Ile aux Nattes – a small island of dreams
What a lovely place this is. Ile aux Nattes or Nosy Nato is a small island of dreams south of Sainte Marie Island. Thanks to its location, Ile aux Nattes is an unspoilt paradise and a haven of peace for those who crave relaxation. In addition, it boasts many features that make it one of the region's most beautiful sights: fine sand beaches, a lush landscape and turquoise waters that are ideal for scuba diving as well as other sea-related activities. Unspoiled tropical beaches with fine white sand, coconut and other palm trees scattered along the shore, and a turquoise lagoon protected by coral reefs inhabited by a variety of exotic marine life. If you dare to swim further, you can gaze at the coral reef with its many inhabitants, and immerge into the colorful world under the sea. The sea is turquoise blue, warm, and invites you to swim and snorkel.
In August, you can watch the humpback whales and their calves right from your bungalow.
The whole year round, Nosy Nato’s weather is warm and comfortable, and absolute quiet surrounds the island – probably that is why it is one of the most beautiful islands of Madagascar. By the way, there are no cars or motorcycles on Nosy Nato, but lots of soft sand, and the crystal clear water - is bath warm, you can only walk there – or use a pirogue.
At the southern tip of the island, there is a small lighthouse, and in the middle there is a small village. The lighthouse stands on the top of a hill, which offers a panoramic view of the long coral reef and its remarkable diving sites.
Along your walk, you can swim, or have picnic on any of the astonishing beautiful beaches anywhere. We can organize for you delicious barbecues at the beach, with fresh crayfish and fish directly from the sea.
Maybe you are able to find the group of black and white lemurs which has been settled here or even of the rarest orchids worldwide: The Queen of Madagascar (Eulophiella Roempleriana) which blooms from November to January lives in swampy areas and grows in the tops of a pandanus. The spectacular rose purple flowers are up to 10 cm. This flower is very rare preserved and cutting it down is strictly prohibited.
In short: Île aux Nattes is a tropical island, with curving white beaches and overhanging palms, a turquoise sea with waves breaking over the reef, a gentle breeze and a lush green interior. Slurp a coconut and feel like being in paradise with your feet in the sea!
Watch more photos about Île aux Nattes here.