A trip to a tropical island is the dream of anyone planning an exotic holiday by the ocean. Today I will tell you about a place that is completely different from others. Its diversity will make you think about paradise and its beauty of nature will bring you to your knees. By no means, this post is not intended to encourage you to go to Madagascar. It is thanks to many years of isolation that this place is still undamaged by humans so the least of us the better. This post is a little insight, from me to you, to the natural beauty of the Malagasy coast.
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After crossing half of the island and spending seven days exploring new places in Madagascar, it’s time for a moment of rest and some exotic holiday by the ocean. So far, I have visited the Ranomafana Rainforest, the Anja Reserve – a place of lemurs occupation, and the Canyons of Islao Park, which hide a dark secret. Therefore decided to take a deep breath by the beautiful Indian Ocean.
Usually, I love to be on the move and constantly discover new places. Although, I have to admit that the paradise beaches surrounded by a coral reef are my weak spot. I love to live in small bungalows by the ocean. It’s amazing to know that as soon as you wake up, you can jump on a hammock by the beach and enjoy the harmony of the morning. Malagasy people have a saying – “mora mora” (pronounced mura-mura), which means, to do things slowly, without rushing. This is the lifestyle most evident on the coast.
It is wonderful, I can say for sure that I am in one of the most beautiful places in the world! Ifaty lagoon is located approximately 25km (15.5 miles) north of Toliara. Toliara is the second, largest port city in Madagascar, situated on the Mozambique canal. Here, the RN7 road ends and the seaside world begins. Ifaty is a lovely oceanfront village full of local life. It is just perfect for an exotic holiday by the ocean! In addition, it is a place where the fifth-largest coral reef stretches along the coast for 450km (280 miles). Therefore it’s easy to guess what is the first thing that I want to do? No rush, of course.
It’s 6 o’clock in the morning, I’m stepping out of my beach bungalow. Walking barefoot on the sand. In front of me, I can see the Indian Ocean and around me plenty of palm trees that bend in a good morning bow. It’s quiet, just after sunrise. The rhythmic whir of the waves gets louder as I get closer to the coast. I sit on a hammock suspended under a palm tree and watch Madagascar come to life. Shades of blue blend with green, I swing on the hammock to the sound of waves, no rush just blissful silence. The only thing I am missing is a cup of coffee. I get up from the hammock and go to complete the morning ritual of gratitude with a cup of black coffee. Madagascar is a dream place for an exotic holiday by the ocean – no doubt about that!
After breakfast, I set off to the ocean. The plan is to sail across the lagoon in a traditional Malagasy boat, Lakana, which looks like a hollow wooden log with a huge white sail. Although it does not look spacious, it can fit four people and a little girl on a side hull. The girl is the daughter of the steersman, her name is Jolanda. Despite the fact, she is no more than 5 years old, she feels on the boat like a fish in the water.
Suddenly I felt an urge to be like the captain of the boat. Decided to stand on the prow of the lacquers and, hold on to the mast. I spread my arms and felt the wind on my face. In front of me, there was an infinite blue ocean. This is one of the moments when nothing else matters. I feel pure happiness from being so connected with the natural world.
Delicious lobster served on paddles looked exquisite and tasted even better. With the high tide, we took our boat back to Ifaty to admire one of the most spectacular sunsets. Such scenery cannot be complete without a drink. In addition to beer, one of the most popular liquors in Madagascar is rum, which Malagasy people produce themselves. A popular drink is a rum that has been soaked with many fruits and spices, such as lemon, ginger, cinnamon, lychee and vanilla. Definitely strong and delicious! The sound of the waves, the setting sun and a drink with a palm tree over my head. Mora mora, nothing more to say.