Manafiafy is a sleepy fishing village on the southern coast of Madagascar, and was where one of the first contacts was made by westerners in Madagascar, as the Portuguese laid anchor in the bay of St Luce in 1613.
Protected by several small islands, the calm blue waters provided safe anchorage.
The village has changed little since those times, the Portuguese, the French and the British have come and gone, yet the smell of fresh cloves, vanilla and coffee still sweeten the air, and the fishermen still paddle their dugout canoes through the safety of the bay to open ocean beyond.
The village is flanked by forest, home to dwarf, mouse, sportive and brown lemurs. Reptiles such as chameleons, snakes, and geckos are all found and the forest has excellent birding.
Offshore there are coral reefs rich in marine life and humpback whales come into the bay from mid June until early December.
Suggested itinerary featuring Manafiafy
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Manafiafy, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Manafiafy
- Fort Dauphin 22 miles away
- Andohahela National Park 32 miles away
- Berenty Reserve 59 miles away
- The Southern Tip of Madagascar 65 miles away
- Ifotaka Community Forest 70 miles away
- Isalo National Park 195 miles away
- Ambalavao 205 miles away
- Eastern Madagascar 205 miles away
- Anakao 237 miles away
- Ifaty 244 miles away
- Central & Southern Madagascar 245 miles away
- Ranomafana National Park 245 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Manafiafy
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Manafiafy. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge is situated on a sheltered, forest fringed bay. It is a truly tranquil setting: azure blue seas, lush verdant forests, and distant mountains.