Nosy Ankao is the much-anticipated island resort, promising a new type of tourism for Madagascar
The archipelago of Nosy Ankao sits just off the north-east coast of mainland Madagascar and is a significant breeding ground for Indian Ocean terns and turtles.
The Miavana Private Island development have taken a long lease on the majority of the land on three of the islands that make up the group and have spent the last few years removing 10,000 exotic casaurania trees and planting 60,000 endemic replacements.
There is a luxury lodge currently under construction and ambitious plans to introduce lemurs (there are none at present). There's also a huge amount of pedigree as this is being undertaken by the same people who created the iconic North Island in the Seychelles in the late 1990s and bought Norman Carr Safaris, one of Zambia's most respected safari operators, in 2011.
The islands are surrounded by pristine coral reefs offering superb snorkeling and diving opportunities, as well as whale and dolphin watching, deep-sea fishing beyond the reef, jet skiing and kite surfing. Guided water activities will provide fascinating insights into the surrounding ecosystem as guests explore the aquamarine bays, beaches, lagoons, and channels of the archipelago.
Creating über-high-end tourism here - the preferred means of transfer is by helicopter - is completely new and may involve a few bumps in the road in a place as logistically challenging as Madagascar. The ultimate, and worthy, aim is to protect and conserve the island’s vulnerable natural resources, provide employment for people from the local communities and provide world class land and marine activities for their guests. We continue to watch with interest as this fascinating project comes to fruition.