PIRATE ISLAND ÎLE SAINTE-MARIE
White beaches, palm trees, coral reefs, dolphins, whales and just barely any mermaids… It is no wonder that this tropical island was a pirate’s nest in the 18th century. With a bit of luck, during your visit to Île Sainte-Marie Island, you will dig up one of the looted pirate treasures that, according to rumours and myths, should still be there. The beautiful place was a base for pirates until the 18th century because of the nearby trade routes. The pirate history is still very tangible and the spooky pirate cemetery is a witness to this.
Île Sainte-Marie is located on the east coast of Madagascar and is also called Nosy Boraha. With white beaches, palm trees, coral reefs, dolphins and whales, the picture is not yet complete. The Île Sainte-Marie paradise also has clove trees, vanilla plantations and even rice fields! Agriculture plays a big role on this island. Taste the different spices, herbs and fruits at the market in Ambodifotratra. Ambodifotratra is the largest city on Île Sainte-Marie and has the oldest Catholic church in Madagascar.
SPOTTING HUMPBACK WHALES
Off the coast are the most colourful coral reefs, which are great for snorkelling or diving. Every year in July, August and September, humpback whales swim around here with their newborn babies. A must see if you are on Île Sainte-Marie around this time! The north of Île Sainte-Marie has authentic fishing villages. Fishermen go out to sea in a traditional pirogue. Join them for a day of fishing for your own dinner, discover the mangroves and spread your towel at one of the hidden moon-shaped bays!