatest biodiverse regions on earth.

The country has an interesting geographic history; after the split of Gondwana, Madagascar became part of the Madagascar/Antarctica/India landmass as separate to the Africa/South America landmass. After it's split from India, it's plants and animals were allowed to evolve in relative isolation.

Human settlement occurred in Madagascar around 1500 years ago with people arriving in canoes from areas around Borneo. One of the major attractions of Madagascar are the lemur, with over 100 species, and most endemic to their regions. Of the 17 identified species of lemur which have become extinct since human settlement, all of them were larger than the surviving species.
species of Lemur - all endemic to Magagascar
Fourth largest island on earth
Land in the forgotten sea
23 million+
with over 2 million people living in the capital Antananarivo
The official languages of Madagascar are Malagasy and French
Madagascar provides half the world's supply of sapphires
Over 80%
of Madagascan wildlife species are found nowhere else on earth
Over 80%
of Madagascan plants are found nowhere else on earth
Madagascar is one of the world's major suppliers of vanilla and cloves

Nosy Ankao

10 km2
The largest of five islands in the archipelago, Nosy Ankao has an interesting history. A transient location for seasonal fisherman, the one small village lost its entire population (of around 10) after they ate turtle meat which was poisoned by seasonal algea.

In the 1990's the island was used by 'pirates' as a way to avoid police control on the roads between the Sava and Diana regions of northern Madagascar.

In 1998, Ibis Algoculture was created as a way to preserve the area, reduce fishing pressure and provide alternate employment through seaweed farming. The waters surrounding the archipelago are rich with nutrients and provide a fantastic environment for coral and marine life.

After many years of success, in 2010, following several episodes of extreme water heat, the algae production began to collapse which is how Miavana was born; an eco luxury accommodation development to ensure Nosy Ankao and the archipelago's protection.
Activities & Seasons Explore Miavana

Madagascan attractions

  • Loky Manabatao Protected Area
  • Ankarana Reserve
  • Amber Mountain National Park
  • Diego Suarez
  • Nosy Be
Miavana is part of the Nosy Ankao archipelago which is part of a 15,000 hectare protected marine area on the north-eastern coast of Madagascar, so the wildlife is untouched and abundant. Only a 30 minute boat ride away, we have access to this protected area and will take you walking for lemurs; find rare and endemic species such as the Golden Crowned Sifaka, Crowned Lemur and Perrier's Sifaka.
Ankarana is known for it's grey tsingy, a plateau of 150-million-year old Jurassic limestone. The rock is susceptible to erosion, which produces the amazing sharp spire like formations as well as caves and underground rivers. The area is known for housing groups of crowned lemur and Sanford's brown lemur, with other lemur and Sifaka species also recorded in the reserve.
Joffreville is built on the edge of the Amber Mountain National Park, located about 45 minutes drive north of Diego Suarez. Amber Mountain NP is known for its endemic wildlife including many lemur species, picturesque plants, waterfalls and forests and the chance to see the fossa.
Antsiranana is also known as Diego Suarez, and is the largest city in northern Madagascar. It is sheltered by the Bay of Diego Suarez which is the second largest bay in the world. It was seen as a strategic location by the French and British forces during World War Two. It was the site of operation Iron Clad, and houses both French and British naval cemeteries.
Nosy Be means Big Island in Malagasy, and it houses a number of tourist resorts and hotels. Its nickname is the perfumed island as there are a number of ylang ylang plantations grown for the production of essential oil.

Getting there

International flights
Air France
Paris - Antananarivo
Air Austral
Reunion - Nosy Be
Air Seychelles
Mahe - Antananarivo
Mayotte - Diego Suarez
Mauritian Airways
Port Louis - Antananarivo
Kenyan Airways
Nairobi - Antananarivo
South African Airlines
Johannesburg - Antananarivo
Private Jet Charter
Mfuwe - Diego Suarez
Int. airport
Domestic airport
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Getting there

Domestic flights
30 min helicopter flight
Diego Suarez - Miavana
1 hour helicopter flight
Nosy Be - Miavana
1 hour, 55 min flight
Antananarivo (Tana) - Diego Suarez (Madagasikara Airways + Air Madagascar)
Int. airport
Domestic airport
Destination airport
Flight path
Map Map