Ifaty

  • Located to the north of Tulear, about twenty miles (forty five minutes) away by car, Ifaty includes the small seaside villages of Ifaty and Mangily.There are groceries, schools and cheap restaurants; you will be pleased to discover in depth the lives of these fishing villages.The beach is not the most beautiful in Madagascar, but is still enjoyable. The few hotels are peaceful and are relatively small.There ...
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Located to the north of Tulear, about twenty miles (forty five minutes) away by car, Ifaty includes the small seaside villages of Ifaty and Mangily.

There are groceries, schools and cheap restaurants; you will be pleased to discover in depth the lives of these fishing villages.

The beach is not the most beautiful in Madagascar, but is still enjoyable. The few hotels are peaceful and are relatively small.

There is no nightclub here, but villagers do organise evenings outdoors. Indeed, if you want to go out at night and go to places with a variety of entertainment, Ifaty is not the appropriate destination.

Here there is luxury, calm and pleasure; while the men fish, women sell their fruits, always smiling, with the face covered in a mixture based on tree bark. According to the locals, this product makes their skin more beautiful.

Ifaty: what to do?

Ifaty has diving spots of international fame. You can also go on tours by canoe or visit the forest of baobab trees and medicinal plants. Some hotels will offer bivouac excursions to Anakao, or in fishing villages such as Ambolimailake.

You should not leave Ifaty without having seen its small fishing village, quite unusual, with its women's faces covered in a tree bark based product and the joyful children. You can even venture into the school during school break.

  • A typical village
  • The warm welcome and friendly hospitality of local villagers
  • The peace and quiet of the places
  • The distance from Tulear (20 miles)
  • The poor quality of the road Tulear / Ifaty
  • The lack of animation

Reminders

Do not forget a hat and sunscreen lotion. The sun is merciless on Ifaty!

To avoid

A tip concerning boat rides: they are often offered. Do not, therefore, leave without a canoe guide who knows the area as there are dangerous currents. Inquire at your hotel or restaurant where you have lunch. Expect to spend about two hours in the canoe. The cyclone period (late December-early April) is to be avoided.

Ifaty: what to eat?

The seafood dishes are delicious and even better here, on the seaside.

Ifaty: what to buy?

You can bring back some vanilla that you find sold in hotels or in the village.

Ifaty Reviewedhotels
  • 8.35 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Le Paradisier
    Ifaty - Madagascar
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The Paradisier is a small charming hotel, consisting of ...

  • 7.1 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Le Nautilus
    Ifaty - Madagascar
    Hotel Hotel 2 Etoile(s)

    The Nautilus is a nice hotel where Nathalie and Denis, the owners, ...

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