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The island of Madagascar, situated about 400 kilometers of the southeast coast of Africa, is a fascinating cruise holiday destination.


Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, situated 400 kilometers off the southeast coast of Africa. The total area is 587,000 sq. km. (226,600 sq. mi.) making it the fourth largest island in the world.

The capital and largest city is Antananarivo with a population of around 1.5 million. Madagascar is ringed by golden beaches and palm trees; the interior has a great variety, from grassy plateaus to volcanoes, and from tropical rainforests on the eastern side, to tropical dry forest, shrub lands and desserts on the western and southern side of the island.


Madagascar was separated from mainland Africa some 165 million years ago, and many species that are unique to the island have since evolved, including some 3,000 species of butterfly. Madagascar's national parks and reserves shelter over 50 species of lemurs and, and humpback whales and dolphins can be seen off the coast during migration season.


Until now tourism in Madagascar is concentrated in three areas: around Madagascar's capital Antananarivo, located in the center of the island, and the islands of Nosy Be in the northwest and le Sainte-Marie to the east, where beach tourism is the main attraction. Nosy Be is popular with people looking for a resort style holiday, as it has plenty of restaurants and night spots. The nearby Nosy Komba is encircled in coral reefs, ideal for snorkeling, and is known for its lemur reserve.


A cruise to Madagascar is often part of of an itinerary that includes the Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion and Zanzibar in Tanzania or destinations in South Africa.

Mauritius and the Seychelles are alsoeveryone's idea of a dream destination for an idyllic cruise holiday. There are soft white sand beaches, blue lagoons, coconut palms, coral reefs, fantastic cuisine and friendly locals. The island of Reunion displays its volcanic origin with an abundance of natural attractions including wildly mountainous countryside and still active volcanoes.

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