The island of St. Marie is found off the East coast of Madagascar and is known for its beautiful white sand beaches, coral reefs and dense vegetation.
Today the island is a beach vacation paradise. There are a host of activities to do on the island: visitors can visit a pirates' cemetery, walk among cashew and cinnamon trees, snorkel from the offshore islet, dive from one of the beautiful sandbanks or simply put your feet up and relax on the beach.
From July to September, humpback whales are frequent visitors to the surrounding waters, and exceptional sightings have been recorded. They can be seen everywhere from the island, but it is best to take a whale watching cruise and get an up-close look at these magnificent grey giants.
The Madagascar Sainte Marie Beach Holiday ends back in Antananarivo.
Arriving at Ivato Airport you are transferred to your first overnight hotel in Antananarivo, where you can unwind and take a refreshing swim.
Depending on your arrival time in Antananarivo, there may be time for a tour of the local crafts market (extra cost), which can be arranged with the hotel.
After a quick breakfast, you will be transferred back to Ivato Airport for your flight to St Marie Island.
On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel on this tropical island off Madagascar. With its private stretch of beach and sparkling swimming pool, the hotel offers a luxurious retreat on the idyllic island.
The hotel can arrange numerous activities for you, from boat trips to different areas of Sainte Marie to road trips, whale tours (seasonal) and quad biking excursions.
The next few days are free for you to explore and do optional activities (extra cost) on and around the island. The hotel reception can help you to choose and book activities from the array of exciting options on offer.
Go snorkelling, or do a scuba diving trip over a few days. Fishing trips can be arranged, or you can simply enjoy sundowners on the beach as the sun sets.
Enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the hotels along the main road, take a stroll into the small town of Ambodifotatra to browse boutiques or the local market on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After a leisurely breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.
From the airport in Antananarivo you can catch your onward flight, wrapping-up this memorable Madagascar Sainte Marie Beach Holiday.
Ilse Saint Marie, once a safe haven for marauding pirates, is an island off the east coast of Madagascar. A visit to the pirates' cemetery is an interesting experience, proof that the pirates weren't invincible. It's coves, bays and islets offer privacy and, due to the coralline growth, superb diving. Take a ride in a traditional pirogue on the calm waters and if you are visiting in July lookout for the migrating humpback whales. This island is truly heaven on earth.
Accommodation on this Madagascar Beach Tour is in clean and comfortable mid-range to upper range hotels. We stay in standard rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The Madagascar tourism industry is relatively young, therefore accommodation is sometimes limited. Similar accommodation establishments of the same standards are used depending on availability.
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