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Vohemar, also known as Iharana, is a coastal town situated on a peninsula in northern Madagascar in the district of the same name within the Sava region of the Antsiranana province. The population of Vohemar town is approximately 15,000 while including the surrounding area of Betsimisaraka, Sakalava and Tsimihety tribes, about 30,000. The name originates from Vohitra Maro, meaning where there are many villages.

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Vohemar's population is of ancient islamic origin and was perhaps the first part of Madagascar to be settled by Arabs. Various Muslim graves dating from the 17th and 18th century can be found in this area. The town was once destroyed by the Portuguese.

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A green lake, also called Andranotsara, can be found 7km to the south along the road leading towards the airport or along the beach. The lake is said to be a former village whose inhabitants were transformed into crocodiles.

The local population live from farming, livestock and fishing, while crops grown in the region include cassava, vanilla, maize, rice and peanut.

Vohemar has a hospital and an important maritime harbour. A Bank of Africa, two internet access facilities and a nightclub named Cristal (formerly Zanzibar) can be found in town. There is a domestic airport that is not serviced with regular flights but can be accessed with private planes. Approximately one small plane a week land and take off here.

Vohemar is easily accessible by road from Sambava or Ambilobe.

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Le Paradisia (also known as Maison Blanche)
Vohemar 209
Tel: +261 (0)32 50 219 57

Square de Vohemar
Boulevard Carnot, Vohemar 209
+261 (0)32 50 541 16 / +261 (0)34 10 824 35

La Residence d'Iharana
lot 39 bis Andranomasibe 1
Vohemar 209
Tel: +261 (0)32 77 192 64 / +261 (0)34 46 915 45

Kama Hotel
(Behind Lycee Technique)
Vohemar 209
Tel: +261 (0)32 58 037 64

Chambre Oceanie
Vohemar 209

Faridja Hotel
Tel: +261 (0)32 04 448 41

La Cigogne
Vohemar 209

Hotel Lotus Bleu

La baie d'Iharana
Tel: +261 (0)32 4380635 / +261 (0)20 8806381
Email: baiediharana@gmail.com
Website: www.normada.com/iharana

Hotel Sol Y Mar
Tel: +261 (0)32 4196990
Email: arthur.guichard@laposte.net

Hotel Galaxy
Tel: +261 (0)32 0250710 / +261 (0)34 0250710
Email: hotelgalaxyvohemar@yahoo.fr

Le Lagon Bleu
Tel: +261 (0)32 0439646
Email: lagon_bleu@yahoo.fr

Hotel Mily
Tel: +261 (0)32 0418070

Hotel Ortansia
Tel: +261 (0)32 0472071

Vohemar Bungalow Beach
Tel: +261 (0)32 07774442 / +261 (0)32 0268741
Email: rajaonal@yahoo.fr

Bars and restaurants


Boat service

Samy Express - Vedette Rapide
Seasonal passenger boat and taxi-brousse transfer service between Ambolobozobe and Vohemar, connecting Diego Suarez, Sambava and Antalaha.

Bicycle tours

Bike ride Vohemar to Sambava - 150 km