The Boat Details
Gecko is a 36’ 2007 Jaguar Catamaran. Two double forward, en suite, cabins and two aft double cabins, large, airy saloon and open plan galley. Fold-back double doors lead onto the back deck creating an unusually large area with space for 8 people to sit comfortably (6 around the dining table). The helm is situated on an upper level and on the aft end of each hull there are double seats looking forward.
A large trapeze at the front and a shaded area allows for afternoon siestas in the breeze. At the forward end of each hull are pulpit seats for great dolphin watching! The hatches in the cabins are forward facing meaning that, when open, the breeze is funnelled down onto the bed. Gecko’s skipper – Albert – has been working on charter boats most of his adult life (he is 44) and knows the waters around Nosy Be intimately. His infectious laugh, moving and amusing stories and glorious smile make a charter on Gecko a memorable experience. Without Albert there would be NO Gecko; there would be NO MadagasCaT.
Assisting Albert is a chef of remarkable talent and the quiet, hard-working Maurice – always there in the background. Gecko has a two man sit-upon kayak, basic snorkelling gear, a portable DVD, fans in the cabins, a water maker for constant fresh water, copious amounts of fridge/freezer space (“We found the beer on Gecko the coldest in Nosy Be.” Billy Smith) and a range of excellent fishing equipment.
Prices start at R12300 per person based on 8 guests and go up to R15 780 per person based on 2 guests for a 6 night charter. Children under 12 pay R7500 each but with a minimum of 2 full paying adults.
“The crew was absolutely top class, and Albert is a star. We wanted to hijack the chef, but Albert said I would then have to deal with you!”