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Madagascar beach vacations

Major Tropical beaches of Madagascar

Madagascar has got over 5000kms of pristine white beaches, secluded bays and secret coves, enough for great journeys. The beaches of Madagascar are already destinations on their own.

Nosy Be Archipelagos​

It is situated in the northwest of Madagascar and is surrounded by several small islets such as Nosy Komba, Nosy Iranja, Nosy Sakatia, and Nosy Mitsio. Also known as the Perfumed Island due to its Ylang-Ylang plant, Nosy Be is the leading destination in Madagascar for sea and sun because of its tropical climate with superb beaches and excellent facilities. Additionally, Nosy Be is known for its tranquility, turquoise water, and exquisite seafood feasts. The infrastructure of Nosy Be has improved drastically since late last year.

Activities include excursions to the marine reserve of Nosy Tanikely, where one can dive, snorkel, observe lemurs, bats, and more. Other activities include excursions to Nosy Komba, island hopping, deep-sea fishing, diving and snorkeling in the colorful underwater gardens of the island’s spectacular coral reefs, sea turtle observation, visits to the nature reserve of Lokobe, traditional immersion, and visits to essential oil factories.

Nosy Iranja, also known as Turtle Island, is another top destination of Nosy Be, located in the southwest of the island. It is most appreciated for its white-sand beaches, sea turtles, pristine, and clear water. Beach camps are available on the island with very basic facilities for a total disconnection with the rest of the world.

Activities around Nosy Be:

Marine Adventures:

  • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling:
  • Nosy Tanikely: A marine reserve boasting rich coral reefs and diverse marine life.
  • Nosy Sakatia: Known for its gentle green turtles and vibrant underwater flora and fauna.
  • Sailing & Island Hopping: Start from the Hell-Ville main harbor to navigate to nearby islands.
  • Fishing: Deep-sea expeditions often start from Ambatoloaka or Hell-Ville.

Nature Excursions:

  • Lokobe Reserve: Located in the southeast of Nosy Be, this reserve is home to several endemic species.
  • Nosy Komba: A short boat ride from Nosy Be, this island is the second largest in the archipelago and famous for its lemurs.
  • Ylang-ylang Plantation Tours: Tours often commence from Hell-Ville, where many plantations are situated nearby.

Cultural Immersion:

  • Hell-Ville: The capital of Nosy Be offers colonial architecture, local markets, and eateries.
  • Local Village Visits: Villages like Ambatozavavy and Ampasipohy showcase traditional life.
  • Relaxation & Wellness:

Beach Lounging:

  • Andilana Beach: Located on the northern tip of Nosy Be and famed for its stunning sunsets.
  • Ambatoloaka: A bustling beach area with numerous amenities.
  • Spa Treatments: Upscale resorts around Andilana and Hell-Ville offer exclusive spa experiences.

Adventure Activities:

    • Trekking: Mount Passot, the highest point on Nosy Be, offers panoramic views and hiking opportunities.
    • Horse Riding: Equestrian centers near Ambatoloaka offer beach and inland horse-riding experiences.
    • Water Sports: Water sports facilities are concentrated around Madirokely Beach.

Nightlife & Culinary Exploration:

  • Seafood Dining: Restaurants in Hell-Ville and Ambatoloaka offer fresh catches of the day.
  • Nightclubs & Bars: Ambatoloaka is a hub for nightlife, with numerous bars and nightclubs.
  • Whale Watching: Between July to November, boats depart from Hell-Ville and Ambatoloaka for whale-watching tours.

Photography: Everywhere! But for specific scenic shots:

Landscapes: Mount Passot and Lokobe Reserve.
Village Life: Ambatozavavy and Ampasipohy.
Marine Life: Nosy Tanikely and Nosy Sakatia.

Anakao - Nosy Ve - Ambola

Located in the heart of fishermen’s villages, Anakao has a turquoise lagoon decorated by colorful Vezo sailing dugout canoes. It’s southern side is Nosy Ve, a home for the Red-tailed tropic bird and it has pristine and warm water. Windsurfing and kitesurfing can usually be practiced on the island if one has appropriate gear.


  • Windsurfing at Nosy Ve
  •  Snorkeling and diving
  • Excursion with the Vezo sailing boat
  • Excursion to Tsimanapetsotsa National Park
  • Bird-watching at Nosy Ve
  • Whale-watching from July to September.

The Three bays of Diego Suarez​

Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, boasts a myriad of natural wonders, and among its crown jewels are the enchanting Three Bays of Diego Suarez: Sakalava Bay, Dune Bay, and Pigeon’s Bay. These bays, lying near the northern tip of the island, promise a breathtaking blend of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and windswept dunes – a perfect harmony of nature’s grandeur.

1. Sakalava Bay:

Sakalava Bay is a dream come true for wind and water sports enthusiasts. Its long stretch of beach is the playground for kite and windsurfers, with consistent winds providing the ideal conditions for these exhilarating activities. But even if you’re not an adrenaline junkie, the bay’s serene landscape, with its soft sandy shores caressed by gentle waves, beckons you to relax and soak in the beauty.

Activities at Sakalava Bay:

  • Kitesurfing: The bay’s reliable winds make it a haven for kitesurfers. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, Sakalava offers an exciting experience for all levels.
  • Windsurfing: Glide along the turquoise waters and feel the rush as the wind propels you across the bay.
  • Picnicking: Pack a lunch and revel in the bay’s tranquility, with the soundtrack of lapping waves and rustling palms in the background.


2. Dune Bay:

The striking feature of Dune Bay is its massive, rolling sand dunes. The golden sands shift and change with the winds, crafting an ever-evolving landscape that mesmerizes visitors. As you stand atop these dunes, you are treated to panoramic views of the azure Indian Ocean on one side and the rugged Malagasy terrain on the other – a sight that truly inspires awe.

Activities at Dune Bay:

  • Dune Trekking: Explore the vast dunes, feel the fine sand beneath your feet, and be rewarded with unparalleled vistas.
  • Photography: The interplay of light, shadow, and texture on the dunes presents ample opportunities for capturing captivating shots.
  • Sunset Viewing: The bay offers an unobstructed view of the setting sun, painting the sky in a riot of colors.


3. Pigeon’s Bay:

Pigeon’s Bay, with its rugged coastline and rocky outcrops, is a testament to nature’s artistic prowess. The bay gets its name from the flocks of pigeons that often visit its shores. With its wild and untouched beauty, it’s the ideal spot for those seeking solitude and reflection.

Activities at Pigeon’s Bay:

  • Bird Watching: Apart from pigeons, the bay is frequented by various bird species, making it a birder’s paradise.
  • Hiking: Navigate the rocky trails and explore the bay’s unique topography.
  • Meditation and Yoga: The bay’s secluded and peaceful ambiance is perfect for grounding oneself and seeking inner peace.

Masoala Beach-Wildlife Combo: A Convergence of Biodiversity and Beauty

The Masoala Peninsula, embracing the majestic Antongil Bay, is a treasure trove of nature, boasting not only the largest protected rainforest in Madagascar but also a pristine coastline that seamlessly merges with the verdant landscape. It’s a place where one can truly witness the harmonious balance of life above and below water.

Antongil Bay – The Marine Reserve Jewel:

Nestled within the contours of the Masoala Peninsula, Antongil Bay is Madagascar’s largest bay and an integral marine reserve of the region. Its turquoise waters are a sanctuary for an array of marine life, including the endangered dugong and various species of sharks. During the rainy season, the bay becomes a nursery for humpback whales, offering one of the most spectacular whale-watching experiences on the planet.

Unparalleled Beaches:

Masoala’s coastline, including the shores around Antongil Bay, is a serene stretch of golden sands caressed by the azure Indian Ocean waves. These secluded beaches, bordered by dense rainforest on one side and vibrant coral reefs on the other, offer an unmatched level of tranquility. Listen to the distant calls of rainforest dwellers as you soak in the sun or watch the mesmerizing interplay of light and water at dawn and dusk.

Activities at Masoala’s Beaches:

Snorkeling & Diving: With the marine parks, especially around Antongil Bay, teeming with over 300 fish species, Masoala is a diver’s paradise. The crystalline waters offer unmatched visibility, allowing divers and snorkelers to explore the thriving coral reefs, spotting everything from parrotfish to elusive seahorses. Kayaking: Paddle through the calm waters of Antongil Bay, navigating your way around small islets or exploring the nooks and crannies of the coastline. The experience of kayaking with the backdrop of a sprawling rainforest is unparalleled. Whale Watching: Between July and September, the waters around Masoala and especially Antongil Bay come alive with migrating humpback whales. Several tours offer visitors the chance to witness these majestic creatures breaching and playing in their natural habitat. Trekking: Combine beach leisure with forest adventures by trekking through the trails that weave through Masoala’s rainforest and often lead to hidden beach coves. With over 10 species of lemurs and countless exotic birds, your trek will be accompanied by a symphony of nature’s calls. Beach Camping: For the adventurous souls, camping under the canopy of stars with the sounds of the rainforest in the background and the waves crashing nearby is an experience to remember. Local guides can help set up safe and eco-friendly camping spots. Traditional Fishing: Engage with the local communities and learn the art of traditional fishing in the abundant waters of Antongil Bay. Not only is it a fun activity, but it’s also a deep dive into the rich Malagasy culture. Night Walks: As the sun sets, the rainforest alongside the beach wakes up with nocturnal creatures. Guided night walks allow you to spot chameleons, nocturnal lemurs, and a variety of unique insects.

Sainte Marie: A Blend of Romance and Adventure

Be it an unforgettable honeymoon, a soulful solo journey, or an adventure-packed holiday, Sainte Marie Island seamlessly caters to every desire. Every corner of this island paradise tells a tale – of nature’s wonders, of historical adventures, and of moments that become cherished memories. Dive deep, wander freely, and let your heart be captivated by the enchanting allure of Sainte Marie.

Formerly known as Nosy Boraha, Sainte Marie Island stretches a majestic 57 km, exuding a serene beauty that captures the essence of untouched nature. Beyond its idyllic beaches, the pristine turquoise waters hold secrets of vibrant marine life, while the luxuriant vegetation whispers tales of nature’s wonders. With the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, this island treasure on the eastern coast of Madagascar boasts a gentle climate that beckons visitors throughout the year.

Activities to Immerse in the Essence of Sainte Marie:

  • Whale Watching Safari: Timed during the breeding season, guided boat tours offer the chance to witness the mesmerizing dance of humpback whales in their natural habitat.
  • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling: Dive beneath the waves to explore colorful coral gardens, diverse marine species, and ancient shipwrecks from the pirate era that the island is historically known for.
  • Cycling Tours: Explore the scenic trails of Sainte Marie on a bike, riding through quaint villages, lush landscapes, and along the breathtaking coastline.
  • Nature Walks: Discover the island’s diverse flora and fauna with guided treks, revealing hidden waterfalls, endemic bird species, and pockets of untouched wilderness.
  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with the warm and welcoming local communities, learn about their traditions, and enjoy performances of traditional Malagasy music and dance.
  • Relaxation & Wellness: Indulge in beachfront spa treatments, yoga sessions amidst nature, or simply bask under the tropical sun on the pristine sands.
  • Romantic Dinners: Given the island’s reputation as a honeymoon paradise, couples can enjoy private beachfront dinners, illuminated by lanterns, with the symphony of waves as background music.
  • Pirate History Exploration: Delve into Sainte Marie’s intriguing past with visits to the pirate cemetery and historical sites that harken back to an era when the island was a refuge for pirates.
  • Island Hopping: Venture to the smaller islets around Sainte Marie, each with its unique charm and beauty.
  • Kayaking & Paddleboarding: Glide over the calm waters, exploring secluded bays and mangroves, offering a unique perspective of the island’s coastline.
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