Nosy Boraha

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Nosy Boraha or Île Sainte-Marie
There are Port(s) of Entry here
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Nosy Boraha, previously known as Île Sainte-Marie (and still popularly known by travellers as such), is an island off the east coast of Madagascar, to which it belongs. The main town is Ambodifotatra. The island forms an administrative district within Analanjirofo Region, and covers an area of 222 km². It had an estimated population at 26,547 in 2013.

The channel between Nosy Boraha and Madagascar is a popular place for whale watching, as substantial groups of humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic here to breed.


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St Marie or Ambodifotatra is a port of entry.



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Ambodifotatra Anchorage

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Eating out

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You can get on Île Sainte-Marie by plane or by boat.

There are regular flights from Antananarivo to Île Sainte-Marie


The channel between Nosy Boraha and Madagascar is known for whale watching. Substantial groups of humpback whales (Megaptera) migrate from the Antarctic to this breeding ground. The whales find conditions here that are well suited to their courtship and favourable for the growth of their young and before their annual migration to colder water. Although scarce, southern right whales, as a part of the recolonization of their former ranges, are known to appear along the coast from time to time.


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