About Madagascar Surf Resort
“Madagascar Surf Resort boasts a fully staffed communal restaurant and bar along with a chill out area which drinks in 360-degree views of natural bushland, the beach and multiple outer-reef breaks.”
Madagascar, officially known as the Republic of Madagascar, is an Island nation in the Indian Ocean located off the east coast of Africa that comprises the fourth-largest Island in the world (of the same name) and an impressive 90 percent of bio-diversity found nowhere else on earth. Neighbouring the French territory of Reunion and the country of Mauritius to the east, Madagascar, was originally settled by people of Indonesian and African descent. Nowadays, 22 million people call the region home; 98 percent speak the native Malagasy language along with second foreign languages such as English, French and German.
Madagascar was a popular resting place for European pirates and traders between the late 1700s and early 1800s and was rumoured to be the site of the independent pirate nation of Libertalia who according to legend renounced their national identities; making their own system of government and law. They waged war against states and lawmakers, releasing prisoners and freeing slaves. Foods eaten in Madagascar reflect the influence of Southeast Asian, African, Indian, Chinese and European migrants that have settled on the island. The cornerstone of the diet is rice- in fact, the phrase ‘to eat’ in Malagasy is ‘Mihinam-Bary’ which means ‘to eat rice’. Madagascar is among the world’s main suppliers of vanilla, cloves, and ylang-ylang, and also a major supplier of coffee, lychees and shrimp.
Yep, the history of Madagascar dates all the way back to 2000 BC, but all you really need to know is that its 4,828 kilometres of raw coastline, which is considered to be one of surfing’s last frontiers, enjoys the same swells that batter South Africa and Indonesia. Madagascar showcases its best surf conditions during the months of March to September when low-pressure systems push swell up from the South Atlantic. November through to April suffer from northwest trade winds and monsoons, but May to October is Cyclone season which can be favourable for key surf spots and experienced surfers.
Pricing & Packages
|Trip Duration||Max Guests||Prices AUD From||Book|
|14 Days||8||$1900||Enquire now|
|7 Days||8||$1008||Enquire now|
- Our rates include 3 delicious healthy meals, cooked by our chef from fresh local organic produce and unlimited drinking water/tea/coffee
- Unlimited surfing
- We offer a 50% flat rate for kids aged 7-12 years old
- Children under 7 years old stay free of charge
- Prices do not include surf coaching
- Prices do not include transfer, if you would like us to take care of your transport, please talk with us about when confirming the booking
- The check ins and check outs are only on weekends
New surf breaks are constantly being discovered throughout the region and visitors can enjoy un-crowded waves from Fort Dauphin in the south to Morombe in the southwest. Ambilia Lamentsa, located on the west coast, is an eight mile stretch of coast which offers dozens of waves for surfers of varied experience levels. In the south, Lavanono (pronounced Lava-nu) is home to mellow waves and translucent water. Corre (aka Big Dong Left) is located on the west coast and offers quality waves suitable for intermediate level surfers while Ifaty Beach, located in the southwest, hosts numerous high-quality left-hand reef breaks. Ankaninoof, accessible only by boat via the Canal des Pangalanes, is home to powerful and consistent right and left reef breaks. It’s important to note and remember that Madagascar is arid and remote; waves break on reef up to four kilometres from the mainland, so do your research before arriving and ensure you’ve access to a local skipper with a traditional Pirogue – a long and narrow motorised canoe hand-carved from a single tree trunk.
Located in the remote south west, the Madagascar Surf Resort, offers its guests access to a variety of beginner-to-elite waves that are literally minutes launch from a private beach. Perhaps the most unique selling point of this incredible surf destination is the empty lineups. It’s not uncommon for guests to enjoy pumping waves with absolutely nobody else in sight. Immediately in front of the resort is Befasy – a reef break home to two lefts, two rights and an A-frame that all offer playful walls and barrels sections which break over sand and gentle reef. Guests who want to conquer further afield can take a 1.5-hour boat trip ‘three bays’ north of Befasy where they can surf Flame Bowls (a world-class left) and Jelly Babies (an easy righthander); visiting these two waves involves some forward planning, logistics and an overnight stay which can be facilitated on request by the resorts friendly staff.
Madagascar Surf Resort
Madagascar Surf Resort welcomes both non-surfers and surfers and currently operates from 1 May to 30 September; offering a seasonal window consistent with three-to-five foot waves in the shoulder season and five-to-ten foot waves throughout the months of June, July and August. The lodge boasts moderate Internet connectivity and a fully staffed communal restaurant and bar along with a chill out area that drinks in 360-degree views of natural bushland, the beach and multiple outer-reef breaks.
The lodge accepts a maximum of eight guests at any one time; it’s an operational policy that is somewhat flexible, but ultimately designed to enhance guest experience. Accommodation packages include three healthy meals (local produce) cooked by the dedicated in-house chef and unlimited water, tea and coffee. Madagascar Surf Resort offers a 50 percent flat rate for children aged seven-to-12 years old and kids under the age of seven stay free of charge. Pricing is in Euros (EU) and when booking, you’re advised to speak with the staff regarding fast-boat transfers which are approximately 30 Euros per person. Madagascar Surf Resort Bungalows rent for 75 Euros per night and feature the following amenities:
- Absolute beachfront with ocean view
- Twin bed plus extra bed available
- Private en-suite bathroom
- Service bar and snacks menu
- Deck chairs & hammock
- Daily Cleaning & Maintenance
Other activities include renting Pirogues (10 Euros per day) and sailing on the nearby lagoon; 4×4 tours of the nearby Salt Lake and nature reserve and extreme fishing adventures. The lodge has resident surf guides, but guests can engage resident surf coach Justin West who has designed a series of custom lessons for guests wanting to transition their surfing to the next level. Boasting 20 years of professional surf coaching, the man referred to as ‘JW’ offers coaching on how to clearly identify and implement surfing technique change; the management of fear and pushing personal limitation and boundaries and correct physical training along with video analysis. There’s no shops near the Resort, so don’t forget to bring your favourite shortboard; one, or two step-ups; extra wax, leashes, a ding repair kit, sunscreen, etc.
Madagascar Surf Resort is the perfect off-the-grid location; using only solar power and recycling grey water into garden water.
Speak to your Soul Surf Travel agent about flights and travel arrangements for Madagascar Surf Resort. Most international carriers fly direct to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport; in-bound guests usually connect with Madagascar Air to Antananarivo International Airport; staying overnight at the L’Chato Hotel, before continuing onto Tueur Airport the following day. Tourist Entry Visas cost approximately 35 Euros and can be purchased on arrival at Antananarivo International Airport.