Nosy Satrana takes its name from small palm trees that are mainly grown here, and are the basis of many local dishes. This island few miles south of Anakao, is large enough to have some houses, sheep, zebus and some areas are cultivated. Here are many herons that according to local believers are the spirits of the ancestors who live under the shady branches of a large tamarind tree north of the island. At low tide and fantastic colors of the lagoon, it offers visitors large sandy beaches that overlook a turquoise and transparent sea.
Many of the best snorkeling and diving sites are located off the coast of Nosy Satrana, so it is not possible to get there on foot. Dive here is magical, a maze of arches, tunnels and caves that is home to large schools of fish. To dive in this area, you need a bit experience, so we almost never offer it as a first day, but the feeling that you have to swim between the play of light and the walls that meet only here is truly incredible.
Eight of the nine types of mangrove species are found in Madagascar and cover nearly 3,000 square kilometers of land. Mangrove forests are important nurseries for young coral reef fish. Their aerial roots, which can breathe even if immersed in brackish waters, protect young fish from open sea predators, which otherwise would have to go to the barriers before being adults and therefore more vulnerable. We will travel by kayak and SUP through the channels around which the mangroves grow, slowly savoring the silence interrupted by the sounds of nature. Jumping fish, flying birds. A snack or a lunch awaits us on our return. Equally interesting is to rent the Kayk or SUP and follow the fishermen in the Ocean in front of Il Camaleonte. Stopping to take pictures and admire the coast from the sea.
Like Nosy Ve, the village of Sant'Augustin, probably from the seventeenth century, has been a strategic refuge for pirates and merchants. These creeks in the river are in fact a perfect hiding place. It is now a lively village straddling the Toliara civilization and southern nature. Our 5 hours local pirogue excursion will show you pristine places, shades of incredible colors where the river joins the sea. An excellent lunch of large prawns is available in the restaurant near the cheerful local market.
Anakao offers excellent wind conditions: magnificent landscapes, low waves near the shore and higher just farther away, generated by the warm and deep waters of the Mozambique Channel. The kitesurfing and windsurfing season in Madagascar runs from the end of March to the end of November and reaches its peak between June and September when the wind is stronger. You can then dedicate yourself to freestyle and freeriding in the calm waters of the lagoon and either jump in the waves (which can rise up to 3 m on the coral reef).
Discover the underwater marine world as you glide through the water like a dolphin, perform exciting underwater stunts or simply relax on the surface and enjoy the journey.
The Subwing completely reinvents the way we explore and interact with the ocean and its marine life. It's the water sports table par excellence all you have to do is grab the wings and point them in the direction you want to go.
Tilt both wings down to dive and up to resurface.
You don't have to be able to hold your breath for a long time to enjoy the Subwing. Only a few seconds underwater for each dive are sufficient for a great experience. You can also choose to stay on the surface and watch the underwater world pass under you. Depending on the size of the boat, it is possible to tow more people simultaneously, making the whole experience even more fun!
Increase the thrill factor by flying near the bottom of the sand or by flying upside down.
The park offers an exceptional endemic fauna and flora diversity. There are 72 species of birds: gray-headed inseparable, crested coots, Madagascar drongo, parrots, hawks ... The park also has numerous Leumuri such as maki catta, numerous turtles, colorful iguanas and chameleons The numerous caves in the park there they will uncover blind fish (typhleotis that live in poorly lit funds of cracks). There are thorny plants, shrubs of traditional medicine, but also a forest of baobabs and trees of 10 to 12 meters (banians). The lake is located in the heart of the park and stretches over 20 km. Shallow, its waters are full of calcium sulphate which creates colors that oscillate from the green topaz to the turquoise blue where 112 species of birds live, including pink flamingos.
The TSIMANAMPETSOTSA park can be reached in 2 hours by 4x4 car. A guide will show you the park and then take you to lunch in a corner of paradise overlooking the sea where in the right season you will see whales pass by.
Talk to the staff to wait for you with tanks and dive on a pristine reef where there are neither divers nor snorkelers.
During the austral winter (July, August and September) the humpback whales come in hundreds from the waters of the South Pole to Madagascar, where they are born, mate and remain to wean the young before returning to the cold waters covering distances of 20000 km per season .
These cetaceans can grow up to 15 meters long and weigh 45 tons and have a sociable character that shows with spectacular leaps.
For excursions we rely on local fishermen who have always known the sea and will try to spot and approach whale groups, usually some females with their young, without disturbing them and giving them the opportunity to observe and photograph them closely.
There are many fishermen that organize these excursions, we assure you of the respect that these wonderful creatures deserve. Also at the end of the excursion you will go to the island of Nosy Ve for a tour, a snack and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters.
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