The slender 57km-long island of Ile Sainte Marie is said to resemble a pregnant woman lying down. Most of the hotels are dotted on the coast south of Ambodifotatra, where the beach is narrow and pleasant. The north west of the island is more quiet but less accessible. The east coast is relatively rugged and, until recently, undeveloped. It offers some of the better beaches, particularly on the Ampanihy Peninsula, which is separated from the main island by the long Baie d’Ampanihy. The tiny Ile aux Nattes, off Ile Sainte Marie’s southern tip, also offers lovely beaches for pure relaxation. Madagascar tours and vacations to this region are truly unforgettable.
Rain can be expected all year around on Ile Sainte Marie but it is less wet from late August to late November. Vicious cyclones occur between December and March.