Running parallel to the Indian Ocean the Pangalanes Canal forms a network of man-made channels connecting fresh water lakes and lagoons.
Life around the Pangalanes Canal
Stretching 600 kilometers from the bustling port of Tamatave to Farafangana along the south east coast, the Pangalanes is the longest canal in the world. Though overgrown with aquatic plants the canal still dominates daily life in this region as it provides the main source of trade and transport. Plans are in place to clear the weed and upgrade the canal once more to the busy commercial waterway that it once was. Cruising by boat on the calm waters of Pangalanes is fascinating.
The Betsimisaraka people
This area is the stronghold of the Betsimisaraka people and their villages can be seen along the banks. On the waterways themselves you see pirogues, local fishermen, rafts carrying timber and over-crowded ferries with names such as 'Great Hopes' and 'Malagasy Fish'.
Map of the Pangalanes Canal
Places & hotels on the map
Places near the Pangalanes Canal
- Mantadia National Park 58 miles away
- Andasibe National Park (Perinet) 60 miles away
- Antananarivo 115 miles away
- Île Sainte-Marie 124 miles away
- The Islands & Beaches of Madagascar 158 miles away
- Antsirabe 169 miles away
- Masoala National Park 215 miles away
- Nosy Mangabe 218 miles away
- Ranomafana National Park 219 miles away
- Maroantsetra 222 miles away
- Ambalavao 270 miles away
- Anjajavy Private Nature Reserve 283 miles away
Photos of the Pangalanes Canal
Accommodation choices for the Pangalanes Canal
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Pangalanes Canal. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
While the rooms are simple, but comfortable, the real joy of visiting the Palmarium is the lemurs. This is one of the few places in Madagascar where it is possible to see lemurs close up and unafraid.