Luxury Holidays in East Madagascar

While the East of Madagascar may not have the North's diversity, the combination of National Parks in the interior and the stunningly beautiful coastline and island paradise of Ile Sainte Marie make this difficult place to reach well worth the effort.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • There's a distinctly Caribbean vibe along the east coast
  • Il Sainte Marie is one of the most charming places in a pretty charming country

Our guide to holidays in The East

The undisputed star of the inland show is Andasibe-Mantadia National Park with its primary forests home to fourteen species of lemur including the largest of the lot, the Indri Lemur. Twitchers should note there are also over 100 species of bird for to spot. Heading to the coast, the Palmarium Reserve is another good place to spot Indri Lemurs, but in a more open setting next to the Pangalan Channel.

Alternatively, or as a lovely combination, just a short flight from Antananarivo lies the laid back island of Il Sainte Marie off the east coast. The island has shed its gritty pirate past (they would plunder ships carrying the profits of the spice trade) and is now an extremely friendly place where you'll find sandy beaches lined with coconut palms, wonderful coral reefs and small, intimate hotels. It feels a lot like the Caribbean, basically. The channel between the island and the mainland is also a hot spot for whale watching as large groups of humpbacks make their way from the Antarctic to breed in warmer waters between June and September.


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Ile Sainte Marie aerial view

Il Sainte Marie off the east coast is a perfect place to get a feel for Malagasy culture and coastal life and the people are extremely friendly.

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  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 30cm / 11.9 inches
Flight from London

11:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +3 hrs


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