EASTERN REGION

MUST SEE

Andasibe is famous for its lush rainforest and is home to the indri lemur, the largest lemur species and an iconic symbol of Madagascar’s unique biodiversity.
Sainte Marie is known for its annual humpback whale migration, as well as its fascinating history as a former pirate hideout, which can be explored through its vestiges and ruins.
Ile aux Nattes is famous for its laid-back atmosphere and stunningly pristine beaches, offering visitors a chance to relax and unwind in crystal-clear waters.
Masoala National Park is one of the largest remaining blocks of rainforest in the Indian Ocean region and boasts an incredible array of biodiversity, including many endemic species found nowhere else in the world.
OVERVIEW

Traveling to Eastern Madagascar is a throwback to old-fashioned adventure. It exudes an untamed, primitive allure, from the misty peaks of Masoala, along the vast coastline with its thundering waves and hanging palm trees, to the verdant waterways of Pangalanes Lakes. The inaccessibility of this region creates isolated communities and, for explorers, a thrilling sensation of stumbling upon uncharted territories, including entire national parks.

Although it can be exasperating at times, Eastern Madagascar yields more travel anecdotes than any other place. If you appreciate this, make it your first destination.

LANDMARKS

The Eastern region of Madagascar offers an enchanting experience for people of all ages, with friendly locals greeting visitors with tropical fruits and handmade shell necklaces.

WHY GO?

The eastern region of Madagascar is known for its rugged terrain and difficult transportation network, which creates isolated communities and gives adventurers the opportunity to explore uncharted territories. Additionally, the region offers unique wildlife experiences such as observing the Indri Indri lemur in its natural habitat in Andasibe and whale watching in Sainte Marie, particularly during the humpback whale migration season between July and September.

EVENTS

Don’t miss the Whale Festival in July when you’re on Île Sainte Marie. This significant event marks the beginning of the humpback whale season and features a grand parade, games, exhibitions, stalls, concerts, and a conference to promote awareness about these magnificent creatures.

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Snorkeling & Diving

Madagascar is a top destination for snorkeling and scuba diving, offering crystal-clear waters, diverse marine life, and stunning coral reefs. Some of the best spots include Nosy Be, Sainte Marie Island, and Anakao, where visitors can encounter a variety of marine life such as sea turtles and tropical fish. There are diving schools and centers throughout Madagascar that offer guided tours for beginners and experienced divers, as well as PADI certification courses.

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Honeymoon

Madagascar is a top honeymoon destination, offering stunning scenery, unique wildlife, and secluded romantic locations. Couples can enjoy private beach villas, candlelit dinners, and walks on deserted beaches. The island of Nosy Be is a popular choice, with beach resorts, turquoise waters, and coral reefs. For adventurous couples, Madagascar’s national parks offer incredible wildlife experiences, from exploring rainforests to spotting lemurs.

Birdwatching

Madagascar is a top destination for birdwatchers, with 120 endemic species, 5 endemic families, and 1 endemic subfamily. Some prime birdwatching locations include Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Masoala National Park, Berenty Private Reserve, Isalo National Park, and Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park. The best time for birding in Madagascar is between September and November, during the mating and nesting season when fruits and insects are abundant.

Trekking

Madagascar offers a range of trekking trails suitable for all levels, from easy walks to challenging hikes. Andringitra National Park is a popular destination for exploring granite peaks and spotting ring-tailed lemurs. Other options include Montagne d’Ambre National Park, Ankarana Reserve, and Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Marojejy National Park is ideal for experienced trekkers seeking rugged terrain and rare wildlife encounters, such as silky sifaka lemurs and helmet vanga birds.

Whalewatching

Madagascar offers excellent whale-watching opportunities, particularly from the months of July to September. During this time, humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to the warm waters off Madagascar to mate, give birth and nurse their calves. Visitors can witness these majestic creatures breaching, tail slapping and performing other impressive displays. Some of the best locations for whale-watching in Madagascar include the Ile Sainte Mariea, Nosy Be and Ifaty. Boat tours are available in these areas, giving visitors the opportunity to observe the whales up close in their natural habitat. Additionally, visitors can learn about these amazing creatures and the conservation efforts being made to protect them.

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History & Local Culture

Madagascar’s rich history and culture offer travelers a wealth of activities, including visiting local villages, learning about traditional crafts, and participating in cultural festivals. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Ambohimanga, the royal hill of the Merina people, is a popular destination for exploring the royal palace and tombs and learning about the Merina people’s history and traditions. Visitors can also immerse themselves in local culture by exploring bustling markets like Zoma Market in Antananarivo or visiting artisan workshops to learn about traditional crafts.

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Surf & Kitesurf

Madagascar offers uncrowded and unspoiled waves for surfers and kitesurfers. The south coast, particularly the area around Tulear and Fort-Dauphin, has consistent waves suitable for all levels of surfers, with popular spots including Anakao, Ifaty, and Ankoba Beach. The best time to surf is September-October. The northern coast has exceptional spots for kitesurfing and windsurfing, with Babaomby Bay, Nosy Be, and Sakalava Bay being popular spots with side-on winds and calm lagoons for freestyle and freeride. Experienced surfers can also find waves up to 3m on the reef.

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Luxury

Madagascar may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of luxury travel, but the island offers a range of high-end experiences for those seeking luxury and exclusivity. From private lodges in remote areas to luxurious beach resorts, Madagascar has plenty to offer for those seeking a luxurious escape. We have a large collection of high-end accommodation throughout Madagascar, such as Miavana by Time + Tide, Mandrare River Camp, Anjajavy Le Lodge, Constance Tsarabanjina to name a few

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Beach

Madagascar boasts over 5,000 kilometers of stunning coastline with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and an abundance of marine life. Some of the most popular beach destinations in Madagascar include Nosy Be, Ifaty, and Sainte Marie Island, which offer a range of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, and sunbathing. There are also many secluded and untouched beaches to be found along the coast, perfect for those seeking a more private and tranquil experience.

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Parks and Reserves

Madagascar’s national parks and reserves cover 7 million hectares (17 million acres) and are home to over half of the world’s primate species, along with numerous endemic species like lemurs, chameleons, and aye-ayes. Madagascar has exceptionally high biodiversity, with 80% of its flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. Ranomafana, Andasibe-Mantadia, Masoala, Bemaraha, and Isalo are among the popular national parks and reserves that showcase the island’s diverse wildlife and landscapes, while also promoting sustainable tourism and conservation efforts.