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Looking for an adventure to discover places inaccessible by conventional means of transport, far from the beaten tracks? This unusual concept is for you! Come and join us on NOFY BE our 58 feet “botry” (a wooden gaff-rigged schooner sailing boat, also known as “goélette” in French). Traditionally used for freight it has been adapted to host up to 8 passengers on cruises. Setting sail from various locations on the West coast of Madagascar, our intrepid passengers will be led by the winds on a trip back in time along the Canal of Mozambique. Hopping from island to island, anchoring in secret bays, meeting the local “Vezo Sakalava” populations, the Nomads of the Sea, exploring undiscovered and hidden locations, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, and even whale and dolphin watching. A welcoming and responsive crew will lead you through this innovative and eco-friendly cruising concept as well as sharing their local customs and the story of traditional boat building. There are no winches on board. Every manoeuvre is done by hand, hence the need for 4 strong and fit Vezo sailors. They know this coast, its every reef or sand bank, by heart. These waters have been their playing fields since the day they were born. Most of them have been sailing before they could even walk. To ease you into this new world and experience, European Fred or Laetitia will host you throughout your journey. They have extensively travelled along this coast by dugout canoe or botry, and lived for two years amongst the Vezo population, sharing their traditions whilst NOFY BE (which means BIG DREAM in Malagasy) was being built. Beginner or experienced diver? IDC Staff Instructor (PADI), Nico Jeanmart, will ease you into Madagascar’s breathtaking underwater world on NOFY BE’s Diving Safaris packages. He has been exploring the sea floor of the Canal of Mozambique for the past 10 years. He is qualified in underwater photography, deep sea diving, night dives and marine biology. He is also Emergency First Aid and Oxygen Therapy Instructor. And last but not least our local Chef is not only a virtuoso of the stoves but also very funny and an amazing musician who will animate many an evening! All our cruises are tailor-made to accommodate your dates and wishes. We are of course at the mercy of the winds and our routes are dictated by them. Before departure, we will have a briefing to plan together and fine tune our itinerary according to the wind forecast. It is however just a forecast and changes may occur during our journey, such changes can also be dictated by YOUR wants and wishes. Flexibility is the motto on NOFY BE. At these latitudes, we only get about 12 hours of daylight all year round. To make the most of it and keeping with the traditions of our Vezo sailors, we live with the cycle of the sun. Early rise and early down. This concept is designed for families, groups of friends, team building, incentives, scientific research teams, filming crews, diving safari, and even surf trips. So escape and embark with us on a dream journey!
pAfter having been a geologist, soil mechanics engineer working on drilling boats, accountant, tax consultant, property developer, and running a bush TV company, I got involved in a dream adventure, a traditional wooden sailing boat building project. The dream came true in 2009 and since then nbspI spend most of my time on NOFY BE (thatrsquos how she is called, ldquobig dreamrdquo in Malagasy) nbspin the Canal of Mozambique, hopping from island to island, anchoring in secret bays, meeting local populations and their traditions, exploring undiscovered and hidden locations, whale and dolphin watching.p
You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.
CANCELLATION, TERMS & CONDITIONS - More than 2 months before departure: 180€ - Between 2 months and 30 days before departure: 50% of the total price - Between 29 days and 5 days before departure: 75% of the total price - Less than 5 days before departure: 100% of the total price In the event of a cancellation by Tsanga Tsanga Soa s.a.r.l., the owner and operator of NOFY BE, a refund of the amount already paid, up to a maximum equivalent to the service not already provided, will be made by bank transfer. However Tsanga Tsanga Soa s.a.r.l. won’t make any refunds nor can be held responsible in case of events outside its control, such as: war, political upheaval, strikes, riots, technical or administrative incidents outside Tsanga Tsanga Soa s.a.r.l.’s control, cancellations or changes of programme due to circumstances of ‘force majeure’, and/or threats to the security and safety of passengers, and/or the injunction of an administrative authority. Tsanga Tsanga Soa s.a.r.l. reserves the right to modify dates, times or itineraries, if it considers that the security and safety of passengers are at risk, without any entitlement to any compensation whatsoever for passengers. In this Agreement ‘force majeure’ means any cause directly attributable to acts, events, non-happenings, omissions, accidents or Acts of God beyond the reasonable control of Tsanga Tsanga Soa s.a.r.l. (including, but not limited to: strikes, lock-outs or other labour disputes, civil commotion, riots, blockade, invasion, war, fire, explosion, sabotage, storm, collision, grounding, fog, governmental act or regulation, major mechanical or electrical breakdown beyond the crew’s control). It is also specifically understood that the possession or use of any illegal drugs or any weapons (including particularly firearms) is strictly prohibited on board the Vessel and failure to comply shall be sufficient reason for Tsanga Tsanga Soa s.a.r.l. to terminate the Charter forthwith without refund or recourse against Tsanga Tsanga Soa s.a.r.l. .