One of Madagascar's premier beach destinations, Ifaty boasts sparkling white beaches, peppered with rocks, and crystal clear water that just tickles the shore as it gently ebbs back and forth. Further inland, palm trees fringe the sand, hiding the small villages that depend on this expanse of water for fish, which is the converted into both food and business. Ifaty is far from being the biggest player along the coast but its charm lies somewhat in its smaller size, which makes the atmosphere seem that much more personal and familiar.Read More
One of the main reasons that Ifaty is at the top of the list for most travellers hitting Madagascar's coast line is its world class snorkelling and diving. Perfect for marine enthusiasts of all levels, the unhampered visibility combined with the pleasant temperature of the water makes every underwater experience one to remember. Don't be put off by the shallow water here, schools of fish are regularly spotted by divers, along with eels, rays and lobsters.
For those who would rather keep their head above the water, there are many tour operators in Ifaty who take adventurous travellers out on whale watching expeditions to spot the migrating humpback whales. The best time to spot these majestic creatures is between mid-June and the end of September. Alternatively, travellers might want to try their hand at surfing as there are a number of secluded spots that have some excellent waves. Once you have worn yourself out in the sea, there's nothing better than kicking back on the beach with a cold drink and relaxing.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Ifaty
If you are planning a Ifaty holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Hotel de la Plage Ifaty
Hotel de la Plage comprises several beautiful bungalows, which offer up spectacular views of the nearby lagoon and the powder-white beach. Simple and unassuming yet stylishly decorated, the bungalows are the perfect beach haven. A variety of national and French specialities can be found in the hotel's restaurant, including plenty of seafood, meat and fresh vegetables. See out the night with a refreshing cocktail. Hotel de la Plage is situated on the beachfront of the dazzling lagoon that surrounds Ifaty.
Ifaty Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Ifaty.