Nosy Tanikely
Nosy Tanikely
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Relax77119
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We arrived at Nosy Be as part of two islands excursion. We visited Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely.

First stop Nosy Tanikely in Malagasian the name means "Little Island". This is an underwater and land reserve.

After another early tender (7.30am!) we reach this small island by speed boat!
Here we had plenty of snorkelling time. There were a lot of well preserved reefs with plenty of fish species. After 2 hours in the water we took the boat to Nosy Komba.
This is the island where we found most of the animals living in Madagascar. There are lemurs, chamelons, snakes, turtles. Lemurs jump on your back and allow to take photo (as you can see). You must have a banana of course…. 🍌
Hubby also had photo with a snake🐍 😱.
On Nosy Komba we had a lovely lunch over looking the ocean.
A very interesting village located between rocks.

Madagascar Madex
Written 10 February 2024
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huys25
Amsterdam, The Netherlands11 384 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We arrived early at high tide, but went several times snorkeling while tide was going fully down. This gave close look at turtles, parrot fish, color changing octopus, and floating in an aquarium full of sparkling fish.
Make sure white people have long leg covering against the sun.
The quality of the half day trip was enhanced by our tour operator who made a sumptuous lunch on the beach, in the shade, just for the two of us.
Also we walked up to the lighthouse, looking at the lemurs half way.
The site becomes crowded at lunch but closes at about 15:00 hrs so everybody is home before dark.
Written 30 November 2019
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Maria_the_Snorkeler
Moscow, Russia2 598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
I came to Nosy Tanikely alone (a small boat took me there) on the way to Ankify. It was very early in the morning, around 6:30, and during the first two hours there was no one but me in the water. Unfortunately there was no sun at all but I still enjoyed my three hours of fantastic, incredible snorkeling. The sun only appeared for a few moments at the end of my snorkeling session. There was so much to see that, if had more time, I would have snorkeled there for at least another three hours. The first thing I saw was a lovely nudibranch Phyllidia varicosa (varicose wart slug). I saw lots of fish including the big groupers: starry groupers (also called white-spotted rockcod) Epinephelus caeruleopunctatus and extremely shy brown-marbled groupers (alias flowery rockcod) Epinephelus fuscoguttatus. Despite their being the biggest fish in this area, the brown-marbled groupers would flee as fast as they could every time they noticed me. They would hide under a big rock or coral, and peek out of their hiding place from time to time to see if I’m gone. They were huge! The starry groupers were also very impressive. I saw several hawksbill turtles, big and small, and watched them eating. There was a big dusky batfish Platax pinnatus who followed me around for some time and swam with a turtle. I was very lucky to watch a couple of courting and then mating octopuses. Other big&beautiful fish I saw were black-saddled grouper Plectopomus laevis with yellow fins, tail and lips and a row of black saddles on a white body, a very conspicuous titan triggerfish Balistoides viridescens, a huge map pufferfish Arothron mappa, and a lonely barred rubberlip Plectorhinchus plagiodesmus with very thick yellow lips. Probably the most striking fish was Moorish idol Zanclus cornutus with its beautifully patterned elongated snout, and a thicklip wrasse Hemigymnus melapterus with its huge kissing lips. Among the corals and sponges, I particularly liked the blue or purple (depending on the light) stove-pipe sponges. Other beautiful fish I saw included six-bar wrasse Thalassoma hardwicke, checkerboard wrasse Halichoeres hortulanus, peacock grouper Cephalopholis argus, black-spotted sweetlips Plectorhinchus gaterinus (yellow with black dots), gold-bar wrasse, red-breasted wrasse Cheilinus fasciatus, a shy Porcupine fish with its timid little smile, orangelined triggerfish Balistapus undulatus, schooling bannerfish, a couple of rabbitfish (Siganus), a barracuda (unfortunately not very conspicuous without good light), caranxes, various butterflyfish, and many others. At the end of my snorkeling session I saw very unusual sea cucumbers Stichopus chloronotus, dark blue, with the rows of little papillae extending from their bodies; a big school of (probably blue-barred) parrotfish and a very big school of silver moonfish Monodactylus argenteus. Other beautiful sea cucumbers around Nosy Be are Graeffe´s sea cucumber Pearsonothuria graeffei and a very long Synapta maculata that looks like a length of rope. I loved snorkeling at Nosy Tanikely and hope to go there again.
Written 29 December 2016
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Keriloo
Cape Town Central, South Africa22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We had a simply magical day at Nosy Tanikely which we did from Antoremba lodge. It is a beautiful marine protected area with lots of stunning fish & corals. We snorkelled with turtles and were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins very close-by! A highly recommended excursion while you are in the Nosy Be area! Wear a rash vest to avoid being stung by plankton or bit of jelly fish or something like that in the water, it wasn't bad and only in one of three areas we tried, but best to avoid it. And don't step on corals!! :)
Written 21 June 2018
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Zippi_11
Herzliya, Israel1 857 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
nice white sandy beach with a reef close to it with various fish and sea turtle.you can sit in shady trees eat and drink local dishes and relax
Written 28 October 2019
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Włodzimierz M
Lodz, Poland34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We visited Tanikely as part of three islands excursion (special thanks to Black&Jackson). We visited Nosy Komba, Nosy Vorona and Nosy Tanikely. Nosy Komba is the island where you can find all animals living in Madagascar. There are lemurs, chamelons, snakes, turtles. Lemurs jump on your back and allow to take photo ! You must have a banana of course. you can have also a photo with a snake on your arms. On Nosy Komba you'll find a lot of stalls selling souvenirs and interesting village located between rocks. Next step of our excursion was Nosy Vorona. It's very charming island where you would feel bored after two hours of time spent there. There is a beautiful beach, some rocks and clear water. Nothing more, even the piece of shade. Luckily after 30 minutes we mooved to Nosy Tanikely. In Malagasian the name means "Little Island". There is an underwater and land reserve. You can snorkel there and admire richness of undrewater life. There are a lot of well preserved reefs and a lot of fish. After snorkeling you can go to a lighthouse (5 minutes) and take some panoramic photos of the landscape. You can have also a delicious lunch on the beach there (Black&Jackson rules ;-) ).
Written 29 September 2019
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Rob M
108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I suppose I’ve been spoilt by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where the coral is so colourful. Here it is very beige albeit with a myriad of shapes. Only snorkeling so maybe the coral is better further out.

Straight out where most of the crowd is was a bit light on for fish. However, if you go to the right towards the rocky outcrop the coral is teaming with fish of every hue.

Lighthouse was ho hum and not worth the walk.

Good place to while away a few hours.
Written 24 June 2019
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Ashley A
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We saw turtles and octopuses and endless varieties of fish. Probably one of my most favorite snorkeling experiences happened here as well. My husband and I became surrounded by a giant school of fish, they circled us and allowed us to swim in the school. Without sounding overly cheesy, it was like magic.

Bonus Lemurs on the island. White sand. Clear water. Bring your own snorkel gear or rent on the island.

Don't skip this if you're travelling to Nosy Be.
Written 3 October 2018
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Jaded001
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
We did a day trip to the island nature reserve.
The tours on offer were half day nosy komba half tanikely, but we requested to skip komba and spend the whole day at tanikely. We weren't sorry!
We arrived and set our towels on the pristine beach -
we could buy cold beers (and cooldrink).
lunch was set up on the beach (what a TREAT!) seafood, prawns, crab, rice!
A little lemur female came to say hi.
we were even lucky enough to see a huge turtle swimming while we snorkelled.

The snorkelling was world class! The reefs are unspoiled, and the blue waters are hard to believe.

Its a day of lying in the sun, reading a book, snorkeling, eating and drinking.
The island itself is uninhabited so everyone leaves at the end of the day.

Magical and highly recommended!
Written 30 June 2015
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Juper
Shelly Beach, South Africa412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
This is the best snorkelling I have experienced anywhere in the world. The reef and all the coral was so alive and the amount and variety of fish was amazing. We went by speed boat from Nosy Be hotel and were dropped on the beach for the morning. You wade/swim out to the reef which starts close to the beach (about 30m) The water is crystal clear and there is hardly any current. If you are lucky you may even bump into one of the turtles.
This is a 'must do' if you are staying on Nosy Be.
Written 15 November 2012
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