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The crossing here is dangerous, as the boats exit a shallow river mouth with incoming breaking waves. There have been several fatal accidents in recent years.
The danger is particularly pronounced between June and September, when water levels are low and the weather is bad – often boats don't run at all at this time. Thus our warning: travellers on a tight schedule, who are not otherwise driving the coast road, should consider flying from Tamatave to Île Sainte Marie, even if it is more expensive. Otherwise you risk spending several days in what is definitely not paradise waiting for the weather to clear. Having said that, if the weather complies, it is a pretty and inexpensive trip.