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Nosy Mangabe

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'''Nosy Mangabe is a 520 hectare nature protected tropical rainforest island about 2km off the the coast of [[Maroantsetra]] abundant in wildlife.'''
<googlemap version="0.9" lat="-15.495867" lon="49.768066" zoom="14" scale="yes" controls="large"></googlemap> The island is part of the [[Masoala National Park]] and is best known for its resident aye-ayes lumursaye 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 (west coast) there are rock carvings by Dutch sailors dating from the 16th or 17th century and a more recent shipwreck. The highest point is 332 metres. There are some tombs, a lighthouse, a waterfall and a beach on the island. A two-day pass costs 15,000 Ariary ariary payable at the park office directly on the island.
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