Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge sits nestled into a forest-fringed cove on a tranquil stretch of white sand beaches rarely seen by anyone other than the local fishermen that have lived here for generations.  Each of our five luxury thatched bungalows offer a private terrace just inches from the sea where you can go for an early morning swim or watch the dugout canoes come and go in search of fish and lobsters.

Here you will find mangrove forests that twist and stretch inland from the cove only to give way to breathtaking rainforests that are home to a number of diurnal and nocturnal lemur species as well as a vast array of incredible chameleons and birds. Come and relax by the sea or search the forests and mangroves for endemic species of wildlife and flora.

The delicious meals are taken in our open, thatched dining area of Ravinala. Depending on your preference, you can enjoy the perfect sunset by our outdoor campfire or enjoy an aperitif in our lounge area by the fireplace. Continental breakfast consisting of fresh fruit, fluffy croissants, pain au chocolat, cereals, eggs and other delicacies is either served in the public dining area or on the private terrace. Between the activities, a selection of delicious local specialities awaits you for your daily lunch. The evening 3-course menu is the culinary highlight of the day - freshly caught fish and lovingly prepared creations await our guests. Of course, our kitchen takes special wishes and incompatibilities into account when preparing all dishes. All meals and drinks including wine and spirits are included in the price.

Each of the rooms leads directly to a pristine white sandy beach with azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The four luxury bungalows and one family villa are discreetly tucked along the edge of the forest, all with private wooden terraces and stunning views across the bay. These rooms meld local wood, ravinala thatch and stone with modern comforts to create the perfect feel-good atmosphere.​ Each accommodation offers a private terrace with hammock, a super king-sized and a single bed, 270° windows, a full en-suite with hot fresh water, a walk-in shower, 24h solar electric, 220V sockets, indoor and outdoor seating areas, mosquito nets, ocean view, sun loungers and a room safe.





 

The Activities

At Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge nature is your playground with distant mountains, lush rainforests, white sand beaches and lapping waters of the Indian Ocean all at your doorstep. The lodge takes full advantage of our location straddling land and sea to offer you a rich variety of sea, shore and rainforest-based activities. All of these are included in your stay at no extra cost, unless otherwise indicated.

Choice of activities: Whale watching lookout tower, Open air massage pavilion, Coastal trip with picnic lunch, Fisherman's village of Manafiafy, Traditional palm mat weavers, Visits to local markets and schools, Daytime and nighttime walks in the rainforest spotting lemurs, chameleons and insects, Whale watching (Extra cost), Sport fishing (Extra cost), Motor boat trips into the mangroves, Canoeing.














 

April

This is the beginning of the dry season with beautiful sunny days. Great for the fisherman and the rainforest at this time is active especially with collared brown lemurs.

May

The weather cools down to a lovely 24C as the southern hemisphere’s winter is approaching. This is a great time to spot the Madagascar Pigmy Kingfisher in one of the three community managed forests around the Lodge.

June

June is the coolest month with daytime temperatures of 200 – 240 C. Humpback whales begin to arrive in the bay of Sainte Luce (where Manafiafy Lodge is located) for their annual 6 month visit. The whales come here to mate and birth their calves, using the shelter of the bay to teach their young. 26th June is Madagascar’s Independence Day and is the biggest celebration on the island. In Manafiafy village, festivities include music, dancing and a colourful parade.

July

Nights are fairly cool in July and stories of the day’s adventures are exchanged around the fire place in our beachside restaurant. This is a great time for deep sea fishing, whale watching and snorkeling. Bait fishing species include: Dorado/MahiMahi, Grouper, Red Snapper, Sea Bass, Sea Bream, and South African Kob. Trawling species include: Albacore/Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda, Giant Trevally, King Mackerel, Rainbow Runner/Spanish Jack, Sailfish, and Wahoo.

August

Red-collared brown lemurs give birth to their young. It is such a pleasure to watch the pups hitch a ride on their mothers as they leap through the rainforest. August can be fairly windy but there are always calm days for whale watching and fishing.

September

September is a great time for spotting the Flying Foxes that inhabit the neighboring rainforest. The Madagascan flying fox is the largest of the island’s 3 endemic fruit bat species. We visit them in the late afternoon to see them roosting and then watch them fly off at dusk in search of food. It is also the month where southern woolly lemurs give birth, offering excellent photo opportunities. This is also one of the best times to see whales.

October

As winter comes to an end and the weather heats up (300C in the daytime), all of the lemur species are very active. The warmer nights make it an ideal time for an overnight getaway on one of the bay’s uninhabited islands. It is also a good time to see the various endemic bird species in the 40km mangrove network near the Lodge. This can be done either by kayak or motorboat and offers stunning views over the mountains and lakes. October offers fantastic whale watching. You can observe a variety of behaviors such as lob tailing, breaching and the peduncle slap.

November

In November Dwarf lemurs come out of hibernation and are very active. The best time to see them is during a night walk in the rainforest. Brookezia Nasus, the elongated leaf chameleon, one of the smallest chameleons in Madagascar is another highlight of our night walks along with the amazing Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko. There is wonderful beach weather at this time of year as the days are warm and sunny with little wind. Around mid-month, the humpback whales leave our shores for the year. Snorkeling is excellent all month long.

December

December is one of the best months for beach activities including fishing, snorkeling and lazing around! The ever playful pods of dolphins are just a boat ride away and regularly come into the bay where they can be spotted from the Lodge’s beach. It’s also a great time to explore some of the uninhabited islands near the lodge with a Robinson Crusoe style picnic. After a day spent on the island you can watch the fisherman come in with their daily catch. New Year’s Eve celebrations in neighboring village include beautiful performances of traditional Antanosy music.

January

The first week of January is always exciting as the lobster season opens and we have our annual lobster feast to celebrate. Beautiful flowers like, hibiscus, Angraecum sesquipedale Orchidea (one ofMadagascar’s over 1,000 Orchid species) make their appearance and brighten the area of Sainte- Luce.

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