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Diving in Nosy Be

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A preserved nature :The more extraordinary side of Nosy Be island, is certainly coming from the quality reefs. A Number : 410. the amount of coral species a diver can observe in the area. Then, more than this extraordinary diversity, corals are in prestine condition. The big size of the reefs, the The small population living in the area preserved

An exceptional bay :Apart from some exceptions during the rain season when tropical storms are passing by and in september when weather can be windy in the morning, the Ampasindava bay is always calm. The Main land is sheltering the bay , the water is flat in the morning and some waves appears around 1pm, due to the see breeze. From April to july, the strengh of thermical winds, decreases to a minimum, so the sea is flat even in the afternoon .

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2 MAIN DIVING ZONES in Nosy Be:

PROTECTED ZONE : link pictures
- a very easy zone, without waves, without currents, shallow.
In front of the center, between the south cape of Sakatia and Nosy Be. very sheltered from the main winds (north and east) , and a little bit sheltered from the south and west winds
Without currents most of the time, this zone is a very few under the influence of the tidal currents
Shallow, the summit of the reefs is 6/9m deep, and the lower part , on the sand is 20/23m deep.

- a very rich zone in "small things". As the environnement of those reefs is very calm, all the little animals which are usually hidden to be protected from the current can move among the corals and are easy to observe. In this area, are easy to see : paper fishes, ghostpipe fish, seahorse, rhinopias, pegasus, and plenty of nudibranchs.
Best place to see some green turtle, hawksbill, and some predators like king fish, trevallies, barracudas. During october and the beginning of november, it's possible to see humpack whales whith babies

OUTSIDE, or NON PROTECTED ZONE: link pictures
further than Sakatia island.

- a gorgonnians and fan corals covered zone
the summit of the reefs are 13/16m, down the wall from 27 to 40m, on some spots. 60m and more near the faults and at the end of continental shelf. slopes are quite vertical with holes and caves, covered with soft corals, fan corals, black coral, in which a lot of hawksfishes and shrimps are sheltered.

Reefs summit is covered by fan corals and corals. According to the strengh of tidal currents, the dive turns into a drift dive.

-"Big stuff " period . Apart from the possibility to see some king fish, trevallies, barracudas, and some times sailfishes and sharks, from july to october, Some humpack whales which came to make the baby in warm waters are coming closer and closer to come in the sheltered area in october. from october to december, manta and mobula rays, and whale sharks are cruising on the reefs to eat plancton.

protected zone specials

-Diving Initiation, diving courses (first dive, DSD, level 1, open water)

Are done in the protected zone, near the south cape of Sakatia, in shallow spots but very rich in flora and fauna.
About 10 spots, with various depths are fit to those courses and showing groupers, trevallies, turtles, and a lot of others reefs animals

-diving courses (N2, N3, ADV, RESCUE, DM): skills and exploration are done according to weather conditions et the diver level, in protected zone or outside, plateaus or continental shelf.

NIGHT DIVE in Nosy Be

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Night dives are organized just after sunset, in the protected zone, very often on Olaf, otherwise on Anemone or Charlie.. it's useless to go deep, the most interresting is to observe the sleeping species on the drop off which are active during day time (coral fishes, parrots, sea horses.. ) and night time active species (crustaceans, mollusks..), or species coming near the reef during the night (squid, barracudas etc..)

FLUORESCENCE DIVE with BLUE LIGHT in Nosy Be

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Same kind of dive as the normal night dive. The difference is we're giving you blue lights and filters to put on the mask. blue light is emitting in 450/470nm, which is "exiting" all colors of fluorescence (blue, yellow ,red..) instead of UV light, "exiting" only yellow and light green fluorescence.). the filter on the mask is to cut the blue light emitted, so you can see only the fluorescence emited by the animals / vegetals.

outside specials
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WHITE light night dive

 

BLUE light night dive

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