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Dive Review of Nosy Sakatia/same in
Africa/Madagaskar

Nosy Sakatia/same: "relaxing", Sep, 2022,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Top Contributor Top Contributor 39 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 12072.

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Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
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Snorkeling 5 stars
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Comments Many European tourists chose Africa as vacation destination, as there is hardly any time change so no jet lag at all even after a 10 h flight. Africa has a lot to offer, there is South A with Capetown, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti and a lot of islands around like Mafia, Mauritius, Mayotte to name a few. I picked Madagascar, Nosy Sakatia this year as I had fond memories of my stay on Nosy Be in Sept 2007, warm water, good vis, beautiful coral reef, great + some deep dives with a Swiss/French instructor, relaxed diving ideal for a septuagenarian which I now am. Saw a picture of a tiny bungalow in between lush tropical forest and thought, hey this is the right place, I love to get my own room with nobody else around. Normally I favor the more costly direct flight to a stop over. This time my travel agent suggested the rather modest priced flights with Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa. Well, why not try, this would mean 2 flights of around 5 h (a bit more home) with a layover of 4 h to stretch your legs and grab some cappuccino. I booked this the first time for Sept 2020, you can guess what happened. Only the fourth run worked, all others had to be cancelled cause the country closed it´s borders to Western tourists, maybe due to a rather low Corona vaccination rate in M. Ethiopian Airlines offered online check in which I tried only to find out I was not eligible ?! They had an upgrade offer to business for 480 or you could vote yourself how much it´s worth it for you. Two days before departure they would tell you if your offer is acceptable. Would I have been eligible had I clicked on upgrade yes please?! With the machines at the airport it was the same problem. For my flight home they offered 1 free seat beside you for 80 the whole row for yourself for 180 - no thank you. Masks were not required on the long haul to Frankfurt, common sense however dictated that sitting tight together for 6 h, 60 % of the passengers did not think it necessary. A A seems to be a kind of turnstile for Africa same as Dubai or Singapore are for South East Asia. I saw all kinds of destinations shown on the board, some places I never heard of. Nosy Be is the so far best developed area of M. First it´s been the French who found this vacation place and started developing business and construction nowadays it seems the Italian took over that job. Safely landed on Nosy B, you need a visa for the country ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide more than 100 destinations, mostly South Pacific and Asia, Africa and Caribbean
Closest Airport Nosy Be Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 26-27°C / 79-81°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 6-18 M / 20-59 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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