Antalaha, pronounced Antala (the last laugh is silent), is a coastal town in the north east, known for being the vanilla producing capital of Madagascar.
A long and beautiful beach often with huge waves is part of the scenery. The area is regularly affected by heavy cyclones. In 2004 and in 2007 virtually all its vanilla crops and much of the town was destroyed, but this is a town which always seems to know how to rebuild itself.
Antalaha has an airport which is serviced by Air Madagascar. The town can also be reached by road from Sambava in about 1½ hours. Other available and more adventurous routes are a 3-5 days hike across the Masoala peninsula from Maroantsetra or via Cap East, or a journey by a cargo ship from Maroantsetra or Toamasina (Tamatave).
Hotels in Antalaha
Re-opened in 2007, this hotel has 22 beds.
Tel: +261 (0)32 0500065
This tastefully furnished ocean lodge has a total of 18 beds and two bungalows, a restaurant, bar and an internet access service.
Tel: +261 (0)20 8881030 or +261 (0)32 0234069
Tel: +261 (0)32 4076574
Hôtel Chez Nanie
Tel: +261 (0)32 0223251
Other hotels in town include: Hotel du Centre, Hotel Eden, Hotel Florida, Le Cocotier and Hotel Nanie.
Radio and TV
- Projet d'Analalava - a Swiss-managed organisation which arranges various treks in the Masoala National Park.
- Razia Said is a Malagasy born musician from Antalaha.