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Nosy Tsarabanjina - A Mountainous island, with rare birds, luxuriant vegetation, bordered by white sand beaches and surrounded by coral reefs.

Situated in the north-western part of Madagascar, at about 40 miles from the port of Nosy Be, Tsarabanjina is one of the paradise islets of the Mitsio Archipelago: the Mountain islet, fringed by white sandy beaches with its extraordinary birds, its lush vegetation and ringed by coral reefs. The region is bathed by sunshine all year round (except February which is cyclone season).

Tsarabanjina is a sacred islet. On the small peninsula of the eastern beach is found the tomb of the Sakalava kings of the Mitsio islands. Up to this day the people of the Mitsio islands venerate this place; they come here bringing their offerings (money, honey, rum…).  Should you want to go there for a visit, respect the place by going barefoot, wearing a lamba (shawl) without forgetting to leave your gift in order not to displease the gods.

Les Quatres Frères (The Four Brothers islets), facing Tsarabanjina, on the north-west side, are mythical rocks where a large number of birds (northern gannets, white-tailed tropic birds, frigates…) come to build their nests. These islets, except one, are well-known for scuba diving. Legend has it that the gods sent five brothers to that spot.

One got mad with three of his brothers and he decided to leave them. The fourth brother, who loved the fifth one very much, pined away broken-hearted. It is for this reason that birds do not nest there and the seabed seems desolate. As for the fifth brother, he is today near the Russian Bay, off Nosy Bé. It is called the "Pain de Sucre" (Sugar Loaf).  is a sacred islet. On the small peninsula of the eastern beach is found the tomb of the Sakalava kings of the Mitsio islands. 

Other Madagascar Destinations

Mitsio Islands | Nosy be | Nosy Iranja | Nosy Komba | Nosy Tanikely Island Marine Reserve | Nosy Tsarabanjin



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