One of the most popular destination for whale watching is St.Marie between July and September. There is also the Andasibe National Park (NP) where the calls of the Indri will wake you every morning. The Indri is the biggest of Madagascar's lemur, standing 1 metre high and weighing up to 8 Kgs with an almost invisible tail.
A region rich in flora and fauna as well as being very scenic. The area is home to four National Parks, Ranomafana,Andringitra, Isalo and Zombitse. A train journey between Fianarantsoa and Manakara reveals a stunning landscape, trekking at Pic Bobby ( 2nd highest mountain in Madagascar, with its 36 * altitude) in Andringitra Park and further up in Isalo NP you will delight your senses withextraordinary sandstone formations. Ring-tailed Lemurs are easily seen in Isalo NP as well as the private reserve of Anja, which is managed by local villagers. Following this exciting journey, you can relax on one of the many tropical beaches at either Ifaty or Anakao.
This western part of Madagascar is the home of the Baobab tree, where you will see the famous and unique Avenue of Baobabs which is transformed at sunrise and sunset being a real photographer's delight. The Kirindy Reserve is the sanctuary of the Fossa, Madagascar's largest predator. The world famous Tsingy of Bemaraha NP can also be found here. Known as "the forest of stones", the Tsingy features fantastic limestone rock formations. It was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998 and was well documented by David Attenborough in his TV series on Madagascar.
This area can be explored in a number of ways depending on your available time, either by internal flights, by road, or a combination of both.
Another possibility is to take a traditional dugout canoe down the river Tsiribihina, which will include two nights camping. This is a truly unique expedition away from hustle and bustle of towns or cities, but a perfect opportunity to experience the warm welcome of the Malagasy people.
The North of Madagascar offers yet different varieties of wildlife at National Parks such as Montagne d'Ambre, Tsingy of Ankarna, Marojejy and Daraina. This area has been recognised on Trip Advisor as having world class beaches. There are also excellent diving sites.