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.
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 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.
Do not forget a hat and sunscreen lotion. The sun is merciless on Ifaty!
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.
The seafood dishes are delicious and even better here, on the seaside.
You can bring back some vanilla that you find sold in hotels or in the village.