Sainte Marie

Island, Original culture, aqua sports, Sainte Marie (East coast)

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3 Days – 2 Nights

L’île de Sainte – Marie, or St. Mary’s Island as it is known in English, became a popular base for pirates throughout the 17th and 18th centuries due to several reasons: it was not far from the maritime routes along which ships returning from the Indies sailed in transit, their holds overflowing with wealth, it was provided with bays and creeks protected from storms and finally, it had abundant fruit and was situated in quiet water.

The insular character of the place and the particularities of the coralline soil encouraged various adaptations, as much on animal as on plant structure, leading to unique interrelations. Thus, Sainte Marie is endowed with a very rich fauna and flora. You can meet here among other species several types of lemurs as well as a multitude of orchids, among which is the magnificent Queen of Madagascar (Eulophiella roempleriana). The island was the only place where the magnificent Delalande’s Coua, a non-parasitic cuckoo, was known to occur; this species became extinct in the late 19th century, probably due to predation by feral cats

The channel between Sainte-Marie Island and Madagascar is a hot spot for whale watching. Substantial groups of humpback whales (Megaptera) migrate from the Antarctic to this idyllic breeding place. These quiet giants find conditions here that are favorable for the growth of their young and well suited to their courtship and acrobatic games before their big return toward the cold seas.

A la demande

PROGRAM

D1 : ANTANANARIVO - SAINTE MARIE

– Transfer from hotel to the airport to take the flight to Sainte Marie.

– Meeting and assistance – transfer to the hotel. Free at leisure

– Accommodation on bed and breakfast

D2 : SAINTE MARIE

– Free of leisure: aqua sports, Excursions & tours, cruise

– Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast

D3 : SAINTE MARIE - ANTANANARIVO

– Transfer from the hotel to airport to take the flight back to Tana

– Meeting and assistance / transfer to your hotel in Tana

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