Manafiafy is 2 hrs 30 mins drive from Fort Dauphin. You drive through plantations of mango, citrus, pineapples and bananas to the ocean coast and Manafiafy. Situated on a beautiful white sandy bay, fringed with forest covered mountains, the lodge offers barefoot luxury with wildlife and water on our doorstep. Enjoy the location of the lodge in the later afternoon, as the sunsets over the bay.
Some of the options include: Canoeing in the mangroves, early morning boat trips forwetland birding, day and night walks in the rain forest to see five species of lemur, snorkeling in the bay and nearby cove, whale watching from the 15ft observation tower (June to December). Boat trips to the nearby islands, for a secluded picnic lunch, walks along long empty beaches, visits to the local village and school.
Optional activities, payable locally at the lodge include: massage treatments, whale watching boat trips (June to December), deep sea fishing trips.
Forest walks are the main reason for visiting this part of the island and those accessible from Manafiafy are “Littoral” rain forests – shady dense vegetation with a high degree of humidity and home to several Lemurs (collared brown, woolly, brown mouse, dwarf and sportive) as well as reptiles, spiders, birds, insects and orchids. Walks can be done at any time of the day and early evening, and are always accompanied by a Manafiafy guide.
The rocks, islands and bays surrounding Manafiafy provide endless opportunities for exploring and within a short boat ride it is possible to find deserted beaches, scout for whales, or snorkel in the crystal clear water viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish. There is always something to do at Manafiafy and each excursion provides its own reward of new experiences unique to the island of Madagascar.