Masoala tour

I.MASOALA ADVENTURE

Thursday Day 1:

We are met on arrival at Maroantsetra airport and transfer to the hotel in Maroantsetra for the night.

Friday Day 2:

After an early breakfast in the Maroantsetra hotel we transfer to the boat for the voyage across the Bay d’Antongil to the Masoala Forest Lodge. The journey takes between 1 –2 hours, with the possibility of dolphin and whale sightings in season and the densely forested mountains of the Masoala Peninsula as a dramatic backdrop to the destination. On arrival in paradise, we go ashore on the golden beach in the gem of a sheltered cove and settle into camp. After freshening up in the luxury tented accommodation we have an opportunity to explore the beaches and enjoy a swim before lunch. After lunch and a short siesta we take a walk down the beaches of the stunningly beautiful coastline, with the possibility of spotting Whitefronted brown lemurs in the coastal forest. After watching the sunset over the sea, with the “Sacred Island” and fantastic rock formations of Tampolo Point in the foreground, we return to camp by torch light, with the intriguing possibility of seeing some of Masoala’s secretive nocturnal wildlife such as Leaf-tailed Gecko or Dwarf and Mouse lemurs.

Saturday Day 3:

We awake early and take coffee and breakfast in the dining house overlooking the beach and then we set-off on the day’s adventure. Today this is a walk down the beach in the other direction and up into the primary rainforest in search of the Red-ruffed lemurs, Dwarf chameleons and other wildlife endemic to this forest. After some hours in the dense forest with giant hardwoods and majestic tree ferns we return to camp for a well-earned lunch and rest before the afternoon activity. This could be a snorkel on the nearby reefs, rich in underwater diversity, or a sea kayak to the look-out point at “Secret Cove”, with the chance of a close
encounter with Bottlenose Dolphin or Green Turtle.

Sunday Day 4:

After an early breakfast, we depart on a walk through the coastal forest, in search of the endemic Helmeted Vanga, to the crystal clear cascades of the Tampolo River at the foot of the forested mountains. After a welcome swim, followed by a short walk, we board the traditional dugout “pirogue” for a trip downstream to the beach and back to camp. After lunch, we enjoy a relaxed afternoon swimming on the nearby private beaches or snorkeling on the coral reefs, with perhaps another nocturnal walk in the nearby coastal forest for a chance of spotting some more wildlife, maybe even the elusive Aye-Aye.

Monday Day 5:

After a relaxed breakfast we board the boat for the return voyage to
Maroantsetra in time for the flight out to Antananarivo

Price per person (based on two pax in double room): please contact us

Included :

  • Accommodation in bed & breakfast in Maroantsetra
  • Road transfers in Maroantsetra from the airport to the hotel
  • Road transfers in Maroantsetra from the hotel to the boat and from the boat to the airport
  • Boat transfers (Maroantsetra to the Masoala Forest Lodge, return)
  • Accommodation on full board basis in the Masoala Forest Lodge as per itinerary
  • Other boating as per itinerary
  • All meals, snacks, water, soft drinks in the Masoala Forest Lodge (except alcoholic beverages which are available on surcharge)
  • Activities (guided forest walks in primary and coastal rainforest and to local village/nocturnal walk in coastal forest/ sea kayaking and snorkeling/ river excursion by traditional dug-out canoe/ private forest trails and beaches at the Masoala Forest Lodge for self- exploration)
  • National Park entrance fees and official forest guide for Masoala National Park

Excluded :

  • Flights to and from Maroantsetra
  • All meals, snacks, water and drinks in Maroantsetra
  • Day trip to Nosy Mangabe
  • Gratuities/Tipping
  • Curios and personal purchases
  • Extra boat excursions not included in the itinerary (fishing and whale watching are available from the Masoala Forest Lodge on surcharge)

II. MANGABE – MASOALA ADVENTURE:

Thursday Day 1:

We are met on arrival at Maroantsetra airport and transfer to the boat for the short voyage down the river and out to the island of Nosy Mangabe, taking about 30 minutes. Once ashore on the densely forested island we enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach before we explore the network of trails with the chance of spotting Black and white-ruffed and White-fronted brown lemurs, leaf-tailed geckos and perhaps a Madagascar tree boa. We can view the traditional Malagasy tombs in a cave on the island and the engraved rocks on the “Plage des Hollandaise” before we board the boat once more for the return voyage to Maroantsetra and then transfer to the hotel in Maroantsetra for the night. Overnight stay at Hyppocampo

Friday Day 2:

After an early breakfast in the Maroantsetra hotel we transfer to the boat for the voyage across the Bay d’Antongila to the Masoala Forest Lodge. The journey takes between 1 –2 hours, with the possibility of dolphin and whale sightings in season and the densely forested mountains of the Masoala Peninsula as a dramatic backdrop to the destination. On arrival in paradise, we go ashore on the golden beach in the gem of a sheltered cove and settle into camp. After freshening up in the luxury tented accommodation we have an opportunity to explore the beaches and enjoy a swim before lunch. After lunch and a short siesta we take a walk down the beaches of the stunningly beautiful coastline, with the possibility of spotting Whitefronted brown lemurs in the coastal forest. After watching the sunset over the sea, with the “Sacred Island” and fantastic rock formations of Tampolo Point in the foreground, we return to camp by torch light, with the intriguing possibility of seeing some of Masoala’s secretive nocturnal wildlife such as Leaf-tailed Gecko or Dwarf and Mouse lemurs. Overnight stay at Masoala Forest Lodge

Saturday Day 3:

We awake early and take coffee and breakfast in the dining house overlooking the beach and then we set-off on the day’s adventure. Today this is a walk down the beach in the other direction and up into the primary rainforest in search of the Red-ruffed lemurs, Dwarf chameleons and other wildlife endemic to this forest. After some hours in the dense forest with giant hardwoods and majestic tree ferns we return to camp for a well-earned lunch and rest before the afternoon activity. This could be a snorkel on the nearby reefs, rich in underwater diversity, or a sea kayak to the look-out point at “Secret Cove”, with the chance of a close
Encounter with Bottlenose Dolphin or Green Turtle. Overnight stay at Masoala Forest Lodge

Sunday Day 4:

After an early breakfast, we depart on a walk through the coastal forest, in search of the endemic Helmeted Vanga, to the crystal clear cascades of the Tampolo River at the foot of the forested mountains. After a welcome swim, followed by a short walk, we board the traditional dugout “pirogue” for a trip downstream to the beach and back to camp. After lunch, we enjoy a relaxed afternoon swimming on the nearby private beaches or snorkeling on the coral reefs, with perhaps another nocturnal walk in the nearby coastal forest for a chance of spotting some more wildlife, maybe even the elusive Aye-Aye. Overnight stay at Masoala Forest Lodge

Monday Day 5:

After a relaxed breakfast we board the boat for the return voyage to Maroantsetra in time for the flight out to Antananarivo

Price per person (based on two pax in double room): please contact us

Included :

  • Accommodation in Maroantsetra
  • Road transfers in Maroantsetra from the airport to the hotel
  • All road transfers in Maroantsetra as per itinerary
  • Day trip to Nosy Mangabe as per itinerary
  • Accommodation on full board basis in the Masoala Forest Lodge as per itinerary
  • Boat transfers (Maroantsetra to Nosy Mangabe, return and Maroantsetra to the Masoala Forest Lodge, return)
  • Other boating as per itinerary
  • All meals, snacks, water, soft drinks in the Masoala Forest Lodge and on Nosy Mangabe (except alcoholic beverages which are available on surcharge)
  • Activities (guided forest walks in primary and coastal rainforest and to local village/nocturnal walk in coastal forest/ sea kayaking and snorkeling/ river excursion by traditional dug-out canoe/ private forest trails and beaches at the Masoala Forest Lodge for self- exploration)
  • National Park entrance fees and official forest guide for Masoala National Park and Nosy Mangabe

Excluded :

  • Flights to and from Maroantsetra
  • All meals, snacks, water and drink in Maroantsetra
  • Gratuities/Tipping
  • Curios and personal purchases
  • Extra boat excursions not included in the itinerary (fishing and whale watching are available from the Masoala Forest Lodge on surcharge)