Nosy Iranja, A Postcard Of Madagascar

April 23, 2018Niry Fidelis


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Nosy Iranja


Want to be Robinson Crusoe for a day?
Then try a trip to Nosy Iranja

We kept Nosy Iranja as a last of our vacation in
Madagascar. We were based in
Madirokely, Nosy Be and everyone along the coastal
area organized boat trips to Nosy Iranja. Yes, I say everyone because when we
found ourselves walking along the beach, plenty of men approached us one by one
offering boat trips. In fact
Nosy Iranja was a popular sailing day trip destination
from Nosy Be. We had already pre-booked the excursion with our hotel for Ar130,
000 per person; it included boat trip snorkeling, swimming and a good lunch on
the bigger island.
The
trip to get there was about two hours but during the sailings we had luck to
see some turtles and dolphins. Once arrived we couldn’t stop admiring: t
he gorgeous Nosy Iranja consisted
of two islands connected by a1 km long sand bar done by walk only during the
low tide hours.
The bigger one, about 2000square meters, was named Nosy
Iranja Be, it was inhabited meanwhile the smaller one, about only 100 square
meters was named Nosy Iranja Kely.

Nosy Iranja

The white beaches and the crystal waters made everything so
amazing. The walk between the islands with water on both sides was absolutely
breathtaking. Upon arrival we were left free for two hours and then we were
called for lunch on the big Island. Food was prepared by the staff members of our
boat; they caught the fish on the seashore of Nosy Iranja while we all were enjoying
the sea bathing. They have arranged a small hut by the beach side where they
cooked and served food to us. It was a kind of Robinson Crusoe atmosphere!!!
After the lunch we had two more hours to visit the island. It was absolutely
not enough; we could just go around fast through the lovely village and see
some vendor’s gift items. I wished I could stay more. Nosy Iranja was one of
the most special places I’ve ever had the privilege to visit: a real heaven on
earth. If you are in Nosy Be, I’d highly recommend it and if you can plan an
overnight in Nosy Iranja believe me you will never be mistaken. It will exceed
all your expectation.  There were some accommodations
along the beach on the bigger island and I really wanted to stay there one more
day but sadly we had to return back to Nosy Be. It has been a rushed trip.

Nosy Iranja

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Some handy tips:
1.    
Don’t forget you sunblock
creams otherwise you will get burned during the boat trip
2.    
Mosquito repellents are
necessary, especially if staying overnight
3.    
I heard that the sunset is
absolutely stunning.
4.    
Hiking up to the hill was said
amazing. We didn’t have enough time to try it.
5.    
In case of day trips, return
back to Nosy Be before sunset as the heavy seas can give troubles during the
sailings
6.    
Plastic items
are taken to the island by tourist only. Please take it back with you when
leaving Nosy Iranja because the indigenous don’t know what to do with it and they
through it in the sea.
7.    
A torch could
be helpful when staying overnight.
8.    A night is Nosy
Iranja is highly recommended. Expensive? Probably! But nothing is compared to
Nosy Iranja. Give yourself a day in paradise.

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