The island is a popular holiday destination due to its easily accessible, clean and private beaches that offer great snorkeling. It’s also a great island to explore, covered by a magnificent primal forest home to all kinds of trees, plants and flowers.
Generally speaking the weather is always good, but the summer months of October to May are generally hot and humid. From June to September the weather is a bit cooler, but only marginally so as it’s still hot enough to only wear a bathing costume and sarong all day. December to March are the rainy months – lots of thunderstorms and heavy rain at night, but still sunny during the day. If it rains during the day it will be a heavy downpour for 1-2 hours and then it’s all over. These are also considered to be the cyclone months.
The local currency is the Malagasy Ariary Ariary. It is best to bring Euros, which can then be exchanged locally. There is a BNI bank on Nosy Be which has an ATM where you can use your visa card to withdraw money. Three other cash machines are available on the island of Nosy Be. On the island of Nosy Komba there are NO banks. All payments are made with the local currency.
The island of Nosy Komba has no roads, but all facilities are within walking distance, or you can hire a boat to get to your destination. On the island of Nosy Be, taxis are readily available.
There is no electricity on Nosy Komba – most restaurants and hotels are serviced by generators. 293 on Komba Guest House is serviced 24hrs by solar power. NO electrical items such as hairdryers, shavers, fans, heaters or any items with elements are allowed. All electrical items must be cleared by staff before being used.
No immunisations are necessary for the area, however do check with your local travel clinic should you also be travelling to other areas of Madagascar. Malaria prophylactics are recommended, but this is a personal decision.
Malagasy is the main language spoken on the island as well as French business language. English is spoken at 293 on Komba Guest House.
Traditions, customs and taboos
There are many taboos and traditions in Madagascar and if your guide asks you not to point your finger or photograph a tomb etc. please respect their wishes.