Antalaha, pronounced Antala (the last laugh is silent), is a coastal town located on the north east coast of Madagascar. Antalaha is known for being the capital of vanilla, since its introduction in the last 19th century.
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 can be reached by land, sea or air. The quickest and maybe most comfortable way of transport is by plane. Antalaha has an airport about ten kilometres out of town which is serviced by Air Madagascar. A tared road in good condition connects Antalaha with Sambava in the north. The 80 kilometres drive by taxi-brousse takes about 1½ hours. Other available and more adventurous routes are a 3-5 days hike across the Masoala peninsula starting from Maroantsetra or via Cap Est. Sometimes it is possible to get a lift on a cargo boat on the way to/from Maroantsetra, Sainte Marie or Toamasina (Tamatave).
Private Botanical Reserve
Hotels in Antalaha
Re-opened in 2007, this hotel has 22 beds.
Tel: +261 (0)32 0500065
This tastefully furnished ocean lodge has several bungalows, a restaurant, bar and an internet access service.
Tel: +261 (0)32 0234069
Tel: +261 (0)32 0752090 / +261 (0)34 0195020
Hôtel Chez Nanie
Tel: +261 (0)32 0223251
Tel: +261 (0)32 4155512 / +261 (0)32 0716190
Hotel-resto Fleur de Lotus
Tel: +261 (0)32 0220068
Hotel La Liane
Tel: +261 (0)32 3477154
Tel: +261 (0)32 0239729
Hotel Le Cocotier
Tel: +261 (0)32 0429730 / +261 (0)32 0486425
Restaurant Chez Ndriana
Tel: +261 (0)32 0544176