MADAGASCAR

Madagascar 2019 / 2020

R35, 000

Madagascar is an unspoilt island with an untouched reef system, palm- shaded white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. 

Be it diving with sea turtles, eagle rays, manta rays, surgeon fish, barracuda, and even humpback whales, it is the ultimate diving getaway just a few hours away.

For the night diving enthusiasts, Nosy Be offers the most incredible “flo diving”, allowing the diver to see a spectacle of different colours not normally revealed. 

 

 

WHY GO DIVE IN MADAGASCAR

Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar, which is the fourth-largest island in the world, and smaller peripheral islands. Madagascar has a one of a kind mix of plants and animals. Many of them are found nowhere else. Madagascar is even referred to as the “eighth continent” by some ecologists. Ninety percent of the 10,000 plants native to Madagascar can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Madagascar is home to at least 34 types of whales and dolphins, 5 types of turtles, 56 types of sharks, 300 hard corals and 1300 species of bony fish have been found around the Madagascar coast.

Every year, 10% of the world’s population of humpback whales migrates to Madagascar’s waters. From June to September, the whales come from the Antarctic to breed in Madagascar’s warmer waters. During this time they provide viewers with a magnificent mating display. By the end of August females give birth, and it is not unusual to see the mothers swimming with their calves.

Water temperatures range from 25C-28C with a visibility of 10 – 50 meters

 

QUALIFICATIONS TO DIVE IN MADAGASCAR

Dive conditions are optimal so divers are required to have an Open water dive qualification. Those who are advanced qualified divers get to enjoy a night dive along with florescent dives. Nitrox is also available for those who are Nitrox qualified.

WHERE WILL WE BE STAYING?

Sakatia Lodge is located on the small island of Nosey Sakatia, just off of Nosy Be Island, Madagascar. The lodge is made up of 11 bungalows and 2 large Villa’s. We will be staying in the 2 large Villa’s that are situated right on the beach, overlooking the crystal blue waters. Each Villa has three bedrooms each with a private bathroom, 24hr electricity, and air-conditioning. The Villas have large private verandas as well as private sun beds for customers to enjoy. There is also a fridge in each Villa, so customers are able to keep drinks and snacks cold for their consumption whenever they want.

The lodge provides customers customers with a 3 course dinner each night, as well as breakfast and lunch daily in their beach side restaurant. There is also a beach side bar providing clients with the perfect place to relax with a drink after a long day in the sun and diving.

 

WHERE WILL WE BE DIVING? 

The Nosy Be area is known for its small & rare critters and huge variety of hard and soft corals. Divers are treated to a vast array of tropical reef fish, brightly colored nudibranchs, rare pygmy pipe horses and immense table top corals.

There are more than 20 dive sites that we can visit, ranging from 1 km to 15 km from the Lodge. Most dive sites are suitable for all levels of qualification. The average depth is 18 meters. In the channel between Nosy Be and Nosy Sakatia we have dive sites that are suitable for those who are limited to 12 meters.

All dives are boat dives, there are no shore-entry dives.

There is also a possibility of doing dive charters on a catamaran called Maki Cat to explore the Mitsio archipelago in the north or the Radamas in the south. The maximum capacity is 6 divers. Maki Cat has its own dive guide on board. A combination of land diving and charter diving is possible.

FLORO DIVING

Come and experience the unique world of Fluro Diving. This relatively new form of diving, done at only a few lodges around the world, lets divers experience something entirely different. See the underwater world in a way you never have before as the reef and animals light up in a technicolor rainbow of wondrous colours under a blue light. Divers use special torches and mask filters provided by Sakatia Lodge’s Dive Center to see a new world hidden to our eyes.

TRIP DETAILS

  • Sunday: Depart OR Tambo International Airport for Madagascar. We will be flying directly to Nosy Be via SA Airlink. The flight is around 3:30 hours, followed by a quick boat transfer to Nosy Sakatia. The airline allows for 2 check in bags, one sports bag and one for normal luggage. Once we arrive at the lodge, customers have the chance to relax and enjoy the scenery before they are treated to a 3 course meal.

 

  • From Monday to Saturday, clients will be spoilt to 10 dives and for those that are qualified some night dives. There are some local activities for clients to enjoy if they want a break from diving. Clients also have the option to spend one day at lemur land and enjoy some of the local cuisine.

 

  • On Sunday we will enjoy one last breakfast, swim in the ocean or just enjoying the beauty this island has to offer before being transferred back to Nosy Be for the flight to OR Tambo.

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • 10 dives with weights, cylinders and air fills ( 1 dive can be a night dive)
  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Local Transfers

TRIP EXCLUDES:

  • Soft drinks and alcohol +- R1000
  • Visa’s +-R440
  • Additional activities
  • Excursion to Lemur land with lunch  +-R600

We are looking to run this trip over the last week of August 2019 or 2020. The trip is limited to 10 paying customers.

We have yet to book the trip, so dates depend on customer interest. If we do manage to get enough interest for the trip we will run a second trip over another  week.

For more information contact us on training@divetek.co.za or 011 791 1095