Isle St Marie Classic Beach Package
From: $ 555.00 per person
Madagascar – 7 days: The slender 50 km long island lies 8 km off the coast of eastern Madagascar and is the perfect spot for diving, fishing and beach getaways. For the outdoor-lovers, the island is crossed with tracks and palm lined covers, and offers many opportunities to explore on foot or even on a mountain bike. From August / September, you may spot Humpback whales during their annual migration. Unwind and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and sultry sunsets of St. Marie.
Beach package exploring Isle St Marie on the coast of Eastern Madagascar. Starting and ending in Antananarivo, Madagascar – 7 Days
St Marie – Relax and explore on the beautiful island of St Marie, a small island stretching only 50 km long and 7 km wide. Enjoy various activities such as boat tours, road trips, quad bike tours and many more (own expense).
Antananarivo – Experience the busy streets of Madagascar’s picturesque capital city, Antananarivo.
Vanivola Hotel – Here you can enjoy the local specialties in the elegant restaurant, such as lobster, prawns, tuna, Swordfish and zebu meat. To round off your day, try cocktails, rums and fresh fruit juices in the piano bar and on its terrace with magnificent views of the ocean.
Pirate Cemetery – The Pirate Cemetery is an absolute must see destination when visiting St Marie Island and is the only pirate cemetery in the world.
Whale Watching – From August/September, one can spot the famous humpback whale in the waters of Madagascar.
* The Isle St Marie Beach Package is also available as a Superior Package.
The accommodation on this tour will be in mid-range hotels
Group size: Minimum 1 person, Maximum 10 people
Vehicle: In Antananarivo we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4×4 vehicles.
Spending money: Clients are advised to bring enough money for any additional drinks or activities not included in the itinerary. Madagascar’s currency is the Ariary. Euros are the most practical and convenient currency to exchange into Ariary at the Airport. International credit cards and travellers cheques are very seldom accepted.
First Aid: Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the camps are equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.
Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance on the plane will be 20 kg. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.
Insurance: It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses (including emergency medical evacuation cover) and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Jenman Safaris has comprehensive public liability insurance. For an instant quote on travel insurance, please click the following link to our website: http://www.jenmansafaris.com/travel-info/travel-insurance.html
- Track suit
- Solid Walking shoes
- Lightweight trousers/jeans
- Swimming costume
- Sun hat
- Warm clothes
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Torch & spare batteries
- Water bottle
- UV protection
- Mosquito protection
- Snorkelling equipment is provided at Manafiafy, but you may bring your own if you wish
Visas: A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month, can purchase a visa for 80’000 Ariary (around 23-27 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date. In addition to the entry visa, the Malagasy government is proposing the introduction of a frontier levy of 10 € in the near future, still to be confirmed and variable at short notice.
Gratuities: If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar. Here follows some suggested guidelines:
- Around EUR 4 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) for a guide or a guide/driver.
- Around EUR 2 (5,000 Ariary) for a park guide, depending on your satisfaction
- Around 5% of the bill at a restaurant
- 200 Ariary per bag for a porter
- As Euro coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary
We would ask that you please reserve your generosity for tipping for services only, and not providing free hand-outs to children or adults, as this encourages begging.
• Meals as per itinerary
• Accommodation as per itinerary
• Transfers to and from airport to hotel
• Travel Insurance
• Domestic flights and their taxes
• Pre and post tour accommodation
• Optional activities
• All drinks, tips and curios
• All personal expenses
• Visa fees
• Meals & drinks not stipulated