Scuba diving Salary

How and where we dive

The Salary lagoon.

Not alike the Ifaty lagoon, it is fringed with a close and young coral reef, and is shallower and smaller, with mostly sandy seabeds and not many different biotopes. It seems less rich than Ranobe's, even if it is undoubtly more beautiful, its sandy bottom and clear water producing shades of sapphire, turquoise, emerald... The reef itself is made of a lot of small coral platforms that emerge at large low tide, dug in furrows and spurs where they face the swell, in canyons where they escape it. Very nice coral coverage in these canyons. Then going off reef, sands, then canyons again or beautiful big coral patches, with quite a few fishes. From 10 meters at the reef foot to 18 on these patches and then 25 further. And after that begins the great show, between 25 and 40 meters : napoleons fish, potato groupers, giant groupers, baracudas, eagle rays, trevallies, giant moray eels and from time to time sharks or manta rays...

All this area is a protected marine area called Soariake, under the authority of WCS.

We are still exploring it, with a lot to be found yet.

How do we dive

Your first immersion

A few dive sites at random

Jardin d'Hanitra

Anjokozoko - 12m

In the Anjokozoko pass, in the lagoon, a swimming pool on white sand, shallow, then a smooth slide to twelve meters leads to a wonderful coral garden. When no current, it's a great place for first dive or refresh, or just to see beautiful things. Baracudas, trevallies...


Centre - 10m

Right in front of the 'Un Peu Plus Au Nord' and 'Five Senses' hotels, on the reef, external, first range of canyons. Very good for a first try, a refresh, or a dive devoted to fire coral for instance, but impractcable as soon as the swell get bigger..


Centre - 20m

Atimoo Madagascar Dive site : Walhall
Phyllidie verruqueuse


Anjokozoko - 23m

Right north of the Salary south pass outside the lagoon, between 23 and 15 meters deep. Mariann, a norwegian woman who found it out whith us, named it Walhall, that is the Vikings paradise. Well, at least for one dive, Mariann believed in heaven. This is a reef big enough for many different dives, with deep and narrow canyons, some of them closed, caves, where live thousands of small fishes. An infinity of caves to be explored. Magnificent coral.

Walhall in pictures

La Stéphanoise

South Tsiandamba - 30m


Centre - 30m

Third range dive site, that is a shoal coming after the two ranges of canyons, deeper. less coral but more fish, more big fish, giant grouper, giant trevally, and mobuls rays...

Coral fields

South Tsiandamba - 22m

Magnificent coral fields south of the Tsiandamba pass. Probably more to be found around...

Blueberry Hill

Centre - 30m


Anjokozoko - 10m

Right outside the Anjokozoko pass, on the reef, in the area where it spreads in really beautiful canyons and holed patches, covered with splendid coral, populated with fusiliers, surgeon fish and young big snappers. Very nice place for the second part of a Discovery Scuba Diving, or a refresh, or a relaxing dive anyway if you don't expect to see big fish. We go there when the too big tides don't allow us Hanitra, and the swell not too big...


Salary - 28m


South Tsiandamba - 22m

In between the Tsiandamba pass and Alohaloha, great site for a second dive, especially after Alohaloha. Two underwater hills covered with coral at 100%, so many species of fish, turtles, and water as clear as cristal...

Atimoo Madagascar Dive site : Alohaloha
Les bancs de grandes bécunes jaunes


South Tsiandamba - 27m

On the sand, at 27 meters, deux small rocky patches with shabby coral, a bigger norther, you think it is going to be a boring one. And then, madly scratching on the sand, two big snappers, three, lowfin rudderfishes, dizains, hundreds, trevallies joining the dance, bigeye, yellow-doted, and even one or more giant trevallies. You are caught in a magnificent sarabande, spiral from bottom to surface, while in your back are patroling pickhandle barracudas, Syphraena jello. Sometimes big tunas around. Once, a big black marlin came and revolve around us...

Alohaloha in pictures

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