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Maroantsetra is a town on the north east coast of Madagascar overlooking Antongil Bay, which by its 60×30 kilometres area is the second largest bay in Madagascar. Maroantsetra is at the northern end of this bay.

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The estimated population of the town and surrounding area is 22,503 (2005).

Betsimisaraka and Tsimihety tribes comprise the majority of the population in Maroantsetra. Maroantsetra literaly means "many spears" in Malagasy language.

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Maroantsetra is the main entry point to the Masoala National Park and Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve as well as the location of the Madagascar National Parks authority headquarters.

With an annual rainfall of about 5,000mm, Maroantsetra is perhaps the wettest town area in Madagascar. The surroundings have therefore developed a highly diverse and dense forests. The driest months are November and December.

Daily life is determined by agricultural cycles, such as the plantation, gathering, processing and trade of vanilla and other spices.

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Hotels and restaurants in Maroantsetra

Coco Beach (10 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)20 5772006

Relais du Masoala (15 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)32 4021381 (mobile)

Masoala Resort (11 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)33 1105152 (mobile)
Email: or

Hôtel du Centre (rooms & bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)20 5772131

Manga Beach Hotel
Lot R1 011 Androkaroka - BP 73 Maroantsetra
Tel: +261 (0)32 54 795 04 / +261 (0)34 07 019 77

Hotel Antongil (8 rooms)

Maroa Hotel (6 bungalows)

La Pagode (7 bungalows)

Florida Snack

Hotels and restaurants Masoala peninsula

BP 61, 512 Maroantsetra
Reservations office in Maroantsetra map:
Tampolodge in Masoala map:
Tel: +261 (0)32 4271337 / +261 (0)34 3174797
Email: /

Masoala Birding Camp
Tel: +261 (0)32 86 938 84

S 15°42.943'
Tel: +261 (0)32 86 938 84 / +261 (0)32 70 346 95

Masoala Village Lodge
S 15°42.885'
Tel: +261 (0)32 86 938 84

Masoala Forest Lodge

How to get from Antananarivo to Maroantsetra

The easiest and surely qickest way to reach Maroantsetra is by plane. There is a domestic airport 8km from town. As Air Madagascar approaches Maroantsetra only ... times a week using a small plane, free seats are often sold out. Spontaneous travellers might have a problem obtaining a ticket.

Another option but surely not ideal for everyone is to go by private car or taxi-brousse. Although the RN2 from Antananarivo to Toamasina is in very good condition, the northern part of the RN5 running along the east coast is often impassable. The usually 2 days car journey between Toamasina and Maroantsetra can easily change into a 3-4 days adventure throughout the rainy season.

The third option is a combination of taxi-brousse and boat transfer. There are numerous taxi-brousses leaving Tana direction Toamasina in the early morning hours. For those who don't want to wait until the taxi-brousse is finally filled up with enough passengers or simply want to have a seat for themselves should go by Cotisse Transport. The ticket is slightly more expensive (24,000 Ariary in 2015), but the buses leave on time and have free Wifi. The Tana-Toamasina stretch takes between 6 and 8 hours. In Toamasina one can jump on a pousse-pousse to get to the Melissa Express office. Melissa Express offers boat services between Toamasina and Maroantsetra. As the boat goes only twice a week, one should not hesitate to buy one of the rare tickets (180,000 Ariary in 2015). The boat leaves from Soanierana Ivongo, a small town 163km north of Toamasina. The transfer to the boat takes about 4 hours and is included in the ticket price. A regular taxi-brousse costs (10,000 Ariary, 2015). From Soanierana Ivongo the boat leaves after midnight usually between 2am and 3am and arrives after a stop in Mananara about 8 hours later in Maroantsetra.

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