Who doesn’t love beach holiday – the chance to bronze yourself until even your grandmother doesn’t recognise you, sip cocktails to your heart’s content or to simply enjoy a good book. When people think of the best beach destinations in and around Africa, places like Mauritius, Zanzibar and Cape Town come to mind. But what if we were to tell you that the best beach destinations of Africa actually lie just off the continent? Madagascar, is home to more kilometres of seafront than any other African nation, with amazing hidden gems of white sand beaches.
Manafiafy is one of the smaller, lesser known beaches of Madagascar, situated on the South East coast of the island on a sheltered, forest-fringed bay. It’s ideal for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of your typical holiday resort. There is one small hotel, the Mahafaly Beach & Rainforest Lodge, which offers a wide range of beach activities including whale watching, snorkeling and canoeing.
As one of the smallest tourist islands that surrounds Madagascar, Tsarabanjina has to be one of the most scenic islands in the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by crystal clear water, and only accessible via boat, the island has just one lodge which is the epitome of barefoot luxury. The island is roughly 40 kilometers from Nosy be.