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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 their environment.
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.
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 16h30.
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.
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.