Madagascar Guide

Where whales swim off white sandy beaches, lemurs live in protected rainforests and the perfume of spices fill the air, Madagascar is a tropical paradise like no other. Once visited, never forgotten.

Madagascar Destinations

Explore vast areas of unique plant and animal life, experience the rich cultural heritage, swim in turquoise lagoons and kickback on glorious beaches. As they say in Malagasy, 'Soava dia'. Have a good journey.

Madagascar Activities

Diving among coral reefs, kitesurfing on blue lagoons, wildlife spotting in rainforests, exploring on motor bikes, Madagascar offers action and adventure combined with stunning locations.

Madagascar Culture

Steeped in culture with a diverse background of African, Asian and French influences, a visit to Madagascar is a voyage in ancient traditions, historical customs and colourful rituals.

Madagascar Destination Guide

The fourth largest island in the world, 450km east of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is a geographically diverse paradise, also known as the Eighth Continent featuring unique wildlife, stunning beaches and a rich culture. For where to go in Madagascar, top places to see and visit in Madagascar, whether remote fishing villages, spotting rare lemurs or staying in luxury hotels, this is the definitive guide for what to do and see in Madagascar.
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Madagascar Guide

Madagascar divides naturally into FIVE different regions for travel, sight-seeing and adventure.

Simply click on a region on the map to find out more.

Please note on a tablet / mobile you will have to use these links 

With 592,000 km ² of breathtaking landscape including lofty mountains, lakes, waterfalls and tropical rainforest plus a unique ecosystem and colourful culture, Madagascar offers some of the most varied and exciting sights in the world. To do Madagascar, though, as a one or two week vacation, it's best to plan a region - or regions - to visit according to what you want to experience.

Situated in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa with the equator close to the north of the island gives Madagascar its unique geography and a varied climate that can change from region to region with long dry seasons and intense rainfall depending on where and when you travel.

Whatever time of year there is a benefit. Enjoy the extraordinary variety of birdlife from September to November, watch magnificient Boss whales off the coast from July to September and Whale sharks from October to December, or marvel at the flowering orchids during the cyclone season from January to March.

International airlines including Air Madagascar, fly into Ivato airport, 20km north of the capital, Antananarivo (Tana). From here small aircraft take you to the different regions - or the really intrepid traveller can take a car, bus or motorbike but be aware that some of the roads can be challenging.

You'll have the trip of a lifetime wherever you go in Madagascar, whether you stay in the Central region for scenic landscapes and history, go North for beaches and mountains, head West to some of the clearest waters of the Mozambique Canal, fly South for surreal vegetation and sunshine or travel East for spices and luxurious tropical vegetation.

For a more detailed travel guide to the regions of Madagascar, click on the map or the links below:

Madagascar Highlights

Marodoka, which means 'the ancient village',the first village of the island dating from 800 A.D. with exceptional architectural remains

Marodoka - Nosy Be

Marodoka, which means 'the ancient village' in Swahili is a beautiful tourist destination in Nosy Be. The first village of the island dating from 800 A.D. with exceptional architectural remains.....

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Marodoka une belle destination touristique, le premier village de l'île datant de l'an 800 après J.C. avec des vestiges architecturaux exceptionnels

Marodoka - Nosy Be

Marodoka, qui signifie “l’ancien village” en swahilie est aujourd’hui une belle destination touristique de Nosy Be.Le premier village de l'île datant de l'an 800 après J.C. avec des vestiges architecturaux exceptionnels.....

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the Tsingy Rouges are an inescapable attraction, natural spectacle of all beauty invites you to an escape out of time and particularly rich in emotions

The Red Tsingy

Like the intruders in the midst of a landscape of grassy savannahs, the Tsingy Rouges are an inescapable attraction of the north of Madagascar. This natural spectacle of all beauty invites you to an escape out of time and particularly rich in emotions.....

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The black lemur or l’Eulemur macaco, an emblematic species endemic of Nosy Be invites you to visit its natural habitat: the national park of Lokobe

Lokobe National Park

The black lemur or l’Eulemur macaco, an emblematic species endemic to the island of Nosy Be invites you to visit its natural habitat: the national park of Lokobe.....

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A popular site for tourists is a place steeped in history as well as an exceptional shelter for an extraordinarily rich fauna & flora perfectly preserved

The Mont Passot

The Mont Passot, which Nosy Be inhabitant also call "Bongo Pisa", is a volcanic mountain located about thirty kilometers north of Hell Ville. This popular site for tourists is a place steeped in history as well as an exceptional shelter for an extraordinarily rich fauna and flora. We invite you to discover this little paradise, perfectly preserved.....

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Cap Diégo, this small point of land which land into the sea, has played a major role in the birth and expansion of the city which is known as Diégo-Suarez

Cap Diego

For your next stop in northern Madagascar, please book Cap Diégo in your program. This small point of land which land into the sea, has played a major role in the birth and expansion of the city which is now known as Diégo-Suarez.....

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This village is a paradise for researchers and scientists, but also for trekking lovers. Put on your equipment and get ready for a breathtaking adventure

Waterfall Ambobaka

For an unforgettable holiday, make a stopover in the village of Ambobaka. Located in the heart of the Diana region in the North of Madagascar, this village is a paradise for researchers and scientists, but also for trekking lovers. Put on your equipment and get ready for a breathtaking adventure.....

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The Bay of Russians is an island located between Nosy Iranja and Nosy-Be. his place is also a witness of the Russian fleet’s journey in Madagascar in 1905

The Bay of Russians

The Bay of Russians is a small island located between Nosy Iranja and Nosy-Be, formerly called Bay of Ambavatoby. This is not a simple holiday resort for vacationers in search of change of scenery. This place is also a witness of the Russian fleet’s journey in Madagascar in 1905 during the moment of the Russo-Japanese war.....

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Antalaha was once inhabited by fishermen. At 19th century when vanilla, a variety of orchid with vines, was introduced in 1905 in the Sava region

Antalaha

The peaceful city of Antalaha was once inhabited by fishermen. Everything changed at the end of the 19th century when vanilla, a variety of orchid with vines, was introduced in 1905 in the Sava region – composed of Sambava, Antalaha, Vohémar and Antalaha - in the northeast of the island.....

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If you have a passion for water sports, we advise you to spend your next vacation in Babaomby. The best kitesurfing and windsurfing spots on the island

Babaomby

If you have a passion for water sports, we advise you to spend your next vacation in Babaomby. This place located on the northern tip of Madagascar in Diego-Suarez, between the Mozambique Channel and the Indian Ocean, offers you the best kitesurfing and windsurfing spots on the island.....

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Daraina, a small coastal town located in Vohémar. Dating, nature, beaches, you will all have what you will need to live a unique holiday

Daraina - Vohemar

For your next holiday destination, opt for Daraina, a small coastal town located in Vohémar, in the north of Madagascar. Dating, nature, beaches, you will all have what you will need to live a unique holiday.....

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Marotony

Marotony

Marotony ("many personal sacred trees" in Sakalava) is a charming fishing village on the coast of Ambanja. A popular stop on the tourist routes to discover the Archipelago of Radama, starting from Nosy Bé. A stopover on this authentic place will not disappoint you.....

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Orangea, this paradise site of Diégo-Suarez housed in the 19th century the

Orangea in Diégo Suarez

Orangea, this paradise site of Diégo-Suarez housed in the 19th century the "port aux Boutres" or "Port des Arabes" or "Port des Antalaotra". These Islamic seafarers from Mayotte or Zanzibar, who mastered the Swahili dialect, supplied the people of the north of the island with manufactured goods and weapons. They also sometimes traded slaves.....

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The villagers still practice harpoon fishing, and let’s not forget the various lemurs that overrun this place. Nosy Komba which houses Antotorogno village

Antotorogno - Nosy Komba

Antotorogno is one location deriving its great value in the tourism field in Madagascar passing through Nosy Komba; the villagers still practice harpoon fishing , and let’s not forget the various lemurs that overrun this district. Known for its surrounding islands, in Nosy Be, go to Nosy Komba which houses Antotorogno village: the fishing village.....

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Ambanja an area conducive to the cultivation of cocoa, is crossed by the famous Sambirano river. Andranomandevy is a village located 30km from Ambanja

Andranomandevy - Ambanja

Ambanja, an area conducive to the cultivation of cocoa, vanilla, coffee and pepper, is located in the north-west of Madagascar towards Diégo Suarez. It is crossed by the famous Sambirano river. Andranomandevy is a village located about 30 km from Ambanja.....

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The Emerald Sea is a lagoon at the entrance to the bay of Diego-Suarez, in the far north of the country. It is also called the wonder of Madagascar

Emerald Sea - Diego Suarez

The Emerald Sea is a lagoon in Madagascar located at the entrance to the bay of Diego-Suarez, in the far north of the country. It is also called the wonder of Madagascar.....

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North of the city of Sambava, on the road to Vohémar, is the 140km long Bemarivo River bordered by fields of exotic products and spices, including vanilla

Bemarivo River - Sambava

North of the city of Sambava, 17 kms on the road to Vohémar, is the 140km long Bemarivo River bordered by fields of exotic products and spices, including vanilla. "Hangitry Bemarivo" translates to "Scent of Bemarivo".....

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Located by the sea & surrounded by equatorial nature, west of Ambaro Bay & east of Nosy Be. Nosy Faly offers paradise to those who want a change of scenery

Nosy Faly

Located by the sea and surrounded by equatorial nature, the island of Nosy Faly is 25 minutes from Nosy Be and 40 minutes from the port of Hell City. Located west of Ambaro Bay and east of Nosy Be, the island offers paradise to those who want a change of scenery.....

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Nosy Saba is a stop off location for fishermen in canoes, surprised by the night or the wind, but also for green turtles on the beaches to reproduce safely

Dolce Vita in Nosy Saba

Located in the UNESCO marine biosphere reserve of Sahamalaza, about 100 km south of Nosy Be, accessible by boat and private plane, is Nosy Saba which means "Life is sweet". This 130 hectare island naturally offers everything that nature and sea lovers can expect.....

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Located 20min by boat from Nosy Be and south of Nosy Komba, this village offers a timeless setting with authentic landscapes, rich in local agriculture.

Anjiabe - Nosy Komba

Anjiabe, is a unique village that deserves a special detour during your trip in the North of Madagascar. Located 20 minutes by boat from the island of Nosy Be and south of Nosy Komba, this village offers a timeless setting with authentic landscapes, rich in local agriculture.....

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Madagascar Culture

From time-tested techniques for creating bricks to the passed down craft of making fishing schooners to ritual dances, traditional headwear and after death rituals, Madagascar is rich in the sort of culture that money can't buy. To invest in some time to discover Madagascar's traditional ways of life click here.

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