Our opinion on MadaScaph dive center
MadaScaph is above all the story of Daniel, a Swiss diver who fell absolutely in love with the north of Madagascar. Before opening his dive center on the beach of Ramena in 2007, Daniel had a diving school in Switzerland. He had exceptional know-how in lake and river diving and was a diver and certified instructor. Today, Daniel is more than happy to use his expertise to guide you around the magnificent dive sites in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean!
All year, MadaScaph takes divers to various wrecks and, at up to 10 to 40 meters down (on average), on drop-offs and coal reefs. Depending on the season and your luck, you can admire different species of both hard and soft coral, such as coral flowers, coral brains, and salad coral. You can also observe all types of coral fauna: surgeonfishes, barracudas, jacks, groupers, humphead wrasses, and sea turtles. It is also common to see silvertip sharks, small gray hammerheads, eagle rays, and even mantas! In fact, depending on the season the dive sites can stretch from the Bay of Ambodivahibe to Cape Amber where MadaScaph runs one- or 2-day safari dives.
As for the staff, they are all local with more than 23 years of experience. There is a PADI & TDI instructor, a PADI Divemaster and 3 sailors. The center has 15 complete Scubapro suits available of excellent quality and in top condition as well as two Coltri compressors and a boat (a 9-meter Malagasy boat).
The staff at MadaScaph center is professional while remaining warm and friendly! What’s more, Madascaph is the only dive center here! An absolute dream come true! Ramena is also worth visiting because it’s a little fishing town. This allows you to really live a unique, authentic experience and a golden chance to meet the Malagasy! Moreover, it is the first dive center in this region of north Madagascar and therefore, has helped sustain the local tourism and create jobs. The dive sites remain those of top quality because before MadaScaph, the seabed was virtually unchartered territory. In fact, Daniel discovered the Desiree shipwreck-- an unlisted, unregistered wreck-- on his ownnand will be thrilled to take you there and show you around.
MadaScaph: a little close-knit dive center located on a beautiful beach with turquoise water and full of dive lovers. What more could you ask for?