Relax in picturesque Sainte-Marie and Ile aux Nattes after your Madagascan adventures.

White-sand beaches? Swaying palms? Crystal-clear lagoons? Sainte-Marie and Iles aux Nattes are the epitome of a tropical island paradise and is just the place to unwind after a Madagascan adventure. When you’re not enjoying daily massages (using traditional Malagasy oils), learn about traditional Madagascan cuisine in a cooking class, tour the lagoon in a dugout canoe, or wander around the pirate’s cemetery. Or if that’s all a bit much, relax with a book at your lodge while lemurs swing overhead and birds sing in the trees. Looking for heaven? You’ve found it here.

Ile Sainte-Marie, Madagascar
Ile Sainte-Marie, Madagascar
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 3
Carbon offset
160kg pp per trip


  • Keep your eyes open for marine life on a lagoon tour in a dugout canoe
  • Create authentic Madagascan cuisine in a cooking class
  • Relax with an included massage


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Your shortbreak adventure begins at 9:00am this morning when you will be met at the Vanivola Hotel and driven to the south of the island. From here you will be transferred by Pirogue ( Dugout Canoe ) to Ile aux nattes (approx. 45min).

Île aux Nattes (also officially, but less commonly, called Nosy Nato) is a small island south of Île Sainte-Marie and is just 3km in diameter.

Ile aux Nattes can be explored on foot in less than 3 hours and has unspoiled beaches with white powdery sand beaches, coconut and other palm trees scattered along the shore and a turquoise lagoon protected by coral reefs which offers a home to a large variety of exotic marine life.

One of the best things about Ile Aux Nattes is that there are absolutely no motor cars or any other forms of modern transport to invade your sense of tranquility and peace.

Your accommodation for the next 2 nights is at the Les Lémuriens Ecolodge. With only 6 bungalows the lodge is located right on the beach and offers a unique and relaxing experience of Ile aux Nattes.

After an orientation walk around the island, perhaps visit the pirate’s cemetery and then return to your lodge accommodation for an afternoon massage.
After breakfast on the restaurant terrace take a tour of the lagoon in a canoe with a local, keeping your eye out for brightly coloured fish, turtles and other marine life.

In the afternoon, treat yourself to another traditional Malagasy massage at the lodge before enjoying a cooking lesson with the chef. With influences from Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe, cuisine in Madagascar is varied; expect to see meat stews, rice and beans, and barbecued seafood on most menus, while rum remains the drink of choice!
After breakfast say goodbye to Island life and transfer back to Ile Sainte Marie Airport ( approx, 45mins ) where this shortbreak adventure finishes on arrival.
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2 breakfasts
Canoe, Van
Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Orientation walk
  • Cooking Lesson
  • Dugout Canoe Lagoon Tour
  • Massage
  • Complimentary Departure Transfer


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