The largest of five islands in the Nosy Ankao 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 that was poisoned by rare toxic algae. In the 1990s 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, algae production began to collapse, creating the need for a new sustainable enterprise in the region. Thus the idea for Time + Tide Miavana was born, an eco luxury resort developed to ensure the archipelago’s protection.