Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but north of Ambodifotatra lies three-quarters of the island. In terms of accommodation, almost all is on the west coast, which is more sheltered from cyclones. There is a good paved road to the northern tip, after which the road down the eastern side gets rough, and the real adventure begins.
It will take several enjoyable hours, but you can drive all the way to the Piscine Naturelle d’Ambodiatafana, a natural pool at the northeastern tip of the island, where there are some basic bungalows. The Fanilo Albrand lighthouse lies to the southwest. From the ridge, Maroantsetra and Baie d’Antongil are sometimes visible.