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Introducing Sambava

Sambava is a sprawling beach town set between the sea and the soaring Marojejy Massif on Madagascar’s rugged northeastern coast about halfway between Maroantsetra and Antsiranana. The town is nothing special in itself, but makes a good base for exploring the surrounding area, which produces coffee and cloves as well as vanilla. If you want to swim off Sambava’s beaches (which are long and sandy, but hot and blustery) inquire locally about sharks and currents.

All major banks have branches in Sambava and you might find yourself using them more often than expected, as everything in Sambava is fairly expensive compared with other towns in the region.

Best (88 922 48; best.sambava@wanadoo.mg; Rte Principale; per min Ar200), 100m from Hôtel Paradise, has internet access.