Madagascar attracts many tourists thanks to the beauty of its beaches and the activities that they offer, such as diving, surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and canoeing. Some come not only to enjoy the beautiful beach and the white sand but also to discover the endemic animal species, for example, the lemurs which make the reputation of the Country. Here are some beaches that we recommend for a pleasant stay in Madagascar.
The Nosy Be archipelago includes a dozen small islands. Beaches lead the ranking as they are simply the most beautiful in the Indian Ocean and their beauty has surprised many people. White sands and azure blue beaches are a winning mix for young and old.
Do not hesitate to embark on a cruise that will take you from one island to another: the small specificities of each of these plots of land are worth seeing!
Still in the north of Madagascar, around Nosy Be, the Mitsio archipelago invites you to laze on magnificent white sandy beaches bordered by turquoise water and its exuberant nature.
It is in this archipelago where Tsarabanjina is located, a pretty little private island where only one hotel stands. This island is perfect for you to rest quietly on the white sand and enjoy the sun, out of sight. North Beach is the most beautiful, with its lush nature and only a few bungalows.
Nosy Iranja is actually a set of 2 islets linked together by a magnificent white sandbank. Part of the island is home to a charming fishing village, while the other part is home to the Iranja Lodge. The island blends into the natural and unspoiled setting of the island between pretty deserted beaches and wild landscapes. Bordered by crystal clear waters, the diving remains the best activity to do here.
Take your mask and tube and get in the water to discover the beauty of the seabed.
If you want to enjoy a peaceful and sunny holiday, Nosy Iranja will please you when you know that the island has no electricity and is still sheltered from mass tourism.
The Emerald Sea
A site of supernatural beauty thanks to its blinding turquoise blue crystal waters. The shallow depth of the water added to a very clear sandy bottom gives it this special color. This is what earned it its name “the Emerald Sea”. Accessible by boat, you will not fail to stop sleeping under the stars on the small Virgin Islands that extend around.
Anjavavy and Moromba Bay
Located about 125 km north of the city of Mahajanga, the Anjajavy peninsula offers several kilometers of beaches and small coves, on a preserved coastline populated by baobabs. For information, know that Anjajavy also shelters a vast private reserve that extends over several hundred hectares and where you can hike to discover lemurs, rosewood, chameleons, birds…
Located east of the Malagasy coast, the Island of Sainte Marie is a small piece of land bordered by the turquoise waters of a lagoon. Sainte Marie is undoubtedly the favorite of travelers. There are many beaches there; it all depends on what you are looking for. The most beautiful but also the most frequented are concentrated in the west of the island, but if you are looking for more authentic and wild corners, it is in the North that you will have to go and you will have to face the impracticality of the road.
In addition to the landscape and the turquoise sea, enjoy the site’s marine flora and fauna. And don’t be surprised during the dive to see pirate shipwrecks coming here to dock to stay.
Don’t forget to take a look at the whales from September to November
It is a beach with great potential however its access is quite rough. It is indeed a very isolated area. Anakao is located south of Tulear, in the Mozambique Channel. From Tulear, it takes at least 8 hours to drive and only 4×4.
You will only see a small village inhabited by fishermen as a company for you.
Our advice is to take a fast boat which links between Anakao and Toliara. It’s safer unless you get seasick.
Ifaty- Mangily Beach
If you plan to take advantage of the western beaches, on the side of Ifaty, you will benefit from a mild climate and many paradisiacal beaches. Ifaty is usually the endpoint of the road trip to southern Madagascar. It is a place of rest and relaxation. It is just 20 kilometers north of the city of Tulear on the edge of Mozambique. The seaside resort of Ifaty is very popular for its coral reef and its lagoon with turquoise and translucent waters. The presence of a barrier encourages the practice of many nautical activities such as scuba diving, or snorkeling. Ifaty is one of the picturesque places to go on vacation.
The bay of Ifaty combines the pleasant with the sweetness of life. Magnificent beaches lined with coconut palms. The only downside, the temperature can be quite unpleasant, but a swim and a little sunscreen and voila. Find the true meaning of the word vacancy in these places: beaches with various activities such as diving
Nosy Ve Island
About a quarter of an hour by dugout from Anakao, in the Mozambique Channel, Nosy Ve Island is a sacred place for the Vezo ethnic group and is home to one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in all of Madagascar. It’s an almost deserted beach with fine sand and bordered by a reef much appreciated by divers for its rays, lionfish or groupers. Nosy Ve is also a major tropical bird watching site, so don’t forget your camera.
Last but not least, Fort-Dauphin is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites in Madagascar. It is the kind of oasis right by the sea and after several hours of the desert road from Tulear. An intense blue sea strewn with magnificent beaches and memorable bays awaits you. Libanona and Ankoba are the two reference ranges when you go there.