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Sainte Marie

Sainte Marie Tailormade Holidays

Île Sainte-Marie, known more formally as Nosy Boraha, is an island off the east coast of Madagascar. The main town is Ambodifotatra. The city covers an area of 222 km2, and had a population estimated at 16,325 in 2001.

Sainte-Marie became a popular base for pirates throughout the 17th and 18th centuries due to several reasons: it was not far from the maritime routes along which ships returning from the East Indies sailed in transit, it had bays and inlets protected from storms and finally, it had abundant fruit and was situated in quiet waters. Legendary pirates like William Kidd, Robert Culliford, Olivier Levasseur, Henry Every, and Thomas Tew, lived in the île aux Forbans, an island located in the bay of Sainte Marie's main town, Ambodifotatra. Several authentic pirate vessels still lie within a few meters of the surface in the Baie des Forbans. Two of these have been tentatively identified as the remains of Captain Kidd's Adventure Galley and Captain Condent's Fiery Dragon. The utopian pirate republic of Libertatia was also rumored to exist in this area, although the republic's existence, let alone its location, has never been proven.

The channel between Sainte-Marie island and Madagascar is a hot spot for whale watching. Substantial groups of humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic here as it is a good breeding place, conditions here that are favourable for the growth of their young before their return to the cold seas.

Tailormade Holidays to Sainte Marie

On the Go are expert at planning holidays in — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Sainte Marie.

Hotel de Charme Vanivola, Sainte Marie
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Hotel de Charme Vanivola is a small island paradise, with white sandy beaches and turquoise oceans. Little bungalows on the edge of the shore provide the main accommodation, with terrace and standard rooms also available.

Princesse Bora Lodge, Sainte Marie
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Princesse Bora Lodge is a beautiful lodge with comfort and luxury villas, pleasantly furnished with dark wood floors and shutters and each has its own private deck with chairs, hammock and footbath.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!


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