Welcome to Baie d’Antongil & Masoala Peninsula
In February 2015, with the support of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Madagascan government declared the Baie d'Antongil a marine sanctuary to protect 19 shark species and fishing rights for local communities. The remote bay lies north of Soanierana-Ivongo; its boundaries stretch from Mananara around Maroantsetra to the Masoala Peninsula, forming a deep blue U teeming with fish and surrounded by mountainous forest. Cut off from easy road access to the south, and with nothing but hiking trails elsewhere, this is a place whose only reliable contact with the outside world is the intermittent flights into Maroantsetra. As a result, there is a captivating sense of timelessness here, as if one has been flung back into 1950s Madagascar. Disconnected from the wheels of progress, one turns to the mountains, the sky, and the sea.