Ile Sainte Marie

Ile Sainte Marie

The Ile Sainte Marie lies off the east coast of Madagascar. The island’s array of protected bays and inlets drew pirates to Ile Sainte Marie during the 17th and 18th centuries, and the wrecks of several pirate ships can still be viewed from the shallow waters of the Baie des Forbans.

Today the island is one of the top tourist attractions in Madagascar. The still, clear waters of the island’s bays make ideal spots for snorkeling. Migrating humpback whales visit the island waters during summer and early fall.

The channel between Sainte-Marie island and Madagascar is a hot spot for whale watching. Substantial groups of humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to this idyllic breeding place. These quiet giants find conditions here that are favourable for the growth of their young and well suited to their courtship and acrobatic games before their big return toward the cold seas.

At Sainte Marie, the inhabitants are attached to traditions. The social or family events are faithfully linked to practices invoking the ancestors’ spirits. The wealth and variety of these rituals underline the authenticity and depth of the “Saint-marien” cultural identity.

http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-madagascar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%8Ele_Sainte-Marie


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