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GT Fishing | South Nosy Be | Madagascar

Tour code: MAG003
Category: Fishing Holidays, Popper & Jig Fishing, Single Angler Fishing

We are very excited to be able to offer you this unique opportunity to fish some of Madagascar’s fish rich waters of the South of Nosy Be. In conjunction with our partners, Nirvana Fishing, we know that if you are a die-hard lure angler then you will love this holiday.

We fish some of the most famous areas from the archipelago of the Radama through to Nosy Lava Island, Narinda Bay, Moramba Bay and to the gates of Majunga (according to the length of your cruise). You will soon discover the huge diverse fishing opportunities that this part of the world has to offer and you may even fish virgin spots still abundant with big un caught fish.

Each season in the south of Nosy Be we boat GT’s and many other sport species such as Barracudas, Groupers, Dogtooth Tuna, Amberjacks, Snappers, Yellow Fin Tuna and even Black Marlin, you will soon find yourself surrounded by some of the worlds best popper and jig fishing waters.

South Nosy Be area has a coastal line of over 250KM and with it being very close to a narrow continental shelf makes for some very diverse fishing opportunities. In the morning you could be fishing around the stunning shore line then with a very short move you could be fishing depths of over 100mtrs with down riggers to fish for many different Groupers and of course the super hard fighting Doggies.

The reason why we are now able to fish the south coast of Madagascar is we have at our disposal, a stunning variety of different Catamarans to suit most group sizes and are the perfect base for living and dining from. We know how important it is that you can sleep and rest in the best conditions especially after an intense days fishing and that’s why our Catamarans have been selected for their quality and comfort of the sleeping cabins. There are also great relaxation areas, either in the lounge with sofas or on deck (sun deck) to enjoy the great outdoors, basking in the sun, watch the magnificent starry sky of Madagascar or prepare your fishing arrangements.

The actual boats you will be fishing from follow the Catamaran out to the fishing grounds. They are very functional, comfortable, equipped with unparalleled safety equipment and are top quality boats (10.30 metre fiberglass shell, central console, engines 2 x 250 HP, equipped with high-tech electronics, a cabin with WC, washbasin and shower), accommodating up to 4 fishermen and able to navigate with ease by seas, unequalled performance (top speed of 45 knots !) simply the best extreme fishing boats available at Madagascar!

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Nosy Be Catamaran

We know how important it is that you can sleep and rest in the best conditions, especially after intense days of fishing and that’s why we carefully select the best Catamarans for their quality and comfort for sleeping. Each angler will get his or her own sleeping cabin with either a single or double bed.

On board the Catamarans, you will of course have access to electricity (220 V sockets) to recharge your batteries and devices. There is also fresh running drinking water available on board. On our Catamarans you will have a wide screen TV for you to plug your cameras in to to view all your stunning videos and images of the trip.

We strongly believe that the success of your fishing trip will come down to comfortable sleeping arrangements, excellent food and places to relax in the evening meaning you can completely concentrate on the fishing.

The food that is served on board is delicious, varied and original and is prepared by our talented chefs. The food is produced and prepared with local fresh produce and mostly organically grown (fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs). Breakfast and evening meals will be served and eaten on board the Catamaran and the lunches will be prepared and packed on the fishing boat for you to enjoy whilst out fishing. As for drinks, spring water bottle is kindly provided and included in the full board of our formulas. All other beverages (soft drinks, beers, wines, spirits, espresso coffee) are extra, payable on the catamaran at the end of your stay.

We have a selection of Catamarans, all are of a high standard and will be assigned to you dependant on your group size.

Board: Full Board
Rooms: Single rooms
Telephone: On board Satellite phone
Power: 220 Volt
Air Conditioning: Except Catamaran Noah
Meals: On Board
Alcohol: Chargeable
Equipment Hire: Complete pop & jigg outfits
Shop: On Board Tackle shop
Cash Accepted: Euros
Species Information
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 20LB to 65LB
Average Weight: 30LB
Dogtooth Tuna
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 30LB to 220LB
Average Weight: 60LB
Giant Grouper
Season: All Year
Peak: November to April
Weight: 50LB to 550LB
Average Weight: 220LB
Giant Trevally
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10LB to 140LB
Average Weight: 55LB
King Mackerel
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 20LB to 75LB
Average Weight: 30LB
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: March to June
Peak: April to June
Weight: 25LB to 100LB
Average Weight: 40LB
Season: All Year
Peak: March to June
Weight: 20LB to 80LB
Average Weight: 40LB
Season: All Year
Peak: October to April
Weight: 10LB to 60LB
Average Weight: 25LB
Black Marlin
Season: All Year
Peak: March to June
Weight: 150LB to 1100LB
Average Weight: 300LB
Season: March to June & Oct to Dec
Peak: May & June
Weight: 40LB to 135LB
Average Weight: 65LB
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10LB to 85LB
Average Weight: 40LB
Suggested Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

DAY 2:

Arrive Addis Ababa

Depart Addis Ababa
Arrive Nosy Be

Once you have arrived at Nosy Be and collected your bags, head to the arrivals hall where one of Sportquest Holidays representative will be waiting to meet you. They will then assist you and your luggage to your private taxi. You will then be transferred to the marina where we will have our speed boat waiting to take you out to your Catamaran. (Transfer approx. 2 30 hours)

Before boarding the speed boat our guide will treat you to a light lunch then once you are ready we will take you out to your Catamaran.

When you board the Catamaran and have unpacked you will be invited to the top deck where you will get to meet your crew for the week. This is then your opportunity to discuss with the head guide what you would like to achieve from your week.

Overnight accommodation: Catamaran (Single rooms) F/B

DAY 3: Fishing Day.

Over the next 5 days, after breakfast you will depart with your boat and crew to the various areas to fish different methods or target your chosen species.

The coastline on the South of Nosy Be is full of very interesting popper and lure features from coral reefs to steep drop offs where you can pop to raise some fantastic GT’s

Return back to the Catamaran for some relaxation and a good meal.

Overnight accommodation: Catamaran (Single rooms) F/B

DAYS 4 & 5: Fishing Days.

The fishing is conducted from our 10.5 metre / 34.5ft purpose built boat perfect for a days popper or jig fishing. Our guides will help you as much as you need.

We can also arrange for your group to have some lessons on popper and jig fishing. This will have to be arranged before you depart. (subject to availability)

Overnight accommodation: Catamaran (Single rooms) F/B

DAY 6: Fishing Day.

Your fishing boat has been kitted out with top of the range down rigging equipment so you can take advantage of deep feeding fish and you just never know when you troll fish baits or shads at depths that normally are not fishable.

Overnight accommodation: Catamaran (Single rooms) F/B

DAY 7: Fishing Day.

Each day you can choose to fish different styles, simply make it clear to your guide and he will take you to the best areas for your chosen style of fishing. We can organise you a days popper fishing, jig fishing or trolling it is entirely up to you, or why not take a fly rod and chance your arm at catching one of these beasts on a fly rod.

On your last days fishing you will start earlier around 06:00 and you will fish until its time to depart back towards Nosy Be (The departure will depend on the distance needed to travel back to Nosy Be)

Once the boat has made its way back to Nosy Be, we will then transfer you to your overnight hotel in Nosy Be.

Overnight accommodation: Nosy Be Hotel (Twin Room) B/B

DAY 8:

Free day to relax and explore Nosy Be. This is a stunning beach side location so there are plenty of things to keep you occupied. Alternatively, if you give us plenty of notice and subject to availability we can extend your fishing days given you an extra day and night on the Catamaran.

Overnight accommodation: Nosy Be Hotel (Twin Room) B/B

DAY 9:

In the morning once you have checked out of your hotel, take a taxi back to Nosy Be airport (Taxi not included) to start your journey back to the UK.

Depart Nosy Be
Arrive Addis Ababa

DAY 10:

Depart Addis Ababa
Arrive UK (alternative routes available)

Dates & Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start DateEnd DateDaysNightsFishingAnglerNon-AnglerAvailability
01/08/201931/08/20191095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/09/201930/09/20191095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/10/201931/10/20191095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/11/201930/11/20191095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/12/201931/12/20191095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/01/202031/01/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/02/202029/02/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/03/202031/03/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/04/202030/04/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/05/202031/05/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/06/202030/06/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/07/202031/07/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/08/202031/08/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/09/202030/09/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/10/202031/10/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/11/202030/11/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
01/12/202031/12/20201095£3,590On Request  Book Now
Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Price Notes

Prices are based on four adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) in one of our Catamarans and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Price Supplements

If you group size is smaller than the standard four then contact us for an up to date price as we have several different Catamarans to suit group sizes

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What's Included & Excluded
  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Nosy Be airport to Catamaran transfers
  • Catamaran for accommodation
  • All meals on Catamaran
  • State of the art 34ft fishing boat
  • Professional guide
  • 5 days fishing
  • Nosy Be overnight hotel
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Nosy Be to airport taxi
  • All drinks
  • Personal items
  • Fishing tackle and local tips
  • National Park Fees €15 a day per person

Custom Coaching: If you are a beginner or a experienced lure angler we can offer you coaching from the owner of Nirvana Fishing, Alain. He is fully qualified and recognised around the world as being one of the best. (BP JEPS – France) Alain will spend the day with your group helping iron out any bad habits you may of picked up. He has such a wide knowledge of all lure fishing and techniques that after you spend the day with him, it will vastly improve your saltwater adventures.

Tackle hire: We have complete rental packages to suit all styles of lure fishing from heavy popper set ups to light jigging. All rods and reels are top quality brands and come fully loaded with brand new line. The equipment on hire is completely set right for the style of fishing so if you have not got the right equipment then we highly recommend taking the hire tackle package. There is also a tackle shop on board the Catamaran where you can purchase the correct lures and are all very reasonably priced. Anything purchased in the tackle shop must be paid in cash (Euros)

Catamaran Upgrade: Please contact us for an up to date price if you interested in upgrading the live aboard Catamaran

Flight upgrades: Please contact us for an up to date price if you interested in upgrading your flights

Tour Notes


A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. You will be asked to fill out a tourist Visa once you arrive at Madagascar airport. This costs around €25

Medical Requirements

Malaria, Hepatitis, Typhoid and Tetanus.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Madagascar.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Paris (approx 1.5 hours)
Paris –  Saint Denis de la Reunion (approx 10.5 hours)
Saint Denis de la Reunion – Nosy Be (approx 1.5 hours)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights, we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Nosy Be to Catamaran (approx 3.5 hours)

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