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Wednesday
Jan102018

Nosy  Sakatia

On the weekends some of the staff members and volunteers spend their time relaxing on the nearby island of Nosy Sakatia. In order to get to Nosy Sakatia from basecamp, you must take the taxi boat to town which takes approximately 45 minutes, followed by a quick tuk tuk ride to the large market in Hellville. Once at the market you must find a taxi-brousse to take you up the western coast of Nosy Be which takes 1 hour, which is followed by a 10-minute walk to the coast. Once at the coast you must take another 20-minute boat ride. Sakatia is different to the other islands close to Nosy Be, with such a small number of tourists.

Most of the tourists that visit Sakatia stop here for an hour or two as part of a whale watching trip, and to snorkel with the green turtles. There is a healthy green turtle population, as there are many large sea grass beds around the island. Snorkelling with these gentle giants is a unforgettable experience, well worth the uncomfortable trip on the taxi-brousse.

Whether it’s part of a whale watching trip, or off your own accord, you must make your way to Nosy Sakatia to see the green turtles, followed by some traditional Malagasy cooking afterwards.

By Nathan Prize - Madagascar Principal Investigator

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