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Top Choice French in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Piment Banane

You wouldn’t expect to find a sophisticated brasserie in Tamatave, but we are in the land of exceptions. And exceptional is how to describe this chic place, from the stylish decor to the innovative cuisine to the ex…
National Park in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc National Analamazaotra

This is the most popular park within Parc National Andasibe Mantadia. The real draw of this reserve is the rare indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur, whose unforgettable wail can be heard emanating from the misty fores…
National Park in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc National de Mantadia

Part of the Parc National Andasibe Mantadia, this park is located about 17km north of Andasibe. Created primarily to protect the indri, Mantadia also hosts the black-and-white ruffed lemur. A quiet, beautiful area w…
Cemetery in South of Ambodifotatra

Cimetière des Pirates

This is a fascinating spot from which to contemplate the history of the island. The cemetery overlooks the Baie de Forbans just south of Ambodifotatra, the perfect pirate hang-out, and smells of a very different era…
Zoo in North of Tamatave

Parc Zoologique Ivoloina

The Parc Zoologique Ivoloina (ee-va-la-ween) is a very well-run zoo and botanical garden set on a lovely lake just north of Tamatave. Visitors can enjoy four walking trails with booklets in English, a snack bar, and…
International in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Le Bateau Ivre

This sprawling beachfront enterprise manages to do everything well. There is a central restaurant and bar, beach bar with BBQ, hamburger bar, pizza oven, 25m swimming pool, and even beach volleyball. Beneath the cen…
Museum in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Musée du Port

The small university museum at the entrance to the port constitutes barely 2½ rooms of farming tools, fishing implements, archaeological finds and tribal charms, along with poster displays on deforestation and local…
Nature Reserve in Lac Ampitabe (Akanin’ny Nofy)

Palmarium Reserve

This private reserve next to Palmarium Hotel on Lac Ampitabe is a great place to test your inner guide. There are 500,000 sq m of dense forest cut with wide trails, and seven species of lemur to spot, including Coqu…
Parade in Ambodifotatra

Whale Festival

If you're on Île Sainte Marie during the first two weeks of July, you can't miss the Whale Festival. It's a huge event that takes place just as the humpback whales arrive: there's a big parade, games, stalls, exhibi…
International in Tamatave (Toamasina)

La Véranda

A popular choice for French expats and visitors thanks to its wide-ranging menu of European, Chinese and Madagascan dishes and very reasonable prices. The three-course set menu (Ar15,000) changes daily and is far to…