Various and numerous excursions are available in Sainte Marie Island
such as sightseeing of the island by bicycle and by foot ( to see the Pirates Cemetery, the Albrand lighthouse, the small Ilot-Madame which is connected to Ambodifotatra on the North and to Belle vue on the South by two causeways, the first catholic church in Madagascar inaugurated in 1857, the Cocoteraie Beach at the extreme North of the island ) ; the Creek Beach ( lovely coconut rimmed beach with a nice point of view of the region ) ; Ile aux Nato ( one of the best sandy beach of Sainte Marie island, for snorkelling with wonderful coral reefs and colorful fishes species, but also with sea urchins ; local alcohol manufacturing, the - Betsabetsa -, walking to the old Albrand lighthouse through cloves plantations and through mango trees, fern trees and the rarely purple orchid, the Eulophiella roempleriana a pandanus épiphyte ) ; Ampanihy Bay ( in the East part of Sainte Marie island, etc. ).
For these excursions you need one full day ore more. With wooden canoe and through zigzag small rivers, you discover a peaceful atmosphere in a tropical mangrove. Between mud and aerial roots, you can see crabs, hermit crabs and amphibian fishes. Very quiet place, it's Ampanihy Bay, you just hear away the sound of barrier reef waves.
Madagascar a wonderland for nature lovers
Ampanihy Bay : perhaps, it's a place like the others with nothing special to mention, but my wife and I have a sentimental attachment for it : it was the place of our Honeymoon in December 1999. With our kindest regards to Hélène, the Manager of PARADIS D'AMPANIHY Hotel and to Olga ( for her advice ). Thanks alot also too to Francisca Massou for his help.
You go there with a vehicle or with a little motorboat ( but we've gone there by foot from the Creek Beach ), following the East sea side, then through mangroves pleasant forest ( see the picture above ). Shallow seas , superb stretch of sand with coconut rimmed beaches, emerald water.
But also vanilla-coffee-clove plantations and little vanilla manufacturing near Anafiafy village ( flowers and pollination are in December and January ; harvest time in May and June and preparation the months after ).