About Sense of Oceans Madagascar

Sense of Oceans Madagascar, formerly known as Malagasy Tours, is an Incoming tour operator, travel specialist in Madagascar, based in Antananarivo. They offer their expertise and experience for circuit “à la carte” and customized trips.

The main asset of Sense of Oceans Madagascar, it’s these men and women that work together since 1994 to prepare your journey, to accompany you on roads and tracks, to share evenings around the campfire, to discuss about the journey and share their passion for the country. Whatever are your desires, discovery or relaxation trips, active or quiet holiday, engaged trekking or gentle hiking, ecotourism and theme trips, the team at Sense of Oceans Madagascar, always at your service, will offer high quality routes in strict accordance with your expectations. The responsiveness of their answers will surprise you!

Great specialists of trekking or hikes in Madagascar, their Malagasy guides are true professionals! They are of all trips from exploration to the realization. They travelled Madagascar in all direction, know every corner, they have “cousins” everywhere. They are tireless explorers and great traveling companions. For some years now, Madagascar has become a destination with the capacity to host Incentive trips for groups of 15 to 60 people, especially in Nosy Be. Sense of Oceans Madagascar has successfully organized these kind of tours in the past and is looking forward to receiving your requsts for this kind of business, too.

Tourist destination highlights

• Discover the amazing wildlife in the national parks and private reserves.

• Sail a catamaran in Nosy Be Island and surrounding islands for few days.

• Dive with whale-sharks in Nosy Be and discover the island of Nosy Iranja for a picnic on the edge of the lagoon.

• Observe humpback whales and enjoy Sainte Marie island, a charming little paradise in the Indian Ocean.

• Drive along the scenic Road National 7 through the highlands, the Isalo National Park up to the superb Ifaty lagoon.

• Trek the best spots of Madagascar such as Peak Boby, Andringitra, Isalo, Makay and enjoy the evenings with the local guides and porters.

• Experience an adventurous 4×4 trip in the remote areas of Madagascar, the real “off beaten roads”!

Sense of Oceans Madagascar

Sense of Oceans Madagascar

Olivier TOBOUL
VR54DN Ambohidraserika – Mahazoarivo

Tel: : + 261 34 49 627 24

Products & Services
• Family Travel
• Small Groups
• Honeymoons
• Themed Tours
• Trekking, Hiking & Adventure Tours
• Transfers & Excursions
• Incentives

Selected Tours
Private Flight Experiences – 7D6N
The Best Road Trip – 13D12N
The Scenic Road 7 – 8D7N
Trekking and Adventures – 16D15N
About Lemurs and Baobabs – 9D8N
Beach Stay – Nosy Be – 5D4N
Beach Stay – Sainte Marie – 5D4N
Highlights of South and North – 16D15N
Honeymoon at Nosy Komba – 7D6N

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Destination Overview

Madagascar, fourth largest island in the world, the island-continent is home to one of the most valuable mega biodiversity in the world. A large variety of landscapes between Equator and Tropic of Capricorn with Highlands at an altitude of 1500 m, the thorny desert of the Deep South, the rainforests on the East as well as 5000 km of coastline with dream beaches, cruising, sailing, and diving options. But it is the people with their radiant smiles that will remain in your memories and in your hearts. Still very little frequented, almost confidential, travelling in Madagascar remains a privilege.

Where do Malagasy people come from? When did Madagascar become populated? Some mysteries remain, but there are some certainties. It is from Asia, Indonesia, Polynesia that the first inhabitants of the island left. It was between the 10th and 13th centuries. A great crossbreeding followed with Arab and African contributions. The myth of the Vazimba, the original inhabitants of Madagascar, is still very much alive. Kings and queens succeeded one another for 4 centuries, the most famous one: Andrianampoinimerina who made the unity of Madagascar by decreeing that the sea is the limit of his rice field. As a French colony from 1900 to 1960, the country kept their language, part of its culture and strong economic relations. Today Madagascar is a republic of 25 million inhabitants led by a president elected every 5 years.

As far as religion is concerned, the island, although very basically animist, is mainly Christian with almost 50% of the population. On the coasts you can find the Muslims of Madagascar. Ancestor worship is highly practiced, highly respected and present in everyday life. The climatic seasons are simple: It rains from mid-December to the end of March with risks of cyclones. From April to end of November, it is the best time to travel to Madagascar. July and August are the winter months and it can be chilly in the early morning on the Highlands. The coasts are always warm and sunny.

Malagasy gastronomy is made of fresh products. The meat is more likely to be zebu, grilled or in sauce. Fish and seafood will delight you along the coasts. Tropical vegetables and fruits are always on the menu. But the invariable remains rice. From morning to evening, from north to south, it is rice that the Malagasy love. And to drink? Rum of course!

Nosy Be – The seaside spot par excellence with beautiful properties, sublime landscapes, charming neighbouring islands and a very relaxed atmosphere. Located in the Mozambique Channel, near the north-western coast of Madagascar, the island is also called Ambariobe (big island) by its inhabitants. Nosy Be holds a lot of surprises in store for visitors. Forests with exceptional fauna and flora, the Lokobe Park and some volcanic lakes. It is also the ideal starting point for boat tours to neighbouring islands or the Madagascan west coast with its numerous small fishing villages.

Ranomafana National Park – Located in the south-eastern part of the island, this is the country’s most popular national park. The landscape in the eastern part of the park is the most scenic, covered by densely forest hills, traversed by countless streams. Numerous birds, butterflies, bats and lemurs are living in this park, which of one is the endangered bamboo lemur.

Andasibe-Mantadia  – Split into two areas, the Mantadia National Park and the Analamazoatra Reserve, this national park is located near to Madagascar’s capital city. The forests of Andasibe-Mantadia impress with moist moss, ferns, trees of impressive heights and more than a hundred species of orchids that bloom between September and January. The unbeaten highlight, however, is the country’s largest lemur, the Indri.

Ile Sainte Marie  – This paradise island in the heart of the Indian Ocean is a former pirate’s hideaway. Several wracks of pirate ships can still be viewed from the shallow waters. One can also enjoy a regenerating bath in the islands sea water basins, created by the rocky barriers. Moreover, the island offers dreamy beaches, forest trails, as well as exceptional diving spots. Also, it is a place for humpback whales that come to breed and to give birth during the mating season.

Royal Hill of Ambohimanga – Considered one of the most sacred places in the country for 500 years, this is a historic village where the kings of Madagascar once lived. It is surrounded by a wall which was built in 1847 with mortar made of lime and egg whites. The Mahandrihono grounds include the former home of the island’s great king Andrianampoinimerina with walls made of solid rosewood, and artifacts including drums, weapons and talismans.

The Tsingy of Bemaraha – An ancient coral reef which was transformed into a stone forest sculpted by water, wind and time. It is one of the most astonishing landscapes in Madagascar and part of the country’s largest natural reserve, the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve. Also, the park is home to seven Lemur species, which of one is the Deckens sifaka, known for its creamy white fur and black face.

Baobabs Avenue – 7 species of baobab trees are present in Madagascar, some are up to 800 years old. Along the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar, these trees are one of Madagascar’s most-seen attraction. They did not originally grew in isolation but stood in a dense tropical forest decades ago. The forest was cleared over the years for agriculture, leaving only these famous trees.

The Malagasy Highlands – From Tana, the capital, southwards on the Route Nationale 7, they stretch across the centre of the island. At an average altitude of 1,300m, it is the emblematic landscape of Madagascar with its rice terraces and small villages with red earthen houses and their thatched roofs. The atmosphere is one of pastel colours and shimmering light. An amazing road trip.

Isalo National Park – Located in the southern highlands in a breath-taking mountain landscape of jagged cliffs and rocks shimmering in all the colours of the rainbow. The park is known for its varied terrain, reaching from steep canyons, areas of grassland, sandstone formations, to natural pools lined by palm trees. Because of the variety of colours, the park is also known as “The Malagasy Colorado”.

Ifaty – The name Ifaty was given to two dusty fishing villages on the southwest coast of Madagascar. The area is ideal for diving, snorkelling, and fishing as a long coral reef makes a natural barrier to the rough sea waves, creating costal waters. The desert inland is known for the famous baobab trees which have thrived here for centuries.

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