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Nosy Mangabe

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'''Nosy Mangabe is a 520 hectare nature protected tropical rainforest island abundant in wildlife located about 2km off the the coast of [[Maroantsetra]]. The island is perhaps one of the first areas of Madagascar to have been inhabited by European explorers.'''
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The island is part of the [[Masoala National Park]] and is best known for its resident aye-aye lemurs, which were released here in the sixties to prevent what was then thought to be a species at risk of extinction. British science fiction writer Douglas Adams visited the island in search for the aye-aye for one of his books, Last Chance to See. These nocturnal lemurs may however be difficult to spot. Other lemurs that can be found on the island include white-fronted brown lemurs and black-and-white ruffed lemurs. Dolphins and sea turtles can also be found in the bay around the island.
A boat trip to the island takes about 30 minutes and can be booked at the Masoala park office in Maroantsetra. Alternatively, a trip can be arranged by [ Rakoto Vazaha] - local guide who is highly recommended. There are no permanent inhabitants or accommodation on the island, except for a camp site for biologists, researchers and visiting tourists. There are trails but they are often slippery.
The island has a history of trading and piracy. At Plage des Hollandais on the north coast there are rock carvings by Dutch sailors dating from the 16th or 17th century and a more recent shipwreck. The island has also served as a quarantine for sick sailors. The highest point is 332 metres and close to the summit there are some tombs. There is a lighthouse, a waterfall and a beach on the island. A two-day pass costs 15,000 ariary payable at the park office directly on the island.

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