project review

Life is fantastic on Nosy Be

Review submitted by Helen Carlton
Review date 2 Feb 2011


A month into life on Madagascar marine camp at Nosy Be already! Time is moving far too fast and 2 volunteers have already completed their stay! It’s strange to lose people when you spend so much of your time with every day!

Our camp is great. We live right on the beach and we have a rainforest right behind us. Our camp is situated next to a the local village on Nosy Be. The villagers are very friendly and always keen to help out with cooking or building and our PC, Rachel, has some what become a mother. There’s a character to all the kids! Communication is limited, but manageable and we have started up English lessons for those who want to learn in the in the village.

The food is usually rice and beans, but this really makes you appreciate the odd special treat like chips or cake!

Friday night is party night and we party with the locals, when the food and drink flows and dancing is enforced!

On our day off we have visited Lokobe Natural Reserve, where our local guide, Bridot, amazes us by potting all sorts of weird and wonderful wildlife, including black lemur, Boa Constrictors, numerous geckos and lizard species and chameleons, including the smallest species in the world- so cute!

The diving has been great. We dive regularly and there are about 5 different reefs we have been diving to explore. We explore and research what species are present and also we are training to gain our PADI Advanced Open water qualification.

Learning to dive was great fun and breathing underwater is an amazing feeling! In the past week we have started to carry out BSP surveys on the reefs. These have been fun, and learning all the fish species has proven quite a task.

Some of the marine life we have seen includes turtles, a huge range of fish and some people even spotted dolphins.

Camp life can be tiring, especially in the heat and everyone does miss their home comforts but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to want to leave in 2 weeks!

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