Baie des Pigeons
Baie des Pigeons (Pigeon Bay) is a deserted, yet easily accessible bay located near Diego Suarez in northern Madagascar. From the village of Ramena it's only an about four kilometres walk along an unpaved, sandy road.
Starting in Ramena, the road passes the military base ORANGEA where soldiers will charge a 5,000 Ariary entry fee per person (November 2011). After some old ruins of former military buildings, the road sneaks up a small hill towards Cap Miné Lighthouse. Near the lighthouse are some canons and other remains of defense constructions built by the French Army. From there it is only a short walk to Baie des Dunes. A stroll along the beach leads to a rocky half-island, which separates Baie des Dunes from Baie des Pigeons.
Baie des Pigeons is completely isolated. At high tide the turquoise water invites for a swim. On the south side of the bay are high dunes visible, from which one has a wonderful view over the bays and the Indian Ocean. Below the dunes a path leads to Sakalava Bay, passing two more beaches of which the first one is the most beautiful. The walk from Ramena to Sakalava Bay takes between 2.5 and 3 hours.
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- Note: In 2011 there were reports of at least five non-violent robberies in the area.