Forming part of our active safaris story, we chatted with the team at Time + Tide Miavana in Madagascar to find out more about their blue safari offering for bush- and beach-lovers. Find out more about this destination, what you can do there, and what makes it special below.
What do you love most about Nosy Ankao?
There are too many things to list! I note the highlights: the variety of nature and activities; the incredible beaches unblemished by footprints; the clean air; watching whales breach in front of the villas; the nesting terns, the giant turtles; the kitesurfing; the museum; and the people.
What activities do you recommend at Miavana for blue safari-goers?
Any activity you can dream of - within reason! I recommend visiting the nesting terns followed by a private picnic on your very own Robinson Crusoe Island; a helicopter flight to Ambre Mountain or elsewhere to see the incredible Tsingy Rouge, lemurs and vast un-explored and largely un-mapped limestone caves; fishing off the beach, drifting on a fishing SUP or from the fleet of boats;
Trail-running, kite-surfing between islands, stand-up-paddling, water-skiing, or sea-kayaking as far as you wish to go are all on offer.
Island tours by foot or by quad motorbike; sharing a beer with our friends in the village or challenging them at football/volleyball game, have a pizza with your feet in the sand, followed by a bottle of champagne on a mountain top or watching the sunset from the lighthouse or your private plunge pool would be my favourite recommendations.
What makes it a special place for blue safaris?
It is a nature wonderland and truly unique in activities – made accessible by boat or helicopter. Madagascar boasts the highest concentration of whale sharks, variety of biodiversity and endemic species anywhere in the world. Guests bask in the opulence of isolation and remoteness, feeling like you are the only guests on the island. Many of the wonders you will see here have not been explored by tourists before.