TO SAINTE MARIE ISLAND
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
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
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
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 day excursion.
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 is excellent.
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 (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
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.
MARIE ISLAND EXCURSIONS
Below are a few excursions to make your holiday that much
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 with lunch):
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.