When it comes to listing Madagascar’s tourism assets, failing to praise “Ramena” is inconceivable. It is a seaside resort located at the northern tip of the Malagasy coast. According to experts, it is one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
“Ramena” is a beautiful beach anchored in a bay located at the northern tip of Madagascar. It is located about twenty kilometers from Antsiranana (former Diego suarez), an old town that has housed the naval base of the French army during colonial times. Its geographical distance from the nearest agglomeration is the charm of this seaside resort classified as one of the most beautiful in the world.
Everything has been designed to meet the expectations of tourists. Hotel infrastructures adapted to all levels of budgets are visible. Accommodation specialists offer suites, luxurious rooms, lodges, guests or comfortable waterfront studios. The majority of them offer gites, cutlery and transfers to the airport. Some have private beach. Others organize all year round different kinds of relaxing activities in the countryside, on the beaches or in the open sea. Excursions in the surrounding fishing villages, hiking, water sports or trips to the turquoise sea make a stay at Ramena an escape at the end of the world.
The “Sakalava Bay” and the “Emerald Sea” are conducive to kite surfing, jet skiing, snorkelling or windsurfing. The “Baie des Dunes” and the “Baie des Pigeons” are not lacking in relaxation activities. Learning and development sessions of various nautical disciplines are provided by supervisors.
Materials and equipment suitable for professionals or novices are rented at affordable prices on site. You can also go fishing on wooden canoe or boat dedicated to this purpose or practice diving or spearfishing on the high seas.
Various types of vacation rentals are available in Ramena. Prices displayed are suitable for all budget levels. As for the activities of relaxation and leisures, all was thought by the operators present on the spot to answer all the expectations.
Possible routes to reach the beach:
Usually, long haul flights connecting Madagascar to Europe land at Ivato in the capital of Madagascar or Nosy Be, the paradise island of the North. These are the only international airports on the Red Island.
To save time, you can buy a plane ticket connecting Antananarivo-Antsiranana (Diégo suarez) of the metropolis. That way, you will only have to spend a few hours in a transit to Ivato, to wait for a national flight.
If you go through Antananarivo, take a short break of 1 or 2 days. Like this, you will have the opportunity to discover the historical monuments of Antananarivo, visit the ancient royal palaces and the 12 sacred hills, to know briefly the history of Madagascar and the Malagasy civilization through the local architectures, to go along the hundreds of stone staircases connecting the neighborhoods, walking in the streets where 90% of the leading buildings serve as shops, restaurants or grocery stores and whose sidewalks are invaded by tens of thousands of stall merchants.
Lovers of atypical discoveries and adventurers can rent a car with driver or not from the tour operators. Here are the reference rates for the day for a car with driver:
– Gasoline sedan: about 45 to 50 €,
– 4X4 diesel: between 720 and 75 €,
– Bus and minibus from 6 to 20 people in the range of 65 to 100 €.
About a thousand kilometers separates Antananarivo from Ramena (via Antiranana). For tourists “backpack”, no need to worry. Bush taxi take the departure every evening to Antananarivo to lead you to Antsiranana for the modest sum of 70.000 ariary (about 22 €).
By the sea
To reach Ramena directly, you can always embark on a motorboat, a barge or a dhow whether you are in Toamasina, Morondava, Toliary, Sainte-Marie or Mahajanga.
Thanks to these means of transport, you will have the opportunity to admire the Malagasy coastline and its atypical seabed, to discover beautiful beaches preserved from the destructive hands of Man and to glimpse through the leaves of coconut trees many of fishing villages. The crossing may cause seasickness, but the show is worth it.