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.
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
- Manafiafy 22 miles away
- Andohahela National Park 26 miles away
- Berenty Reserve 43 miles away
- The Southern Tip of Madagascar 56 miles away
- Ifotaka Community Forest 58 miles away
- Isalo National Park 202 miles away
- Eastern Madagascar 212 miles away
- Ambalavao 221 miles away
- Anakao 231 miles away
- Ifaty 239 miles away
- Central & Southern Madagascar 240 miles away
- Ranomafana National Park 263 miles away
Photos of 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.
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!
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 among the best options in town.