NOSY VE, THE ISLAND WITH MANY CHARMS
Nosy Ve is an island located on a barrier reef nearby the coastal village of Anakao. Nosy Ve’s reef is approximately 4.5 km long and 1.8 km wide. Its name can be mistaken with Nosy Be, which is its elder in the North of Madagascar.
Nosy Ve’s history. Nowadays, Nosy Ve is uninhabited, which was not always the case. The area was indeed a French camp in the XIXth century where people could trade with the Saint Augustin’s bay while avoiding contact with pirates and hostile tribes. It is a journey through history that awaits you to discover remains of the XIXth century.
This tiny island has a white sandy shoreline, and is home to hundreds of tropic birds. In particular, the island of Nosy Ve is the only place where the straw-in-tailed (red-tailed phaetons) come to nest. Now, it is the main attraction of this island that attract ornithologists from all parts of the world.
The red tail phaeton is an endemic species of the island and truly make the place authentic and peculiar. This species creates a real enthusiasm among tourist who come for all corners of the world to take a picture of this endemic species, whose only known breeding ground is Nosy Ve. Even if you are not a birdwatching enthusiast, seeing this species is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The birds allow a close approach, as they are left unmolested by local people due to a taboo. They breed throughout the year with a peak of reproduction from June to November. You can admire the nests accessible on the ground and the juveniles hidden under bushes growing on the coral sand. In addition to hundreds of red-tailed Phaetons, commonly known as straw-tail, you can see herons, terns...
The visit to the nearby island of Nosy Ve with a traditional pirogue is a big favorite and highly recommended. A about 5 km of Anakao, this long island plate lined with sandy beaches, is located inside the coral reef protecting the lagoon. Reaching Nosy Ve in a traditional pirogue Vezo, driven by the warm morning winds to fish, walk and eat there - is a very rewarding experience.
When you walk along the path you can admire the transparency of the lagoon. The superb white strand invites to idleness.
Apart of the birds’ colony, there is very good snorkeling and scuba diving on the pristine coral reef encircling the island. Nosy Ve is also known for its magnificent coral reef which shelters a colorful and abundant fauna. While snorkeling it is possible to see a myriad of fish, you will be able to spot ballistas, syngnathus, sea eels, clown fishes, scorpion fishes, surgeon fish, angel fish, butterfly fish, groupers, tortoises or even stingrays. Such amount of fish species really is an experience well worth the trip.
All it makes the small islet a lovely day-trip.
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