Lakandava frontier to paradise




This circuit is located well above the diving zones usually frequented around Nosy Be, the sites there are thus intact and unexplored.

  • Photos of the Cruise
  • Course of the Cruise

    Best period : October to June 
    Water temperature : 25 to 30°
    Visibility : good to very good 
    Depths : from 15 to 40 meters
    Duration : 8 Days - 7 Nights

    Day 1: Early start for Mitsio. Stop at "The Tetons Pinacles" for the first dive, sail to Marimbe anchorage on the Main Mitsio. 
    Dinner and overnight on board.


    Day 2 : Sail to Cape St Sebastian. The times for diving around Cap St Sebastien are dictated by the tides due to the currents and the program details have to be arranged to suit. A typical schedule would be: Morning dive on Ambamonetsimani Rocks (15m). Usually huge quantities of fish in large shoals. Mainly caranx, giant trevelly, unicorn, trigger & surgeon fish. Occasional shark and some large grouper.
    Afternoon dive Yang-tse Rock. A site in mid-stream between islands with good corals, many fish. Dinner and overnight on board at Cape Saint Sebastien.


    Day 3 : Cap St Sebastien. Dive Ambasavaka Rocks. Previous regular sightings: - Shark, Ray, Grouper, Giant Trevelly. Sail north to Lakandava group of islands. 20 miles. Dive afternoon inside island group on coral outcrop near bye. A site that goes from the surface to 15m with many varieties of fish, corals etc.
    Dinner and overnight on board at Cape Saint Sebastien.


    Day 4 : Dive coral wall to south of Lakandava. The wall is some 800m long with depths of 20m. Great variety of soft corals and good fish population.
    Afternoon sail north to Nosy Hao. Dive on channel between the island and the inner reef. A drop-off descending to 70m. Previous sightings include giant trevelly, napoleon wrasse, shark & manta. Dinner and overnight on board.


    Day 5 : Dive north of Nosy Hao on seaward reef. Drop-off and sightings similar to above. Sail south to Lakandava. Dive on Lion Shoal, just offshore from the islands. A good shallow dive, mainly impressive for the very large shoals of Rainbow runners, fusiliers, trevelly and good variety of hard corals.
    Dinner and overnight on board.


    Day 6 : Sail south to Cap St Sebastien. Dive Kalomisampa Rocks. These are two rocks, joined underwater with a cave. Previous sightings include shark, turtles, giant trevelly, grouper & all the usual reef fish. In the afternoon dive on Mananono Rock. There are usually two sand sharks that seem to have made these rocks their base. Good fish quantities and varieties.
    Dinner and overnight on board.


    Day 7 : Sail early morning to dive on Castor Bank (off Mitsio) 35 miles. A very interesting open sea bank with an excellent variety of fish, corals. Always a good dive. Sail on to The Brother's (Mitsio Archipelago). Dive on one of these amazing outcrops of rocks, rising 250m sheer out of the sea. They continue down to around 20 metres to the sea bed, providing interesting dives sites, often with dense shoals of fish in their tens of thousands, turtles, barracuda, trevelly etc..
    Dinner and overnight on board.


    Day 8: Return to Nosy Be and transfer.