W. Dry Forest
S. Rain Forest
S. Dry Forest
This region is the home of the Betsimisaraka, the second largest ethnic group in Madagascar. Cash crops such as coffee, cloves, vanilla and all tropical fruits thrive on the East Coast, making the local population in general more affluent than in any other regions of Madagascar. With the exception of the island of Ste. Marie, once a pirate's haven and now a sought-after destination for beach lovers, the East Coast, and in particular the Masoala Peninsula with its exceptional concentration of unique fauna and flora, is largely undiscovered and a must for serious nature lovers. (Maroantsetra is included in both the North and East regions as it is the last remaining tract of pristine rain forest on the entire island.)
Click on the cities below for an overview of the entire area, including access, lodging, protected areas and local activities.
ILE. SAINT MARIE (Nosy Boraha)
NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES:
Parc Ivoloina (Duke Primate project)