Sailing in Madagascar is becoming increasingly popular since Somali pirates appeared on the old route from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. Yahsmen moved the other way — around the Cape of Good Hope, further through Madagascar and on the Seychelles. However, many prefer to stay in the waters of the island, opened by the Venetian Marco Polo.
Madagascar Ports and Anchorages
The most convenient way is to moor on the north side of the island on the coast of Antsiranan. Here is a picturesque natural bay where you can dock at the pier or anchor. In a big old city on the shore, yachtsmen will find everything they need
for recreation, entertainment and refueling yachts. Nature lovers can head to the northwest end of the island in Nosy Hara National Park. A marina is being built in the park, where you can not only moor, but also make small repairs.
Going down the northwestern side of the island you can easily reach the island of Nossi-Be on a yacht — The main attraction of Madagascar. This place is developing rapidly and has become a real tourist mecca. Then there is another island Nossi-Borah, small, attracting with lush nature and clear water on the coast.
Madagascar’s main trading haven is located close to Nossi-Borah — Toamasin. A good place to stop, rest, restock products. Next is the next site, attracting history buffs — Taolanaro. Previously, the bay was called Port Dauphin and it was here that traces of the first settlement of the French who landed here in the 17th century remained.
Curious places in Madagascar
In most places along the coast of Madagskar, the yachts stop on buoys, so the place for night parking should be picked in advance. The distances between the islands are small and it is possible to spend one night on one island, and the second one — on the next.
It is worth taking the time to the Russian bay. Here in 1900, the 2nd Pacific Russian Squadron stopped, and since that time the bay has been called so. Here you can find a great shelter in any weather.
Nearby on the island of Nosy Iranya, it’s worth exploring the historic site — the lighthouse, built according to the plan of the engineer Eiffel, dive on a coral reef and go on. Space for a long anchorage near the island is small.
You can stay in the bay near the island of Nosy Tanikeli, where the Tanikeli Reserve is located. You can not stop here for the night. On the island of Nosy Be, you should visit the city of El Ville to see the sacred tree to which the royal family of Madagascar brings gifts.
Moving around Madagascar on a yacht, you should not rely on entertainment familiar to Europeans. There are great places for diving, original villages of local people, lush nature and lots of sunshine &smdash; the main wealth of the islanders.