Mahavelona Travel Guide

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Mahavelona Things to Do

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    Mahavelona beach

    by Norali Written May 25, 2003

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    Reading
    Sunbathing
    *LOL*
    Swimming
    Scuba-diving *LOL* All you want, indeed, since you are allowed to swim here, in the contrary of Toamasina heaven. Beware though to stay within the limits of coral reef.

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Mahavelona Restaurants

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    Mahavelona beach

    by Norali Updated Jul 20, 2003

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    Good food there. Warm welcome.

    Favorite Dish: Fresh seafood: grilled (camaron grillé) as well as in salad... mmm

    One of my fave: beignet de crevettes (shrimp beignet)... Delicious with some sweet-and-sour sauce dip.

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Mahavelona Nightlife

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    Sunset while returning from Mahavelona

    by Norali Updated Jul 20, 2003

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    In Mahavelona, it seems to be sunset watching and campfire with guitar serenades.

    For more hectic, see my Toamasina page..

    Dress Code: No tie required :-)))

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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Mahavelona Local Customs

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    Mahavelona beach

    by Norali Updated Jul 9, 2003

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    Something that would strike you is that women living at seaside don't usually wear swimsuit, rather wear lambaoany.

    A lamba is a rectangular piece of cotton fabrics. Its motifs are everyday life scene, with texts about love, death, patriotism...

    Holidaymakers wear swimsuit though...

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Mahavelona Warnings and Dangers

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    No off the beaten path bath :-(

    by Norali Written May 31, 2003

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    This is just a warning for those who may bath off the beaten tracks. The danger has a name and incisive teeth: SHARKS!!

    Area edged by coral reefs are safe though, and sea, sand, sun tempting!!

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Mahavelona Tourist Traps

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    Foulpointe (Mahavelona)

    by Norali Updated Jul 20, 2003

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    I still wonder myself..

    A "guide", one of the boys who tout for clients (tourists and holidaymakers) in Foulpointe beach, told me about a natural pool in the coral reef. I wanted to see and rendez-vous was made. My friends and I stepped on a "pirogue" (little boat) and the "guide" rowed till we reached the "natural pool".

    I was disappointed as it seemed to be a not so exceptional spot. I just saw an urchin and a sea cucumber. The guide told me about a water snake and looked for it for a long time. At a moment, he picked from water a long brown stuff, like soft or viscous... I am not sure it was a snake unless this one was sick... It may have been a rotten wood rod or algae or ... I don't know what...

    So, I put it here as a tourist trap.

    The only best thing I had from this "visit" to see a natural pool is the possibility to take the main picture in my Mahavelona page. Isn'it nice?

    Unique Suggestions: I don't know any way to avoid such confusing experience unless ask a hotel a restaurant personnel how it should be (the right location, the price people use to pay for that, a short description)..

    Fun Alternatives: Even better, rely on restaurant- hotel personnel to arrange excursions, visits... They would know qualified persons for guiding...

    For this reason, at least, my preference goes to Mahambo beach resort.

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