The name Nosy Be actually means big island and is pronounced Nosy Bay. Of all Madagascar, Nosy Be was the original tourist resort. Whilst it can be more commercial and touristy than other parts of the country, for travellers looking to experience Madagascar with ‘softer edges’, this resort offers a taste of everything that makes this country special; wonderful beaches, lemurs, chameleons and excellent food.
There are also several islands surrounding the resort, which offer barefoot luxury. It was traditionally referred to as the ‘Isle de Parfum’ – the perfume island as it was, and still is, the source for many fragrances including Ylang-ylang, vanilla and pepper.