A tropical Indian Ocean island with world-famous wildlife and a real sense of adventure. Madagascar is absolutely unique. You’ll find baobab trees, sandstone canyons, red deserts, green rainforests, thick rice paddies and exotic islands, sometimes all in one day! It’s a very off the beaten path destination that doesn’t receive many visitors. Half the fun is getting there and Madagascar does not currently have many places that will satisfy your demands for comfort - Miavana is the exception. But what an adventure! For those who dare, a few places in Madagascar are quite simply some of the ultimate destinations on earth.
Getting here and around
Travelling to paradise isn’t easy and getting there is the reason most people don’t seriously consider Madagascar as their holiday destination. There are Air France flights between Paris and Antananarivo, but you’ll need to overnight upon arrival before flying onwards to the country’s more interesting destinations in the north. Nosy Be is a better entry point and you can fly here from Mauritius or Reunion Island. Helicopters and domestic flights are best for getting around.
Climate & seasons
September to December is a good period to travel, before the January to March rains, which sometimes arrive in the form of cyclones. April to June can also be quite wet, but July and August are also good times to travel. In general the climate is tropical, with warm days and high humidity.
Where to go
Miavana is one of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive beach holiday destinations. It’s a huge private Indian Ocean island for less than 50 guests, with a level of luxury to rival the very best resorts in the Maldives. Beyond Miavana we’re seeing a handful of other hotel developments, on untouched islands and beaches, but they don’t yet come close to Miavana. So we recommend either a one destination holiday or combining Miavana with a few days of real adventure on the mainland.
What to do
Dive and snorkel into a remarkable world. Helicopter low above migratory humpback whales. Walk through forests dominated by lemurs. Create the only footprints on an empty white-sand beach. All this in just a day spent at Miavana. Madagascar is an Indian Ocean island so there’s a lot of relaxation to enjoy. Where it differs from other islands is the level of adventure and exploration on offer.