Anakao is a small beautiful Vezo fishing village situated on a long stretched beach about 40km south of Tulear, where life can be very relaxed.
Due to the bad road condition, the village is best reached by boat from Tulear, which usually take about one hour. During low tide, the transfer begins with a short oxcard ride onto the seabead to reach the pirogue or motorboat. The various hotels in Anakao provide a transfer which can be booked in Tulear harbour from where the boat leaves.
A few basic hotels are strewn over the coastline of the village. These are mostly beach huts, providing a 'life on the beach' experience. Early in the morning countless pirogues can be seen leaving the direction of the open ocean for fishing and returning like sailing regattas with their catch in the afternoon.
Behind the village are some tombs, decorated with oars/rudders or zebu horns in memory of the dead. South of the village fragments of eggshells of the world's largest bird, the now extinct Aepyornis or elephant bird, can be found (it is illegal to take them out of the country).
The small uninhabited islands of Nosy Ve and Nosy Satrana are located just outside of Anakao which are popular destinations for day visitors. Both islands can reached by a short pirogue ride from the mainland.
Hotels and beach huts in Anakao
Bivouac Lalandaka/Chez Olivier (6 bungalows)
Tel: +260 (0)32 0434142 or +261 (0)32 0227520
Safari Vezo (23 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)20 9441381 (Tulear) or +261 (0)32 0263887 (Anakao)
Hotel La Reserve (6 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)32 0214155
Chez Solange & Christophe (3 rooms)
Tel: +261 (0)32 0418093
Longo Veza (7 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)94 43764 or +261 (0)32 02631
Trano Mena / Chez Stoick (6 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)32 0213426 or +261 (0)32 0265900
Chez Emile (6 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)32 0402376