Hellville is the biggest town on Nosy Be. Nosy Be is the biggest tourist island in Madagascar. And this is the commercial port where everything comes ashore. The small cargo ship that arrived during our time here anchored off and the cargo was dispatched onto smaller vessels that brought it ashore. There was a crane on the wharf that could lift containers but we didn't see how the containers moved between the wharf and the ship. We went on an island tour instead.
A previous load that came over on a local boat from the mainland carried these slabs of foam for new bedding seen here. And every size and type of plastic container/tub/bucket that is used on the island. Cheap plastic that doesn't last long in this sun, but we did have to buy a new wash tub as ours cracked beyond use while we were here. The crates are full of tomatoes and carrots, the bags possibly held cassava or potatoes; who knows. You can see the guys with 50 kg bags of rice carrying them up the ramp on their heads or shoulders at the left. They got 1000 Ariary per bag they offloaded from a boat. That is less than 30 cents US. But I saw guys running them up the ramp! Very strong men.
Our group enjoying Three Horses Beer while waiting for our meals.
An ox cart rolls past the turquoise mosque we went in to see. It was the oldest site for a mosque here.
People drape the roots in red to pray for gold, and white to pray for silver. The skulls of a zebu cow are considered offerings, too, as is honey.
A local dhow, this one unusual as it has discernable paint still on it, sails past YOLO at anchor in Crater Bay.