• Anakao

    The perfect paradise to relax off the beaten track, Anakao is our favourite of the southwest Islands. Historically a fishing village, it is generally less travelled than the northern coast of the island. Completely relax as your trip comes to an end, or if with your last remaining energy, take on the waves with some kitesurfing or explore the depths with some diving!

Fishing Village

Anakao is located 50 kilometres south of Tulear, a quaint fishing village accessible by boat. The 1-hour journey will take you past the mangroves, white dunes and of course the local fishermen hard at work filling their traditional canoes with the catch of the day. A wonderful destination to relax in relative isolation and enjoy the beautiful coastline for a few days.

The Surrounding islands

Nosy Ve and Nosy Santrana are 2 uninhabited islands that you can visit by boat from Anakao. Off Nosy Ve island is a marine reserve offering a memorable snorkelling experience as you explore the underwater rainbow that exists in this coral reef; maybe even spot some stingrays, parrotfish, turtles, clownfish and scorpionfish. Historically Nosy Ve has served as a hideout for pirates and was used as a slaver’s port, but today it is home to a unique colony of red-tailed tropicbirds.

The Vezo People

The traditional lifestyle of the Vezu people has been uniquely preserved in Anakao due to the island’s relative isolation. A sub-clan of the Sakalava people, Vezo means ‘fishing people’ and they are known as skilled fishermen and excellent boatmen. The sea is considered sacred and their canoes, while beautiful, are not made for comfort but function, with both men and women taking part in fishing. The island doesn’t receive a large number of tourists, but those who do visit are met with hospitality and kindness.

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