From March to June and from september to november are the best months. avoid the rainy season and the windy season. Early season is better for billfish and late season is better for doggies. however you will find most of the species in each season.
BOAT BLUE WATER - WE HAVE GOOD SPOTS within 25miles radius from the beach that are ideal for day trips. medium size dogtooth tunas and big king mackerels are the most targeted species but you can also find wahoo, marlin, gt and sailfish. THE STANDARD IS a 7h day but longer trips can be arranged. We plan the trip accordingly to what you are looking for. these trips are made in partnership with extreme blue water spearfishing.
BOAT REEF SPECIES - There’s lots of different options if you are looking for some reef action. from shallow bommies to deep blocks and pinnacles. most of the really good spots for reef diving start from 18/20m and go all the way to 35m. However shallower areas can also hold good fish. targeted species are jobfish, blood snapper, long nose emperor, blue fin trevally, giant trevally, bohar snapper, rosy jobfish and much more. THE STANDARD IS a 7h day but longer trips can be arranged. We plan the trip accordingly to what you are looking for.
live a board - this is the only way to dive the very best spots that madagascar has to offer. all the trips are custom made to make sure we set you up on the right place for what you want to hunt. one thing is certain though, we will go far. we often go to castor bank, intermidiate bank and the radamas. any of these places hold an incredible variety of species from reef fish to the most iconic blue water monsters like dog tooth tuna, marlin, giant trevally and so much more. Get in touch with us for more specifics about these trips.
TRIP INFO AND TIPS
WATER TEMPERATURE - 28ªC / 30ªC at the surface but be prepared for some sever thermoclines sometimes. Water temp can drop 3 degrees.
VISIBILITY - MORE THAN 15 METERS MOST OF THE TIME. AVERAGE IS 20M TO 25M close to shore and 30 to 40+m on the offshore banks.
WEATHER - YOU CAN EXPECT TO HAVE LAND TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 25ºC TO 32ºC. WIND is very mellow if you go on the right season and swell is rarely a factor. bring shorts and flip flips if you are keen to jump into the beach life.
FLIGHTs - there are daily flights to nosy be. get in touch if you need help booking yours.
TRANSFERS - WE WILL TAKE CARE OF AIRPORT TRANSFER AND FROM YOUR LOCATION TO THE BOAT.
SPEARFISHING LEVEL - THIS IS A VERY VERSATILE PLACE WHEN IT COMES TO SPEARFISHING. WE CAN TAKE YOU ON YOUR FIRST STEPS IN SPEARFISHING TO THE SHALLOWEST BAYS AND ALSO PROVIDE SAFETY FOR DEEPER DIVES ON THE MOST CHALLENGING SPECIES. LET US KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AND WE’LL TAILOR MAKE THE TRIP ACCORDING TO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. if you are targeting bigger blue water fish or challenging reef species then the average depths are between 20 to 25m on most of the spots. we also have deeper areas for the more experienced divers.
GROUP SIZE - THE IDEAL IS FOUR PERSONS. TWO PAIRS IN THE WATER. HOWEVER WE CAN ARRANGE DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN SO CONTACT US TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS.
SAFETY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY SO THE GROUPS MUST ALWAYS DIVE IN PAIRS IN A REAL BUDDY SYSTEM. ONE UP, ONE DOWN. WE HAVE ONE GUIDE IN THE WATER AT ALL TIMES BUT EVERYONE MUST BE IN SIGHT OF HIS BUDDY WHILE DIVING. WE WILL GIVE YOU A SAFETY BRIEFING BEFORE GOING IN SO EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE NEEDS HELP. OUR GUIDES ARE CERTIFIED IN BASIC LIFE SUPPORT AND A FIRST AID KIT IS ALWAYS ON THE BOAT. SHARKS ARE USUALLY MELLOW BUT ALWAYS KEEP AN EYE ON THEM.
THE MAIN GOAL IS TO TARGET BIG DOG TOOTH TUNA on the blue water spots. This is the pound for pound strongest fish in the ocean and it takes time and effort to land one. they will test your gear and your skill. we have different spots where you can find them from shallow reef structures to deep drop offs. the bigger fish are on the offshore drop offs and tend to be bellow 20m deep. These same places are the grounds to find Giant trevally, wahoo, king mackerel, rainbow runner, barracuda and other kinds of trevallies.
The reefs hold different kinds of snapper like bohar snapper, speckled snapper and mangrove snapper. You can also find giant sweet lips, job fish long, nose emperor and groupers. smaller dog tooth tuna, mackerels and big gt’s can also be found on these areas.
3 MM wetsuits WILL BE the best choice for most divers. if you want to dive a bit deeper then a 5mm top might be useful if you are a skinny guy like david ochoa.
SPEARGUNS FROM 100 TO 130 ARE THE MOST VERSATILE FOR REEF DIVING. 150CM+ OR ROLLER GUNS ARE IDEAL FOR BLUE WATER.
FLOAT LINE, bungees and floats prepared for big fish. if you are targeting big dog tooth tuna you have to be prepared properly. get in touch and we’ll help you setting up the right rig. Extra gear can be provided upon request too.
We provide led for weight belts.