Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

Tamatave (Toamasina)

Madagascar's most important seaport, Tamatave is a hot, dusty and chaotic town full of decaying colonial buildings, roadside markets and throngs of pousse-pousse carts. The emphasis is on commerce, not tourism, apart from being an important transit point.

There are some bright spots amid the fading architecture if you know where to find them, meaning that you can have a good time here for a day or two. It’s a convenient spot to break the journey between Antananarivo and Île Sainte Marie, or to organise a trip down the Canal des Pangalanes.

Explore Tamatave (Toamasina)

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Tamatave (Toamasina).


Purchase our award-winning guidebooks

Get to the heart of Tamatave (Toamasina) with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.