Introducing The Pangalanes Canal
The Canal des Pangalanes is a collection of natural rivers and artificial lakes that stretches approximately 600km along the east coast from Toamasina to Farafangana, although it’s only navigable from just north of Mananjary. More than its rather dull scenery, the canal’s charm comes from the procession of boats of all shapes and sizes on its waters, and the small villages on the banks. Here you can stop to see eels drying in the sun, visit local coffee factories, or talk with fishermen mending their wooden pirogues under the trees.
The best times to tour the Canal des Pangalanes are from March to May and September to December.