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Morondava is a charming coastal town and capital of the Menabe region in south west Madagascar. Morondova was once a centre of the Sakalava Kingdom and a popular stop-over for sailors. Nowadays the area is rich in sugar cane and rice farming and remains a popular stop-over amonst visitors in the form of tourists seeking to experience the more remote parts of Madagascar.

Beach at Nosy Kely pensinsula in Morondova
Sandy road at Nosy Kely pensinsula
Zebu owners
Zebu market
Lady with fish
Zebu cart
Zebu cart at sugar cane field

As the population has grown in the region the forests have also been gradually cut down, except the baobab trees which the locals has preserved for religious reasons. However, unfortunately deforestation continues in large parts including some of the remaining baobabs to make way for sugar cane plantations.

Morondava can be reached by a 700km drive from Antanarivo. However, the road conditions in the latter part of the journey, being the 120km between Miandrivazo and Malaimbandy are especially poor and can take six hours. The entire drive can take between 11 and 18 hours. As such, Morondava is best reached by plane. There are daily flights by Air Madagascar connecting Antanarivo and Tulear.

Beach at Nosy Kely
Beach at Nosy Kely
Baobab fruits
Baobab trunk

Nearby attractions include Tsingy de Bemaraha (150 km north), Kirindy Forest (40km northeast) and the Baobab Avenue (15km east). Some 70km south is Belo sur Mer

Taxi de la mer (sea taxi) twice weekly between Morondava and Belo sur Mer and takes around 2.5 hours. The price is 50,000 each way. Tickets can be booked at the office in the port or via Hatea Café. Tel: +261 032 0469261 or email:


Morondava offers plenty of accommodation alternatives, ranging from cheap backpacker rooms to comfortable beach bungalows. The hotels are either in the town or on Nosy Kely peninsula, a few minutes walk from the town centre.

Baobab Café
Tel: +261 9552012
Email: or
Website: or

Chez Maggie
Tel: +261 9552347

Hôtel Les Bougainvilliers
Tel: +261 20 95 52163

La Piroge (about 30km north of town in a small Makao fishing village across a river)
Tel: ++261 32 07 782 93

Les Mantalys (near the airport)
Tel: +261 32 42 04 877

Les Philaos (managed by same company as Hotel Central)
Tel: ++261 2095 520 81

Morondava Beach
Tel: +261 2095 523 18
Email: Website:

Le Reniala au Sable d'Or
Tel: +261 2095 520 89
Email: N/A

Tel: +261 2095 520 69

Hotel Le Betalage
Tel: +261 9552732
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Cheval de Mer
Tel: N/A
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Zoom Hotel
Tel: +261 9592059
Email: N/A

Hôtel L'Oasis
Tel: +261 9552222

Hôtel Central
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