Our Rating
7.8
Overall

Ankazoberavina

Madagascar, Nosy Be Archipelago

from 120 per person sharing

Our Rating
7.8
Overall

Ankazoberavina

Madagascar, Nosy Be Archipelago

from 120 per person sharing

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Our Verdict

Whilst there are many island lodges that boast of offering a “Robinson Crusoe” type experience, this little eco-lodge consisting of 8 simple wooden bungalows on a protected tropical island really does deliver on this promise!

Our Ratings

7.8
Overall
5.5
Luxury & Style
9.0
Setting
7.0
Activities
9.0
Chill-Out Factor

Our Ratings

7.8
Overall
5.5
Luxury & Style
9.0
Setting
7.0
Activities
9.0
Chill-Out Factor

What's Hot

  • The epitome of an unspoiled and natural “Robinson Crusoe” island experience, complete with pristine coral reefs, luxuriant tropical forest and simple wooden bungalow accommodation
  • Outstanding snorkelling on the island’s house reef with its spectacular coral formations and clouds of tropical fish – not to mention the chance to swim with the resident turtles!
  • Great day excursions available to nearby islands like Nosy Tanikely and Nosy Iranja give you the chance to see more of the spectacular attractions of the area
  • You also get the chance to see some of Madagascar’s famously unique wild life – including lemurs, chameleons and the very rare Madagascan Fish Eagle

What's Not

  • Could be just too quiet, remote and simple for many people - if your idea of holiday bliss is group aerobics in the resort pool, then give Ankazoberavina a very wide berth!
  • Pity that swimming at the beach in front of the bungalows requires reef shoes (although the water is wonderfully clear and warm) – then again the stunning white coral sands of Antsoha are just a few minutes away by boat
  • Ankazoberavina is Italian owned and a large chunk of the clientele is Italian which could cause some language issues (although the delightful manager Max speaks very good English) and you should also expect some Italian influenced food for example
Ankazoberavina

Ankazoberavinathe snorkelling around the island is especially good, particularly off the “black beaches” on the other side of the island where there are fantastic coral formations and prolific fish life

Lodge Profile

Whilst there are many island lodges that boast of offering a “Robinson Crusoe” type experience, this little eco-lodge consisting of 8 simple wooden bungalows on a protected tropical island really does deliver on this promise!

Quick Overview

Rooms
8 Bungalows
Distance to Beach
5 metres
Air Conditioning
No - just the cooling afternoon breeze
Pool
No
Recommended Stay
3 - 7 nights

Ankazoberavina is a tiny island paradise covered in dense tropical forest located a 1 hour speedboat trip from Nosy Be – here you can snorkel on pristine coral reefs, watch turtles lay their eggs on the sandy beach, and get a glimpse of the unique local wildlife for which Madagascar is so famous - including lemurs, chameleons and extremely rare Madagascan Fish Eagles – and which call this island home. Ankazoberavina (meaning in Malagasy the island of “big leaves”) is definitely not your standard luxury island resort holiday – instead it will appeal to travellers who really want to get away from the bright lights and crowds and enjoy a much simpler “back to nature” experience in pristine natural surroundings. In fact, when we visited the island it immediately reminded us in so many ways of another of our favourite eco- lodges, the famous Chumbe Island located off the coast of Zanzibar (only Ankazoberavina is a lot more reasonably priced!)

As you arrive by boat, you’ll have to look carefully to see the lodge’s 8 wooden bungalows peeping out from the covering fringe of the trees lining the sandy beach. The lodge lies at the foot of a hillside covered in luxuriant tropical forest with gorgeous Traveller’s Palms (the national symbol of Madagascar) prominent. This is not one of those air-brushed islands so beloved of glossy travel brochures that looks as though it has been raked, buffed and polished to within an inch of its life – instead the beach here is fringed with black volcanic rock formations and the sand littered with shells, pieces of coral and the odd footprints of fellow guests whilst simple coral pathways wind through the otherwise untouched forest. We enjoyed some great swimming here in the crystal clear water in front of the bungalows, but reef shoes are a must on account of the rocky bottom. If very low tides make the beach in front of the lodge unswimmable, the lodge can take guests by boat to nearby Antsoha island which boasts a superb white coral sand beach and where they’ll enjoy sensational swimming in the warm turquoise waters!

Whilst most guests will come here to Ankazoberavina to enjoy the peace, quiet and pristine beauty of the natural surroundings and will no doubt do their fair share of simply chilling out, that doesn’t mean however that there’s nothing to do here. The snorkelling around the island is especially good, particularly off the “black beaches” on the other side of the island where there are fantastic coral formations and prolific fish life – in fact one of our best memories of our trip was sitting at anchor here with our boat literally surrounded by clouds of colourful tropical fish! You may even be lucky enough to swim along with one of the many turtles that have flourished in the protected waters around the island! Ankazoberavina also has its own dive centre and the lodge’s friendly manager Max is a qualified dive instructor so keen scuba divers will no doubt be in their element here with some great dive sites in the surrounding area.

The lodge also has kayaks in which you can paddle yourself around the island or perhaps explore the mangrove inlet at high tide. Heading away from the protected waters around the island, there is excellent deep sea fishing where you can try to hook up to the wide range of game fish that the seas around Nosy Be are so famous for, perhaps a yellowfin tuna or mighty GT! There are also a range of fantastic excursions available from Ankazoberavina where you’ll head off by boat for the day accompanied by a delicious picnic lunch prepared by the chef – chief amongst these must be the trip to Nosy Tanikely and Nosy Komba (outstanding snorkelling and swimming with turtles at the former, shopping for crafts at a local market and lemur encounters at the latter); then there’s a fantastic trip to Nosy Iranja with its Gustav Eiffel designed lighthouse and the spectacular sand bar that appears at low tide connecting the 2 islands that together make up Nosy Iranja (this perhaps qualifies as THE most beautiful place we’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing!)

Back on Ankazoberavina after all of this busy-ness and activity, you can relax in the hammock on the deck of your bungalow and doze off to the sound of the waves lapping on the beach (the bungalows also boast a small upstairs mezzanine floor perfect for kids to sleep) It’s all very eco-conscious – for example there are no lights outside the bungalows as these could disorientate the turtles who regularly make their way up the sandy beach to lay their clutches of eggs; instead guests are given torches to light the path back to their rooms after dinner. By the way, Max plans over the next couple of years to replace the current very simple bungalows with slightly bigger and more upmarket ones (we saw the still incomplete first new room and it looked very nice indeed!)

Otherwise you can head off to enjoy a relaxing massage in the small massage hut overlooking the beach, or simply chill out on the large rosewood deck that surrounds the lodge’s bar/restaurant and library area – this lies in the welcome shade of some gorgeous badannier trees and is a great place to while away the hours with a good book! Later in the day, take your drink up the hill and enjoy a sundowner on the lookout deck perched at the top where you can gaze out upon the spectacular sunsets. After making your way down (keeping an eye out on the way for the resident lemurs) you’ll no doubt be ready for another tasty dinner (all of your meals are included at Ankazoberavina by the way) Obviously wonderfully fresh seafood is par for the course, but as you can imagine with the Italian ownership and clientele, you can also expect some delicious Italian influenced cuisine!

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Child Policy

  • Children aged 0 - 5: stay free of charge
  • Children aged 6 - 13: 50% of adult rate
  • Children over the age 13 are charged full adult rate