Ile Sainte Marie

The pirate Blackbeard
Stunning natural beauty
Whale watching

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Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

Madagascar’s Ile Sainte Marie – the secret of Blackbeard’s success? 

Join us on an MSC Cruises’ South Africa cruise holiday and visit the tropical paradise of Ile Sainte Marie. It was once home to the pirate Blackbeard, and when you take in its lush forestscoral reefs and endless miles of palm-fringed beaches, you will see why he was able to attract so many wives.
Also known as Nosy Baraha, it’s a narrow island located off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and a neighbour to Nosy Be Island, one of the ports of call for MSC cruise liners.

Like Madagascar, Ile Sainte Marie is characterised by its stunning natural beauty. You will find miles of sandy beaches shaded by coconut palms, bays and coves full of coral reefs, lush green hills and forests alive with the sound of waterfalls, exotic birds and lemurs.

Nature lovers will be in their element here, and you can leave your cruise ship for the day to enjoy one of our excursions that cover the best the island has to offer.

From spotting humpback whales (July to October) to seeking out rare orchids in their native habitat (including the Queen of Madagascar), taking a boat trip out to the nearby Ile aux Nattes (also known as the Ile aux Sables), and enjoying some world class diving, snorkelling, or a glass-bottom boat ride.

Whichever you choose you’ll definitely be aha!-ing, just like Blackbeard whom you can visit in the must-see pirate cemetery on Rogue Bay, along with the notorious William Kidd. See you there, me hearties.

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    Direction

    The cruise terminal is close to the city centre, however it is located in an industrial area off a highway.
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    Port Terminal

    Address of the Terminal
    ZIPCODE CITY

    Tel.. +00 000 0000000
    Fax. +00 000 0000000
    e-mail:  email@emailaddress.it
    Página web:  www.terminalwebsite.com

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    Madagascar

    Una reserva natural del tamaño de todo un condado
    Una reserva natural del tamaño de todo un condado

    Un crucero por Madagascar a la búsqueda de lo extravagante y de lo exótico rara vez decepciona. Este gigantesco y verde laboratorio de teorías de la evolución se separó de África hace tanto tiempo que ha desarrollado una asombrosa variedad de flora y fauna endémicas.

    Muchas de sus especies son realmente peculiares, desde gecónidos que se camuflan a la perfección hasta camaleones y ranas de colores chillones. Pero los protagonistas de unas vacaciones en Madagascar, las criaturas que todo el mundo quiere ver, son los acrobáticos lémures, de grandes ojos y tierna mirada.

    Incluso los paisajes tienen algo sobrenatural: si los recorres a lo ancho y a lo largo, te sorprenderán los extraños pináculos dentados, las colinas con bultos y los imponentes baobabs. La cultura malgache también es muy peculiar. A día de hoy, aún sobreviven muchas de las costumbres lingüísticas y culturales de los primeros habitantes de la isla, que eran malayo-polinesios. Los visitantes oirán hablar a menudo de fady, que quiere decir “tabú”: hechos que deberían evitarse por miedo a ofender a sus antepasados y alterar así el equilibrio del mundo.

    Por ejemplo, señalar un objeto sagrado o bañarse en algunos ríos, es fady. Ser cuidadoso con esas costumbres te ganará su respeto, y es fundamental si te invitan a algún ritual tradicional como el Famadihana, el Regreso de la Muerte.