The small village of Andasibe is worth the detour for its western allure and its pretty wooden houses. It is the entrance to one of the most visited National Park of Madagascar, Andasibe-Mantadia.
If there is a Garden of Eden nearby, it is probably here. The Palmarium, a private nature reserve located on a 50 ha peninsula, is like a "personal collection" as the different species of plants and animals have been carefully collected and cared for with passion. We discover many things: a wide variety of palm trees, xerophyte plants, beautiful acacias with yellow flowers, spectacular lianas and...lemurs.
Toamasina is the first commercial port on the island. The city is ideal for discovering the "joys" of tropical rains: the downpours that fall here rarely stop. And in the rain, hundreds of rickshaws, on foot or by bike, crisscross this provincial town, with a small colonial charm. Tamatave has the reputation of the big ports: the sailors, the lightly dressed girls and the restaurants.
Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha)
North of Tamatave is Sainte-Marie Island, a wonderful place worthy of a postcard. Its west coast, sheltered from bad weather, is welcoming to humpback whales who come to give birth there. The beaches are superb in the north-east, the interior of the island very tropical and the atmosphere is very laid back.