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Travel to Tamatave – Capital of Toamasina Province

Tamatave owes its importance to the existence of a coral reef, which forms a spacious and fairly commodious harbour, entered by two openings. The town is built on a sandy peninsula which projects at right angles from the general coastline. On this are crowded together a considerable number of houses, with good shops and merchants offices in the main thoroughfares.

The town has wide palm tree lined avenues and a selection of hotels and restaurants besides beautiful beaches where travellers can enjoy sunbathing and relaxing.

Tamatave, also known as Taomasina, is the capital of the Atsinanana region and of the Toamasina Province. The town was founded in the 18th century around a European trading post. After its capture in 1817 by Radama I, it became the chief port of his kingdom.

Tamatave was occupied repeatedly by the French and served as the base for their conquest of the interior in 1894. Severely damaged in 1927 by a storm, the city was subsequently rebuilt.

Bazary Be is one Tamatave colorful street markets where you can buy everything from exotic spices to handicrafts. The central market in the heart of the city is one of the most popular sites in the city.

While in Tamatave, do not miss a tour to Foulpointe, a nice village about 50 kilometres from the town, and the Pereiras farm at Marozevo where you can see butterflies, crocodiles and snakes. Other interesting places to be visited are the Prune Island where you can see lemurs and have a nice view of the port; Ivoloina Zoo; Brickaville where sugar cane is cultivated; and Mahambo, a beautiful beach resort.

  • Witness miles of beautiful beaches lined with palms.
  • Take a boat trip to Prune Island and see lemurs.
  • Visit the sugar cane factory in Brickaville.


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