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"Nosy Boraha (Ste-Marie)" Top 5 Page for this destination Madagascar Things to Do Tip by Norali

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Visit this kind of "heaven on earth" island. Turquoise water edged by a coral reef... And above all, in August- October, you can watch whales passing by...

It is made of a series of tiny islands covered with a lush flora: clove trees, cinnamon trees, cocoa trees, vanilla plants and other orchids.. Yes, vanilla is of orchid type. Wonders are in wild environment or in stations. Mangrove trees, wild roses as well...

A bit of history: the island was a sought-after land for its beauty, relaxing feature. Pirates contended with each others for this island. But, in 1685, they organized a peaceful settlement on the island in order to locate there. And from there, they "travelled" near African and Arabic coasts. They were English, American, French, Welsh... In addition, traders from everywhere landed there as well. Slaves from Africa were brought there. Thus, Saint-Mariens (the name they give to themselves) have, more than anyone else in Madagascar, this mixed physical appearance. Fine features remind you of Africa, Asia, Arabia and Europe... Those blond-haired people with amber-couloured or dark complexions. And the eyes, green while most of Malagasy have brown eyes.

Worth noticing: a French pirate, Jean-Onésime Filet, nicknamed La Bigorne, married a princess of Nosy Boraha, Princess Bety, daughter of King Ratsimilaho. A few years after marriage, in 1750, he persuaded her to bring Nosy Boraha under French protectorate... And that contributed in French settlement on the Island...

Go there for farniente, beach activities, cycling through the island. Visit there pirates' cemeteries, the most beautiful creeks in Madagascar. By chance, you may assist rituals as well. Saint-Mariens' traditions include rites from all parts of the island... Fijoroana (West coast incantatory rituals), Highlands tradition of Famadihana, Tromba (dance of the spirit that is proper to South of Madagascar) are local customs there.

Address: At shore of East coast area

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 26, 2003
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