- Sainte Marie Island Madagascar -

Nature has perfections to show us that it is a God's image,
and defects to show us that it is only an image
[ Blaise Pascal ]

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Sainte Marie Island, Madagascar :

extends 60 Km ( 35 miles ) from north to south and reaches a maximum of 5 Km ( 3 miles ) in width, it is situated close to the eastern coast of Madagascar, within 40 mn flight from the capital Antananarivo.

The pirates have chosen Sainte Marie island at the close of the 17th century for its beautiful creeks and vegetation. And the whales pass by there to make love and to be delivered of, from July to September. Not yet frequented by mass tourism, Sainte Marie is seeked destination for all those people who love nature and privacy.

 

 

Sainte Marie Island, Madagascar :

is quiet and calm. Since 1857 the first built catholic church of Madagascar waits and receives you every sunday. This church lies at Ambodifôtatra seaside and it gives you a wonderful scenery at sunset. The best way to go sightseeing to discover its vanilla, coffee and cloves plantations and to visit its numerous tiny villages is by bicycle or on foot.

It has just one defect : the island receives 3200 mm of rain annually. You can sometimes see the coast of Madagascar from there. So, people joke that : « You can't see the coast of Madagascar because it rains ; and when you see it that means it will rain soon ».

There are a lot of rain in Sainte Marie and your best chances of fine weather is from September to November. From January to March, Sainte Marie Island is subject to violent cyclones. With its 200 Km2 ( 60 Km of length & around 5 Km of wide ), Sainte Marie Island is the second biggest island in size after Nosy Be in Madagascar. Tourism, fishing and rice production are the main activities there. With only one little town ( Ambodifotatra ) but numerous tiny typical villages, it's the best place to relax and to leave one's home.

     

 

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< île aux Nato Beach ( Yannick Blanchard 2006 ) - Sainte Marie island >
< The Creek Beach - Nina at île aux Nato ( Yannick Blanchard 2006 ) >

 

Various and numerous excursions are available in Sainte Marie Island

 

such as sightseeing of the island by bicycle and by foot ( to see the Pirates Cemetery, the Albrand lighthouse, the small Ilot-Madame which is connected to Ambodifotatra on the North and to Belle vue on the South by two causeways, the first catholic church in Madagascar inaugurated in 1857, the Cocoteraie Beach at the extreme North of the island ) ; the Creek Beach ( lovely coconut rimmed beach with a nice point of view of the region ) ; Ile aux Nato ( one of the best sandy beach of Sainte Marie island, for snorkelling with wonderful coral reefs and colorful fishes species, but also with sea urchins ; local alcohol manufacturing, the - Betsabetsa -, walking to the old Albrand lighthouse through cloves plantations and through mango trees, fern trees and the rarely purple orchid, the Eulophiella roempleriana a pandanus épiphyte ) ; Ampanihy Bay ( in the East part of Sainte Marie island, etc. ).

For these excursions you need one full day ore more. With wooden canoe and through zigzag small rivers, you discover a peaceful atmosphere in a tropical mangrove. Between mud and aerial roots, you can see crabs, hermit crabs and amphibian fishes. Very quiet place, it's Ampanihy Bay, you just hear away the sound of barrier reef waves.

 

Sainte Marie island, Madagascar, Madagascar for nature lovers and for hiking lovers - by Ravo.Madagascar
Sainte Marie island, Madagascar, for nature lovers and for hiking lovers - by Ravo.Madagascar

Madagascar a wonderland for nature lovers

 

Ampanihy Bay : perhaps, it's a place like the others with nothing special to mention, but my wife and I have a sentimental attachment for it : it was the place of our Honeymoon in December 1999. With our kindest regards to Hélène, the Manager of PARADIS D'AMPANIHY Hotel and to Olga ( for her advice ). Thanks alot also too to Francisca Massou for his help.

You go there with a vehicle or with a little motorboat ( but we've gone there by foot from the Creek Beach ), following the East sea side, then through mangroves pleasant forest ( see the picture above ). Shallow seas , superb stretch of sand with coconut rimmed beaches, emerald water.

But also vanilla-coffee-clove plantations and little vanilla manufacturing near Anafiafy village ( flowers and pollination are in December and January ; harvest time in May and June and preparation the months after ).

     

 

I appreciate each moment, ...
in the silence and the contemplation, in the exaltation
[ Père Pedro ]

Ratsimbazafy Liantsoa Jenny in Sainte Marie Island Madagascar, a website of Ravo.Madagascar, webmaster of Christian thought Ratsimbazafy Liantsoa Jenny in Sainte Marie Island Madagascar, a website of Ravo.Madagascar, webmaster of Christian thought
< Liantsoa Jenny - Sainte Marie ( Yannick Blanchard ) >
Rollover image : Baringtonia flower Y.Blanchard 2006

 

 

From July to September, humpback whales ( megaptera ) come to Sainte Marie island

 

... to make love, to be delivered of and to educate the young whales. Whales do 10 000 Km go and back from the very cold Antarctic South Pole. They start their long trip from April.

Humpback whale is an enormous sea mammal that means which suckles their young babies with milk. Some of them eat little fishes and squids and the others eat crayfishes.

These whales are black or dark grey with a white belly and their fins are very large ( it's the reason why people call them « Megaptera » because when you observe them in the sea, you have the impression that they fly ). An adult whale has between 12 and 18 m of length and a weigh of 30 t. A baby whale has 4 or 5 m of length and a weigh of one or two tonnes. Its mother takes care of him until it has one year old. An adult whale can have 50 years old. And they can sing during 15 mn. Whales are endangered animals ; the world protects them since 1966.

     

 

Whales watching in Sainte Marie Island Madagascar, a website of Ravo.Madagascar, webmaster of Christian thought Whales watching in Sainte Marie Island Madagascar, a website of Ravo.Madagascar, webmaster of Christian thought
Megaptera whales ( humpback whales ) and Tails of Whales

 

 

A Madagascar trip invitation
to see the North and the East

Day 01
Arrival in Antananarivo
City tour of Antananarivo
Day 02
Antananarivo / Diego Suarez
Flight to Diego Suarez - City tour of Diego Suarez
Day 03
Diego Suarez
Day excursion to the 3 Bays - swimming & baobabs
Day 04
Diego Suarez
Visit of Amber Mountain National Park & the Red Tsingy
Day 05
Diego Suarez - Ambanja
Visit of The Tsingy of Ankarana Natural Reserve
Day 06
Ambanja - Ankarafantsika
Picnic lunch on the way
Day 07
Ankarafantsika
Visit of Ankarafantsika Sifaka lemurs National Park
Day 08
Ankarafantsika - Antananarivo
Picnic lunch on the way
Day 09
Antananarivo - Andasibe
Handicrafts market shopping - Chameleon's Reserve
Day 10
Andasibe - Pangalanes Canal
Visit of Andasibe Indri Indri lemurs Natural Reserve
Day 11
Pangalanes Canal - Toamasina
Visit of the Palmarium lemurs Reserve - Cruise by boat
Day 12
Toamasina - Sainte Marie Island
Transfer by boat - Free afternoon leisure
Day 13
Sainte Marie Island
Walking day excursion in " île au Nato "
Day 14
Sainte Marie Island - Antananarivo
Flight to Antananarivo
Day 15
Departure from Antananarivo
Transfer to the airport

 

 

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I love nature. I love people. I love trips.

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Lying off the northeast coast, the idyllic tropical island of Sainte Marie is becoming a more and more popular tourist destination as visitor discover its endless deserted beaches, overhanging coconut palms, bays protected by coral reefs, hills blanketed with luxurious vegetation and diving. There are many trails on the island and everyone can bike or walk everywhere, even cross the island from east to west ( about 5 Kms or more ).

     

 


Clients' Testimonies after their trips in Madagascar :

• Erik Segers ( Belgium ) has written in « LinkedIn » :
If you want to discover Madagascar, Ravo is your man to organise your trip from A to Z. Thanks to his deep knowledge and boundless enthusiasm we had a truly first class visit of this wonderful island. Without a doubt, I do recommend, wholeheartedly.

Another person has said, always in « LinkedIn » :
Ravo did concoct us a customised journey to discover Madagascar. He listened to our wishes, gave us many suggestions before and during the tour. He’s very skilled and can adapt to all sorts of clients. We sincerely recommend to all those who would love to discover this big island to contact this outstanding guide - Isabelle Burcheri ( Canada )

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