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

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    Tel. +00 000 0000000
    Fax. +00 000 0000000
    E-mail:  email@emailaddress.it
    Site:  www.terminalwebsite.com

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    Madagascar

    Uma reserva natural do tamanho de um país
    Uma reserva natural do tamanho de um país

    Um cruzeiro para Madagascar em busca do incomum e do exótico raramente deixa a desejar. Este gigante e verdejante laboratório da teoria da evolução foi separado da África continental por tempo suficiente, tendo dado origem a uma surpreendente variedade de flora e fauna endêmicas.

    Muitas de suas espécies nativas são francamente bizarras, desde as imaculadamente camufladas lagartixas até os escabrosamente coloridos camaleões e sapos. Estrelas de uma viagem para Madagascar, e criaturas que todos querem ver, são os acrobáticos lêmures com seus olhos lustrosos e engraçadinhos.

    Até mesmo as paisagens são um pouco estranhas – passeie muito e você se maravilhará com as montanhas estranhas, com cumes e colinas irregulares e com os baobás troncudos de Madagascar. A cultura de Madagascar também é muito característica. Muitos dos costumes linguísticos e rituais dos primeiros habitantes da ilha, que foram os malaio-polinésios, permanecem até hoje. Os visitantes ouvirão falar muito nos fady, que significam taboos – atos que devem ser evitados com receio de ofender os ancestrais e de desequilibrar o mundo natural.

    Apontar para objetos sagrados ou tomar banho em certos rios, por exemplo, são fady. Ao respeitar estas convenções você ganhará respeito e isso é essencial se você for convidado para um ritual tradicional como os Famadihana, a Virada dos Ossos.