Have you ever looked at the horizon on Cottesloe Beach and wondered “what’s over there?” Answer is another beautiful island, Madagascar. Madagascar is an unknown destination for Australia.
Madagascar is the result of a subtle and mysterious crossroad between Africa and Asia. Culturally diverse with breathtaking unspoiled landscapes, Madagascar exceeds the expectations of its most demanding visitors whether in adventure tourism or culture or sporting or bathing.
5 Reasons to visit Madagascar
1. OFF-THE BEATEN-TRACK KITE DESTINATION
Authentic, breath-taking, uncommon, surprising, so many adjectives that well describes the experience Madagascar. The destination is literally booming in the Kiteboarding industry. The South East of Madagascar is where the short documentary “Antandroy” has been realized. In the North, Diego Suarez town has one of the largest and most beautiful Bay in the world. Famous for its sugar loaf, Diego Suarez bay is the number one destination for kitesurfing in Madagascar. Wild & unspoiled site, excellent weather conditions. The stunning colour of the Emerald sea stands up Madagascar as a heavenly destination. Charlotte Consorti during her stay in Diego Suarez– Triple World Speed Champion of Kitesurf
2. A SMALL CONTINENT ON A LARGE ISLAND
The wealth on offer means that Madagascar cannot be confined to simple clichés, and has its place among leading travel choices. From the swell of the Indian Ocean to the calm of the west coast, from the northern ‘arrowhead’ to the almost perfect ‘bow’ of the south coast, no two sites are alike. In terms of civilisation, the Malagasy have also succeeded in cultivating the diversity handed down from their distant migrant roots, which sometimes makes the Great Island a mystery country lying somewhere between Africa and Asia. That’s what is so intriguing, attractive and seductive about it.
3. NATURE RARELY FOUND ELSEWHERE
Madagascar’s leading tourist product is nature, 80% of the wildlife and 90% of its plants being endemic. For instance, Australia has kangaroos or koalas, Madagascar has lemurs. There is about a hundred species of lemurs, and they are all endemic to Madagascar. We can choose birdwatching to illustrate again the excitement nature can generate. Birdwatchers may travel long distances, they observe, take photos, list, record and are not bothered about going out into the forest at night. When the passion for nature has you in its grip!
4. A LAND FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Should we thank erosion? In one sense yes, since it has chiselled out these masterpieces known as Isalo, Bemaraha, and many others that are so many strong arguments for visiting these destinations. But there is another sort of erosion which is calculated not in tens of millions of years, but in generations at risk, resulting from man’s unconsciously suicidal pressure on his own environment. Sustainable tourism is more than a passing fad and is taking action against such destruction, thanks to ethics that unite visitors and their hosts. In Madagascar it is now very present, better understood, and centres for it are springing up all over the regions.
5. SEAS FOR EVERYONE
With 5,000 km of coastline, Madagascar is synonymous with vast stretches of sea with seas and coastlines for all tastes. Malagasy waters are a wealth of recreational activities for enthusiasts, from scuba-diving in some of the world’s most beautiful spots to sailing from island to island on yachts, and humpback whale-watching from July to September. Several destinations in one? So goes Madagascar and its “tourisms”. See you soon!