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The treasures of Nosy Boraha (aka St. Mary's) Island


A retreat for lovers of the Indian Ocean, Nosy Boraha is a haven of tranquillity.

Unspoilt by mass tourism, this tropical oasis has an authentic feeling. With its vast forests, wild landscapes, sandy beaches, and coral reefs, Nosy Boraha manages to charm its visitors. During your stay, take the time to learn about the history of the island: it was formerly populated by crooked seamen, and the past is preserved via ‘the pirate cemetery', a visible remnant of this era.

The island is also known for the many humpback whales that meet here every year, offering a striking spectacle of water jets from blowholes and breath-taking jumps. Walk through the small port of Ambodifototra or visit the village of Ambatoroa where weaving penjy, a local vegetable fibre, remains an artisanal specialty. And for a dive in the turquoise waters, try a canoe outing to the island of Nattes, at the southern tip.

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