Enjoy a rest in the bay of Saint-Augustin

The bay of St. Augustin is a unique and special place in the province of Tulear. This site has all the ingredients to guarantee you dream holidays.
If you enjoy relaxing on the beach, St. Augustine will offer you an amazing seaside. You will enjoy the cool waters as you take a dip before resting in the shade or in the sun on a sandy beach. You can also observe the luxurious seabed while diving or snorkelling, and discover underwater landscapes of rare beauty. Note that the coasts of Toliara are protected by a coral reef.
Almost all the activities in St. Augustin revolve around the sea, but you can nevertheless enjoy the scenery and the surrounding nature. This is the right place to observe marine wildlife. It was in this well protected bay that vezo fishermen found a coelacanth from prehistory, which is now exhibited in the Rabesandratana Museum in Toliara.
In this picturesque fishing village, you will also walk in the footsteps of the pilgrim fathers who built a fort in the 17th century and also admire the vezo cemeteries built on the nearby hillsides.
This article was featured in Prime Magazine January 2017 

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When to go

The province of Toliara has a desert type climate and records the lowest rainfall in Madagascar. As in the whole region, temperatures easily rise above 33° C in Saint Augustin with an average temperature rising to 24° C. The best time to visit is between July and September.


How to get there

Antananarivo and Toliara are distant of 936 km. You can take this trip by taxi brousse, though the journey will be very long. You can also opt for an air link. Once in Toliara, take the road towards Sarodrano, a town near the bay.


Where to stay

Toliara has high quality hotel offers. Au Paradis d’Espérance, la Résidence Eden Ecolodge, Anakao Ocean Lodge, Kintana Hotel, Atlantis Madagascar, Hôtel Soalaza, Le Prince Anakao, Longo Vezo Hôtel and diving center are ready to welcome you.


Where to eat

Most hotels in Toliara have a restaurant service which serve traditional dishes. But if you want to make contact with the local people, you can order your meal at the Restaurant Le Zebu Philosophe, the Bernique restaurant, Le Jardin de Giancarlo, Blu or the Etoile de Mer.


What to see

This region has numerous sights. During your stay in St. Augustin, visit the Cave of Sarodrano and the Antsokay Arboretum. You will make interesting discoveries. A boat ride in the mangrove forest will enable you to better know the hunting grounds of Vezo fishermen. The latter will also be happy to welcome you in their village. Upon your return to Toliara, visit the Institute of Fisheries Science, and the Museum of Mahafaly Arts and Traditions

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