Rain forests with their deep green treetops, rare orchids, and exotic fauna shape the east of Madagascar.

Another site along the east coast is the 600 km long Pangalanes canal. It replaces the road here in this remote area, and on its waters goods are transported just like in the old times by pirogue. A boat trip on the canal will let you experience the everyday life of the locals, and leave you with deep impressions.

Off the coast in the east, you’ll find the enchanting islands of Sainte Marie and the Ile aux Nattes on its southern tip. You can swim here in the crystal clear waters, or relax on the white coral sand beaches. Off Sainte Marie island or in the bay of Antongil, you can also see the spectacle of passing humpback whales from July to September.

Be prepared for some tropical rain showers in the east.