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The 10 most popular beaches beautiful of Madagascar

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Sun, crystal clear sea and real oases of peace. These are the ingredients of most beautiful beaches of Madagascar, the beautiful land off the African coast. With its tropical climate, Madagascar is the ideal place for a beach holiday, away from the stress of the city and immersed in dream landscapes.
Many of the most beautiful beaches are true corners of paradise, with palm trees, long stretches of fine white coast and various sports activities that can be carried out by the sea. If you too want to discover this magical land and know the beauty of the sea, read on the article of 10 most beautiful beaches in Madagascar.



Index

  1. Sakalava Bay
  2. Nosy Iranja
  3. Cap Sainte Marie
  4. Andilana
  5. Anakao
  6. Nosy Tanikely
  7. Madirokely
  8. Nosy Sakatia
  9. Nosy Komba
  10. Emerald sea
  11. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  12. Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip: interactive map + info on flights, hotels and tours
  13. User questions and comments

1 - Sakalava Bay

It is a large lagoon next to the pigeon bay and the dune bay, which is why it is called the bay area. Sakalava's is ideal especially for sportsmen and surfers: here, in fact, due to the wind
winding on the beach, locals and tourists meet to have fun in the waves. During sporting activity, it is not uncommon to come across dolphins and giant turtles that make the experience even more engaging. In addition, this bay is also suitable for those who love long beaches and do not want overcrowding.



  • Where it is: northern coast of Madagascar, not far from Diego Suarez. To get here you have to start from the aforementioned city, even if to get there the road is not easy, nor easy - Get directions
  • Ideal for: surf
  • Type: White sand

2 - Nosy Iranja

If you love long white beaches, this is definitely for you. But the particular aspect of this beach that the difference from the others is the presence of one 2km stretch of sand connecting Nosy Iranja ad
another islet
, the Nosy Iranja Kely. It will be really exciting to walk on this sandy isthmus and go from one islet to another. Also, if you are lucky you can see the Hawksbill turtles that lay their eggs up close and, if you reach the apex of the island, you can see the lighthouse built by Gustave Eiffel from which the panorama extends in all its splendor.

  • Where it is: north-west coast, about 1 hour by boat from Nosy Be; to reach Nosy Iranja you need a boat that is often made available by the accommodation facilities - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Nosy Be from € 48,00 per room -

3 - Cap Sainte Marie

The beaches of this islet are truly heavenly and are ideal especially for fishing lovers due to the massive presence of fish. If you get here from July to September you can see whales who stop in these waters before resuming their journey to the southern seas. As you can imagine, it is a unique and exciting experience. Moreover, here there is a rich coral reef which makes diving even more special



  • Where it is: southern coast, close to Antananarivo. To get to the island there are connections from the capital or from Tamatave - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, fishing, snorkeling
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b in Antananarivo from € 41,18 per room -

4 - Andilana

It is considered by many the most beautiful beach in Nosy Be, without a doubt the most famous island of Madagascar, the one that every year welcomes many tourists from all over the world. Given the prestige of this beach, along its
2 km you can find numerous resorts, entertainment venues, immerse yourself in postcard waters and snorkel for a dream experience.
This beach can actually be divided into two parts: if you want fun, choose the west one, if you love relaxation and silence, opt for the "turtle beach"

  • Where it is: north coast of Nosy Be; once on the island it is advisable to rent a motorbike or quad - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, fun, snorkeling
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Nosy Be from € 48,00 per room -

5 - Anakao

Less known by the tourist circuits, but beautiful and spectacular, this beach is located in the south of the island. If you love white beaches and turquoise sea, you will immediately fall in love with this place. You can relax on restaurants located directly on the beach and sunbathe while the pendulum canoes wait to leave for the sea. In addition, the sea is full of fish and is ideal for snorkeling.



  • Where it is: 40km south of Tolear, one hour boat ride - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -

6 - Nosy Tanikely

La coral reef a few steps from the beach allows diving and snorkeling enthusiasts to immerse themselves among fish, corals, rays, dolphins and sea turtles. The seabed is shallow, so even the less experienced can enjoy the beauty of the seabed, a real living aquarium!
On the way to the beach it is possible to see specimens of birds and lemurs: in fact, around the beach there is a luxuriant vegetation.

  • Where it is: half an hour by boat from Nosy Be
  • Ideal for: snorkeling
  • Type: black sand of volcanic origin
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Nosy Be from € 48,00 per room -

7 - Madirokely

White sand, corals and palm trees by the sea make this place a real postcard, considered by many one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Madagascar. It is definitely the right place for sportsmen because you can play beach
volleyball on the beach
.
We advise you to enjoy the splendid sunset over the ocean because you will have an unparalleled spectacle in front of you. If during the week this beach is very quiet, at the weekend it is full of tourists and residents who spend the day here.

  • Where it is: south of the island of Nosy Be, 8 km from Hell-Vill. From this city take the Route de l'Ouest and in 20 minutes you arrive in Madirokely - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, beach volleyball
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Nosy Be from € 48,00 per room -

8 - Nosy Sakatia

The beaches of this wild islet, near Nosy Be, are connected to each other through small paths in the heart of the forest. If you love the luxuriant nature and you would love to immerse yourself in pristine waters,
this is the place for you: once you arrive here, the quiet and relaxation will make you enjoy the beauty of the landscape. We advise you to opt for the beaches located in the north-west and south-east because they are certainly the most beautiful.

  • Where it is: it is located in front of the island of Nosy Be from which you take a boat and in ten minutes you will reach Nosy Sakata - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Nosy Be from € 48,00 per room -

9 - Nosy Komba

Again it is a wild islet, called the island of lemurs, and is located near Nosy Be. Its beaches are surrounded by wild nature and are ideal for those looking for relaxation and silence in their holiday, away from the most crowded places. In addition, walking on the island you can visit the small fishing villages and learn about their history and traditions.

  • Where it is: near the island of Nosy Be; once you arrive in Anfiky you need to take a pirogue or a fast boat to Nosy Komba - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Nosy Be from € 48,00 per room -

10 - Emerald Sea

This beach, so nicknamed for its emerald sea, is located in the bay of Diego Suarez, north of Madagascar. Its expanse of clear water makes this beach one of the most beautiful in the world: once here it is difficult to want to go back! Here it is possible to kitesurf and of course diving. Furthermore, the shallow and sandy seabed allows everyone to enjoy the beauty of this sea.

  • Where it is: Diego Suarez bay. To get to the beach you have to take a boat from here
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling and kitesurfing
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana) from € 39,00 per room -

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: tropical with rains on the east coast, dry heat in the south west and mild in the mountainous areas. Temperatures vary from area to area although in general all year round temperatures are around 30 °. In the north of the island, in Antsiranana, the rains are abundant only from December to March, while on the north-west coast, rainfall is less abundant. Furthermore, in Nosy Be, one of the favorite destinations for beach lovers, the sea temperature is high for all twelve months of the year, remaining on average around 27 °.
  • Best time: September-October because excessive heat, cyclones, rains and even cold are avoided
  • Period to avoid: June-August because it is rainy on the east coast and cold in the mountains

Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip: interactive map + info on flights, hotels and tours

we advise not to go out alone at night in villages or cities and do not take public transport at night.
Furthermore, always carry your passport and identity documents with you because public officials often carry out checks on tourists.
Avoid walking alone, let the drivers accompany you. In Madagascar there are 4 main railway lines, several km of mostly degraded roads. To move around the cities you can use private taxis or taxi-be.
Madagascar is a destination for all wallets: with a few euros (local ariary) you can visit several cities. For example, you can find Spartan hotels starting at € 5,00 or € 10,00-20,00 maximum for better hotels. For this reason it is easy to find cheap accommodation: we obviously recommend staying in the resort for the total safety of your children as well.
Finally, in Madagascar there are several direct connections from Italy with flights to the airports of Tulear, Antananarivo, Sambava, Sainte-Marie, Morondava and others.

  • starting from € 518,22 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 20,00 per room -
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