TROPICAL SCENES AND UNSPOILT BAYS
Beach, Meal included
A jeep tour along the coastal road to admire all the wonders of the large Diego Suarez Bay and the eastern coast, with heavenly deserted beaches, evocative panoramas and tropical vegetation. A plunge into the turquoise waters of the sea and a delicious lunch served directly on the beach complete this magical excursion.
What we will see
- Diego Suarez Bay
- Montagne des Français
- Village of Ramena
- Cap Miné Lighthouse
- Bay Of The Dunes
- Pigeons Bay
- Sakalava Bay
- Island of Nosy Lonjo
- Free time for shopping in Diego
What we will do
- Our local jeeps await us at the port, in which we will explore some of the most beautiful beaches in northern Madagascar.
- Travelling along the coast, we arrive at the foot of the Montagne des Français, so-called in honour of the French and Madagascan citizens who died opposing Vichy France, which was in alliance with the Nazis. Here we make a brief stop to take photographs of the magnificent baobab trees that grow in the area.
- Our next destination is the village of Ramena, a picturesque fishing village overlooking a beautiful white sandy beach lined with palm trees.
- We then continue towards the Cap Miné lighthouse at the mouth of the bay, where we stop to admire the incredible panorama. From here we can enjoy a 360-degree view that takes in the bay, the lagoon of the Emerald Sea, the Indian Ocean and the hinterland of northern Madagascar.
- A short distance from the lighthouse is the scenic Dune Bay, an unspoilt beach where the vegetation almost touches the sea and the remains of French fortifications still watch over the inlet.
- From here a brief, pleasant walk takes us to Pigeon Bay with its pure white sands protected from the wind.
- We then continue to Sakalava Bay, which boasts an enchanting beach where we stay for a while to swim and relax.
- A light lunch at a small restaurant on the beach gives us an opportunity to sample the local cuisine.
- On our return journey we stop at a panoramic viewpoint to admire the abandoned island of Nosy Lonjo, known as Pain de Sucre or Sugar Loaf, that juts out of the blue mirror of water in the bay where dolphins and turtles may be seen.
- Finally, we end our excursion with one last stop at in Diego for some shopping, before returning to the port.
What you need to know
- Transport and facilities in Madagascar are not necessarily of the standard usually found in developed countries.
- Given the large number of vehicles used, we cannot guarantee that a member of the ship’s crew will be on hand to assist with communication.
- The excursion does not feature guides but some local guides will assist groups providing information during the main stops. Guides in each language are available in limited numbers; if they are not available in English, they will be conducted in French.
- Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and to bring insect repellent.
- There are no bathroom facilities at the beaches.
- This excursion involves travelling over rough, unpaved roads in an off-road vehicle and, as such, is not recommended for guests who suffer from back problems.
- The excursion group will be accompanied by local guides who will provide descriptions and information at the points of greatest interest.
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
- Restaurants and toilets may be of local standards.
- The capacity for the jeeps is for 4 to 5 people. We cannot guarantee that families or groups of friends will be able to travel together in the same jeep.