Explore the eastern side of the island with a visit to Marodoka and other notable landmarks on this excursion that combines both culture and relaxation.
Your tour begins with a leisurely drive to Marodoka that includes a photo stop along the way. The remains of this Arab-Indian village that originated in the 17th century features huge banyan trees that would seem to stand as a silent memorial to those that once lived here. During its prime, the village was bustling with activity and had a distinctive Arab, Indian and Swahili influence.
Leaving Marodoka, your next stop is at a ylang-ylang distillery where you will have learn how the oil is extracted from the flower and then used in the production of perfumes and lotions. A quick visit to the Zoo is an opportunity to see some resident lemurs, reptiles, chameleons and the orchid garden.
Continuing on, it's a stop at the Sacred Tree, one of the most important Sakalava cultural sites on the island, and from there, you will next make your way to the souvenir market. Here, a wide variety of goods that include intricate woodcarvings, embroideries, raffia baskets, seashells and spices are available for purchase.
As you begin your return to Hell Ville, a brief stop at one of Nosy Be's best beaches called Madirokely will be visited. Enjoy a soft drink and folk performance here at the Aviavy Hotel and perhaps take a stroll along the beach before re-boarding your coach for the final leg of your journey.
Making your way back into the city, a final stop is made at the Russian Memorial where you will have a picturesque view of the port and Nosy Komba Island. A direct transfer from here brings you back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during stops. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light weight, casual clothing; a hat; sunglasses; sunscreen, insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should bring along small denominations of Euros or U.S. dollars for any purchases they may wish to make. The transportation used is the best available in this destination; however, it may not be up to the same standards as found in other parts of the world.