Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve – The Natural aquarium
Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve – famed for its world-class snorkeling and diving. Beach of fine sand and turquoise sea await you. Lazing of course, but also snorkeling! With a mask and snorkel, go to meet many colorful fish just a few steps from the beach, explore the underwater world of anemones and coral, hopefully swim with a turtle or two!
Nosy Tanikely is a marine national park, which means almost the whole biodiversity of the island lives in the sea. The island itself is home to some reptiles like plated lizards and panther chameleons, a lot of hermit crabs and some introduced black lemurs. A colony of flying foxes has settled on Nosy Tanikely, too.
Nosy Antanikely means "small land island", we could even talk about island, it is uninhabited and visitors come on a day trip but cannot sleep on the island, which also has a landscaped interest for those who are less interested in the seabed. Since 2010, access to the island has been controlled. A diverse coral reef and a privileged position in the middle of Bay Nosy Be give it its nickname "a crystal clear natural aquarium", so one can easily imagine why such an island with its spectacular, uninhabited white beaches is a real paradise destination for biologists and underwater photographers.
The real action starts underwater: The colorful, completely healthy coral gardens begin few meters in front of the beach, and inhabit an unbelievable wealth of fishes, starfishes, urchins, sea cucumbers and other creatures of the sea. Between huge corals, you can find acanthurids, blowfishes and groupers. Shoals of fish pass by iridescently, and you will not know where to take pictures first with your underwater camera, for sure. Blue ribbon eels are found along with leaf fish of all colors and numerous species of morays can be seen within a few centimeters of each other. Sea fans span an average of 5m and it is possible to observe over a dozen species of nudibranchs on one coral mound!
A special highlight of Nosy Tanikely is swimming with the sea turtles (Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas), which you can find in high numbers around the island. Especially older individuals are often not afraid of snorkelers, and you can amazingly watch the peaceful giants at closest range. From time to time, dolphins cross the sea, and even whale sharks are occasionally seen visitors of the sea between Nosy Be and Nosy Tanikely. During November and December whale sharks consistently feed in the rich waters around Nosy Be and sharks can be seen feeding in crystal clear waters at Manta Point.
During July and August, humpback whales migrate through the Nosy Be area, and sperm whales have been one of the rarer encounters.
The Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve with its abundant corals and an exceptional biodiversity, offers habitats to many underwater species. With such diversity of life combined with the lack of underwater research means that many other species are waiting to be discovered!
The beach of "l'Est" constitutes the zone of bathe, on the other hand, it is possible to dive all around the island, buoys delimit the zone of the reserve.
On your way, do not miss the Tanikely lighthouse! At its summit you have a breathtaking view: the green island surrounded by its white sandy beach contrasting with the intense blue of the sea.
Nosy Tanikely is the best site to discover scuba diving and snorkeling or to get back in the water after several months of urban life, thanks to its average depth of 12m, max. 18m. Visibility is 10 to 30m all year long, though this it can be reduced by plankton tides - the upside of course is that this attracts the bigger fish! Temperature of the water ranges from 25C to 30C.
You can be sure that Nosy Tanikely is one of the most beautiful and gorgeous place of Madagascar for snorkeling and diving. Even if it is the first time for you to snorkel or you have few experience in diving, you will find a true underwater paradise here.
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