TRAVEL TO SAINTE
Travel to the Island of Madagascar and be one of the few to explore
this new & exciting mystical island.
tropical island generally enjoys warm sunny weather most of
the year with occasional tropical thunder storms. With secluded
beaches, soft white sand, warm weather, swaying palms and lush
vegetation Sainte Marie has for three centuries remained the
perfect example of a pristine tropical island. It’s ideal for
honeymoon couples or anybody looking for a romantic get away.
accommodation is in small privately owned beach hotels offering
between 6 to 25 rooms. Accommodation is basic but clean and
comfortable with en suite bathrooms and hot water.
is usually continental and dinner has a Malagasy & French
touch with sea food featuring most evenings.
August and September, hump-backed whales migrate here and are
a huge attraction as they frolic in the calm seas with there
young. Hump back whales are well known for their aerobatics
and make for excellent entertainment. A trip across the channel
to Iles aux Nattes is a must, offering some of the best beaches
and snorkelling on the island.
SAINTE MARIE ACCOMMODATION
Below we offer an idea of Sainte Marie Island, hotels and costs.
Bora Lodge is only a short transfer from the airport by traditional
oxcart (cars are available for the less adventurous!) The hotel
offers an excellent restaurant specialising in seafood and French
cuisine. The bungalows are tastefully decorated and spacious
with private bathrooms. 6 deluxe bungalows, which accommodate
up to 4 people and 9 comfort bungalows for one couple. All rooms
have a safe, fan and private veranda.
include a bar and pool. Whale safaris are offered by boat.
Scientists studying whales stay at Princesse Bora during the
whale season and offer guests a chance to participate in their
research, which can be a thrilling highlight contrasting a
relaxing holiday. Snorkelling & Scuba diving can be arranged,
bicycles, motor bikes and 4x4 trip are available for hire
hotel has been completely rebuilt as a modern beach front holiday
hotel. It is conveniently situated close to the airport, offers
26 large & spacious deluxe rooms over looking the beach.
Each large and spacious room includes, coffee making facilities,
bar fridge, wall safe, hair dryer, clothes line, clothes drying
rack on patio, TV, telephone, etc.
Hotel facilities include a large swimming pool & bar,
snack bar, room service, tennis court, billiard table, Kayaks,
conference room, boutique shop, baby sitting service and an
excellent restaurant offering breakfast buffet and meals a
la carte, spa with facials & nail treatments. Free Wi-Fi
is also available in the main lounge / pool area.
Hotel offers 4x4 excursions, bicycle and motorbike hire, whale
safaris by boat, table tennis and games room. There is a large
fabulous swimming pool perfect for watching the sunset while
sipping a cocktail. Soanambo Hotel has a restaurant on the
smaller island of Ile Aux Nattes and offer boat excursions
to the smaller Island including an excellent lunch. A lovely
Hotel is the most modern and comfortable hotel on Sainte Marie
Island - highly recommended.
Lodge is situated in the centre of the island on the west coast,
about 35 km from the airport. (45 minute drive). Accommodation
consists of 12 comfortable eco bungalows with en suite bathrooms
and 6 bungalow-suites deluxe with two rooms.
include: restaurant and bar, beach bar offering BBQ, safe
& telephone at reception, boutique and theme evenings.
All bungalows are private and have their own verandas facing
the sea. Star attractions are the pretty and secluded private
beach, large private pool, outside bar and entertainment area.
charming lodge is situated on a hill with incredible views
across the sea and in the whale season the whale watching
Ravoraha Hotel, they actually take a keen interest on helping
the environment by reducing their carbon footprint via various
methods. Everything has been designed to make your holiday as
comfortable and relaxing as possible. Allow yourself to be seduced
into the Madagascan laid-back way of enjoyment with their delightful
philosophy of “mora mora” or gently gently.
keep you in the relaxed mood soothing massages are also available.
In front of the hotel, a soft white sandy beach lined with
swaying palm trees stretches for several kilometers. Protected
by the coral reef from the surging ocean making it safe to
swim for all age groups. The staff is at your disposal to
organize your various pleasures; you can fish, hiking, mountain
bike, motorbike hire, quad bike hire, visits to the Pirate
cemetery and nearby Zoo, canoeing, diving, snorkeling and
in season enjoy a boat based whale safari (June-September).
total of 8 elegantly furnished en-suite chalets, two of which
are family rooms, all near the beach. The hotel is situated
within 10 minutes from Sainte Marie Island airport.
Village is a private little French owned resort. The French
owner, Arno, fell in love with the resort while on holiday from
France, made an offer and never return to France - he is very
passionate about Boraha Village and is dedicated to sharing
his excitement with his guests. Every thing is personalised
just for you. Arno will share his menu with you and prepare
just what you want. Your satisfaction is Arno's happiness.
Village, on the east coast of the island of Sainte Marie in
Madagascar, in the middle of lush vegetation with a vast lagoon
at your feet. Welcome to a privileged destination for heavenly
holidays. Our 15 bungalows with a private terrace overlooking
the sea are scattered in a vast tropical park. Built with
Rosewood and traditional materials, they fit perfectly into
prime location to enjoy the view of the lagoon discover the
island of Sainte Marie, hiking, cycling, motorcycling or by
quad. The island of many treasures has plenty of beaches,
enjoy fishing, visit the pirate cemetery and Zoo, snorkel
or scuba dive and a visit to the little island of Ile Aux
Nattes can all be in your activity program. Discuss all your
desires with your French host. Boraha Village has two boats
and the use of them is encouraged.
La Petite Traversee is situated on Ile Aux Nattes, a beautiful
little island off the southern tip of Sainte Marie Island and
is separated from the latter by a narrow channel crossed by
pirogue. With its crystal clear waters and soft white sand,
the island is an absolute paradise of tranquillity. The hotel
serves a Malagasy/South African menu and offers a well stocked
local and international bar.
spotless en-suite bungalows are typical Malagasy "island-style"
and are luxurious with imported South African mattresses etc
yet, extremely affordable. Your host, Okkie, will make sure
you get a good farm house English breakfast to start your
day. Depending on Okkie's supply you may even enjoy some Boerewors
sausage with your breakfast ! Your host has his own South
African built deep sea fishing boat and would love to take
you out into the deep blue fishing grounds. Over night fishing
trips are also offered by prior arrangement. No roads, no
cars, total peace & tranquillity on a laid back Paradise
island - what more could you ask for?
main island of St Marie's vegetation, is characterized by
the many orchids, mango trees, strongly fragranced badamiers
and deserted pristine beaches overhung by coconut palms, conjuring
images of the Garden of Eden. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity
of the island, sight-see, swim, snorkel, or visit the world’s
only Pirate Cemetery. Divers can explore the eight wrecks
which surround St Marie or one can sit and watch the whales
which make their way to Sainte Marie Island during July and
September to mate and calf.
SAINTE MARIE ISLAND
Below are a few excursions to make your holiday that much more enjoyable
You will be collected by a traditional pirogue from
the hotel. 30 minute transfer through the crystal clear lagoon to Ile
Aux Nattes. Your guide will take you on a tour of the small island introducing
you to the endemic flora and fauna. Visit the small villages in the
interior and climb to the summit of the island to the old Blévec
lighthouse. On your return you will walk along the beaches on the west
coast and stop for a picnic or lunch at a local restaurant. Swim and
snorkel and walk back to the northern point of the island from where
you will be transferred to the hotel by pirogue. Back at the hotel around
Aux Sables (Day excursion
Leave by speedboat around 09h00 and arrive an hour later
at the sandy atoll surrounded by crystal water, full of shells and coral
reefs. A paradise for those who like snorkelling and photography. Umbrellas
will be set up and you are free to snorkel around the magnificent reef.
Picnic on the sand bank. Charter fishing possible but at extra costs.
Back at the hotel around 15h00.
Your Freedom - Hire a motor bike or automatic scooter
for the day. Explore the little town, Pirate Graves, Botanical Gardens
and Zoo or just head off to some quiet and secluded beach and take your
time exploring. Most hotels will arrange a picnic lunch for you.
Eastern trail to Ampanihy (Day
excursion with lunch):
Leave the hotel early and drive by 4x4 to Anafiafy.
30 minute walk to Ampanihy from where we will embark by pirogue through
mangroves to the magnificent Ampanihy peninsula. This peninsula is completely
virgin territory and the beaches are untouched. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling
in the crystal clear water. Seafood picnic on the beach. Drive back
to your hotel on the southeast road and visit the vanilla, pepper, cinnamon
and clove plantations. Back at the hotel around 18h00 in time for sunset.
Cemetery (½ day
excursion without lunch):
Drive to the capital of Sainte Marie Island, Ambodifotatra
and hike along the lagoon for 20 minutes to the Pirate Cemetery. At
high tide the transfer will be done by pirogue. Back in Ambodifotatra
visit the former French colonial governor’s house on the small island
Ilot Madame and the first Catholic church of Madagascar, which was constructed
in 1837, on the outskirts of the town. Short city tour and transfer
back to the hotel.
Whales are off the coast of Sainte Marie Island between
July & September to calf and mate again. Your hotel can arrange
a boat trip out to see these gentle giants of the sea up close as they
frolic in the calm waters feeding their young offspring.