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27-NOV-2016 Dick Keely

Emerald Sea

Diego Suarez, Madagascar

The Emerald Sea (Mer d'Emeraude) is located north of the passage to Diego Suarez Bay.
It is one of the largest and most beautiful natural bays in the world.
It is an enclosed bay with ~20 Km boundary.
A visit to northernmost Madagascar should include a trip to the Emerald Sea.
The ideal time is during the rainy season from November to March, when the water is clearer and warmer.
Organised boat transfers leave from Ramena Beach or Port Jasmin in Diego Suarez.
Besides the transfer, organised tour operators usually also provide snorkelling equipment as well as lunch at a deserted island.
Local fishermen at Ramena Beach are willing to take passengers to the Emerald Sea for a much lower price.
Even from space the colours of the Emerald Sea are highly visible. The first metres of the bay are shallow turning the water emerald, thereafter the water gets a bit deeper turning the colour turquoise instead of blue black.
Several mostly deserted islands with great empty beaches frame the bay. Beside sunbathing and swimming, Emerald Sea is ideal for snorkelling, kitesurfing and windsurfing. It is also possible to stay overnight in one of the few hotels on the mainland next to the bay. Babaomby Island Lodge offers accommodation in large tents.

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Jean-Claude Riboulet03-Feb-2017 22:29
I like very much that picture, the colors.V
laine27-Jan-2017 21:18
A work of art...beautiful. V
clickA SF21-Dec-2016 21:11
Great colors, excellent compo. Vote
Long Bach Nguyen05-Dec-2016 05:54
Beautiful composition
Bill Miller03-Dec-2016 07:07
Wonderful vivid colours. It looks lovely there.
monica memoli02-Dec-2016 20:41
Wow!!! v
Jim Coffman02-Dec-2016 20:24
Very nice work, Dick!
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)02-Dec-2016 18:50
Beautiful blue.....V
Jola Dziubinska02-Dec-2016 18:08
Amazing colors, very nice photo. V.
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