Scuba Diving in Madgascar, Africa

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Destination overview

Madagascar is an island with striking beauty and a mesmerizing atmosphere. If the animated movie “Madagascar” made you think it is a fine-looking place, you should see the real thing. It is spectacular. The island is located off the coast of Eastern Africa. Stretching more than 1600km, the island provides travellers with amazing features and creatures to marvel at. When you visit Madagascar you will be spoilt for choice- there are many places to visit. The ocean waters around Madagascar exude nothing short of gorgeousness. So where exactly should you go scuba diving in Madagascar?

Savannah in Madagascar

Hot Dive Spots in Madagascar

The sea beds of Madagascar provide a rich variety of marine creatures and reefs.  If experiencing an underwater wonderland filled with exotic marine life is what diving is all about for you then Madagascar is the place to go. The exotic heat of the air and the cool waters of the Indian Ocean will make your diving experience one of a kind. Some of the places you might find to be most convenient for scuba diving in Madagascar are listed below.

Nosy Be

Nosy Be is also known as Big Island. It is found between the Isle of Camore and the mouth of the canal of Mozambique. This place is coated with luxuriant vegetation and unique animal populations. The ocean waters here are no different. There is no time of the year that you cannot go for scuba diving in this place however; February and March are not highly recommended. These are the monsoon months.

The ocean part around Nosy Be is packed with coral reefs normally in 60 to 70 feet of water. The most renowned dive site for corals near Nosy Be is the island of Nosy Tanikely. This island serves as a marine park. It is also around Nosy Be that you will find a set of fishing boat wrecks. Therefore, if you are one of those people who are exhilarated by diving to see wrecks this is a good place to start.

Encountering big, open ocean fish in this region is not very uncommon. Whale sharks frequent this area quite a lot and if you make it here between September and November you will be treated to a mating show by the humpback whales.

Sainte Marie

This is an island off the main island of Madagascar. Once you are done with the fishing boat wrecks at Nosy Be, Sainte Marie is the next place to go. It is a very popular site for wreck diving enthusiasts. During the 17th Century it was a shelter for pirates and as you know with pirates, a tomb for ships is surely nigh. There are some old ship wreckage sites a few kilometers offshore. The humpback whales congregate here every year from September when the mating season. This is where they turn up in their numbers to put on a one of a kind show. The waters surrounding the island are also littered with coral reefs.


Toliar is to be found in the southwestern part of Madagascar. If you do not find the big marine creatures of Sainte Marie to be impressive, then you should go for the small ones at Toliar. The reef system here is almost 200km in length and it is packed with thousands of multicolored fish. When it comes to real estate, this reef system appears to be the most popular area of residence. There are more than 6000 species of wildlife dwell here including sea cucumbers and octopus.


Ifaty also stands out to be mentioned as a popular site for scuba diving in Madagascar. The clarity of the water is awe-inspiring. The innocuous whale sharks are a common spectacle in this place. Ifaty is the best place to go diving with sharks in Madagascar. The humpback whales can also be spotted as they pass travelling northwards for the mating season.

When you go scuba diving in Madagascar you can be sure that you will have memories to last a lifetime. It is an exceptional place with brilliant marine wildlife and vegetation and while you are there you can try learning the tongue-twisting language – Malagasy.

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