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Tsarabanjina

written in collaboration with tinoumer (7 spots)


Tsarabanjina is a tiny island of the Mitsio archipelago, located some 40 miles north of Nosy Be, off the northwestern coast of Madagascar. The island is private, and managed by the Constance Tsarabanjina, an intimate luxury resort. Surrounded by powder-soft beaches and translucent azure waters, Tsarabanjina is a perfect spot to snorkel untouched reefs, where it is usual to observe sea turtles, Madagascar clownfish and emperor angelfish in a few feet of water.
How to get there?

Tsarabanjina is only accessible by boat. From Nosy Be, you will reach the island in about 1 and a half hours by speedboat. There are only two options for snorkeling the island. The first is to book a stay at the Constance Tsarabanjina, the luxury hotel set on the island. The second is to take part to a day tour or a cruise, including a snorkeling stop or an overnight stay on Tsarabanjina.

Water entrance

Enter the water from on of the sandy beaches surrounding the island, depending on which area you want to snorkel.

Aerial view

Exploration

Snorkeling is good all around the island, surrounded by sand, rocks and coral, but we particularly recommend you the two coral reefs areas (↕3-12ft/1-4m), known for the richness of their marine life (see map above). 

On the reef you will find beautiful hard coral, including branching coral, inhabited by shoals of hundreds of green chromis. Try to find a sea anemone between the rocks: most of them are inhabited by Madagascar clownfish, endemic from southwestern Indian ocean. Parrotfish, butterflyfish, Moorish idols, moray eels and oriental sweetlips are amongst the many fish that can be seen during your snorkeling time.

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Giant moray eel at Tsarabanjina

Two species of sea turtles (hawksbill and green sea turtles) are frequently observed around Tsarabanjina, grazing peacefully on the seabed.

Restaurants and accommodation

The only accommodation set on the island is the Constance Tsarabanjina hotel. The residents of all have full board.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Beginner to advanced
  • Maximum depth
    15ft/5m
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Jellyfish
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Low
  • Access costs
    Stay on the island or tour cost
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes
  • Public toilets & showers
    Yes

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