The name Nosy Be means "Big Island," though it is often referred to as the Island of Perfume.
Relatively quiet and tranquil (and 390 mi/630 km north of Antananarivo), Nosy Be is Madagascar's only true resort area, with attractive fine-sand beaches and good places for diving and snorkeling. Mount Passot (1,050 ft/329 m) provides a nice backdrop to the scene, and the drive to its pinnacle offers grand views across a series of crater lakes. The island is an excellent place to spend a week doing nothing except relaxing, meeting people and watching sunsets.
Other islands in the archipelago include Nosy Komba (with a small reserve dedicated to the confiding black lemur), Nosy Tanikely (good diving), Nosy Iranja (seabirds and seclusion) and Nosy Mitsio (also good for diving).
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