MADAGASCAR is an island nation off the SE coast of Africa and is home to 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, 80% of which are found nowhere else on earth. They include the lemur, the carnivorous fossa (mongoose), three bird families and six baobab (tree) species. The island offers diverse and spectacular scenery: mountains, deserts, rainforests, dazzling beaches fringing the Indian Ocean and island archipelagos linked by coral reefs and clear turquoise waters.
The number of yachts coming through Madagascar is on the increase, with the island attracting a greater number of tourists to its resorts and the authorities encouraging improved services. The most attractive ports and anchorages are on the NW coast where Antseranana ( formerly known as Diego Suarez) has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a beautiful natural harbour. Further along the coast is Madagascar’s prime attraction, the picturesque island of Nossi-Be, now a thriving tourist resort and facilities for yachts are increasing.
Captain’s log: Madagascar – Cruising Madagascar