WHAT TO BRING :
Only bring essentials. Notwithstanding a tropical climate around Nosy Be, and subtropical in the South-West of Madagascar, according to the season, a light fleece, windproof jacket and long trousers can often be useful.
Early mornings can be fresh. But usually after 9am a scorching sun takes over whatever the season. We have on board a well stocked first aid kit, but we would urge you to bring your own and, more importantly, enough high factor sun crème to last the whole trip.
Bring also hats or caps that fit tightly on your head so as not to be blown off by the wind, sun glasses, camera, board games, and, why not, your own music on a portable hard drive, usb stick or MP3.
On the boat we spend most of the time in swimming costume and paréo. Light long sleeved shirts / blouses and trousers are a useful protection against the sun, and mosquitoes in the evenings.
We have onboard 2 spear guns, fins, masks and snorkels, but you might wish to bring your own. Sheets, light blankets and small pillows are provided, but if you wish to bring your own sleeping bag it might be useful for bivouacs on beaches.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Beware of sunburns! On a boat, even in the shade, the sun will manage to get at you reflected by the surrounding water…
There is the possibility to charge cameras and other equipment in 220V onboard. Telephone and Internet connection (although very slow) are available on several locations along the West coast of Madagascar through the 3 main Malagasy Operators (Orange, Airtel or Telma).
Drinks are not included in the cruise price. We have the following onboard as standard: mineral water (still or sparkling), local beer in cans, Coca cola, local rum. If you have special requests that can be found locally and you give us a few days notice we can stock up with them too. The drinks are sold at similar prices as in most onshore bars.
NOFY BE, traditionally used for freight, has been adapted to host up to 8 passengers on cruises. You will normally be sleeping on board in comfortable bunk beds in a communal dormitory, but if you feel like it and the tide permitting we carry with us a few tents for occasional bivouacs on beaches. On day outings NOFY BE can take up to 20 passengers; on diving cruises 6 divers and 2 non-divers.
Before departure we will have a briefing to plan together and fine tune our itinerary according to the wind forecast. It is however just a forecast and changes may occur during our journey, such changes could of course also be dictated by your wants and wishes at the time. Flexibility is the motto on NOFY BE.
We are at the mercy of the winds that can sometimes be contrary or lacking altogether. In such cases our inboard engine takes over. But it is not infallible… Although our crew is well versed in emergency repairs and our engine regularly checked and maintained, it could happen that our arrival may be delayed by a major mechanical or electrical breakdown beyond our control. We therefore strongly recommend that you book your return flight one or two days after our estimated date of arrival.
Our company, Tsanga Tsanga Soa s.a.r.l., owner and operator of NOFY BE, is covered by a Boat Owner’s Public Liability Insurance of 4.253.980.000 Ariary, Policy no.: 51/001 645/11 underwritten by SAHAM, 2 Place de l’Indépendance, Antananarivo, MADAGASCAR. However it is strongly recommended that you take an adequate personal travel Insurance. In case of accident, repatriation costs to bring you to the nearest decent hospital (South Africa or Reunion Island) could be horrendous. Madagascar is a very poor country and its medical facilities are very restricted…
We recommend you give us your travel Insurance details (contact & policy number) on booking so that we can enter them on the boat’s logbook to be within immediate reach in the unlikely event of an accident.