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Settled first by the Portuguese and later by the French, Fort Dauphin has an idyllic location on a peninsula jutting out into the Indian Ocean.

Fort Dauphin's French influence

Today the fort itself is a crumbling ruin, but the French presence is still strong and much of the town is owned by the de Heaulme family. A busy port (in spite of the shipwrecks rusting in Baie de Galions), Fort Dauphin is not particularly beautiful. The natural setting of the town is stunning however, with beaches on three sides and the dark slopes of Pic Loius looming above.

There are a few good hotels in Fort Dauphin and some excellent restaurants, particularly for lovers of seafood.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Fort Dauphin

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Fort Dauphin, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Fort Dauphin

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    Places near Fort Dauphin

    Accommodation choices for Fort Dauphin

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Fort Dauphin. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Croix du Sud, Fort Dauphin (Toalagnaro)

      Croix du Sud


      Croix du Sud is a colonial style building designed over two levels around a courtyard garden. As one of the most modern hotels in Fort Dauphin, this is amongst the best options in town.

    • Kaleta Hotel, Fort Dauphin (Toalagnaro)



      Kaleta is the best of the properties in Fort Dauphin and we certainly recommend visiting the patisserie during your stay here - the freshly baked pastries are delicious!