I meant other streets than Bd. Joffre and surroundings.To see colonial-style houses hidden behind Frangipani, jacarandas, flamboyants trees (at seafront and near harbour). Several buidings of this style are in really bad shape. It's a pity since they are particular to this beautiful city.It's not that clear but at top left of my picture, you see a...more
During the day, seafront is interesting, packed of streetvendors (on stalls most of the time). Nice beach along Bd Ratsimilaho especially between Pointe Asti and Pointe Tanio, where you have a great view of the district. But "NO BATH ALLOWED IN TOAMASINA CITY !" ... for a big reason: sea there abonds in sharks especially in Bd Ivondro area where...more
I put it as a must see activity since going there for this lively ambience is quite interesting. See there locals buying things ranging from food, art to home furniture...Buy in Bazar be market * spices: - vanilla in all forms: syrup, powder, in sticks- clove- cinammon* fruits: litchis, mangoes, goyavas, jackfruit* souvenirs: shells, "lambaoany"...more
In Toamasina city suburbs, see Parc zoologique Ivoloina (project of Duke University Primate Center, to see lemurs and flora) in North Toamasina (11km from center).The project is focused on flora experimentation and lemur breeding and conservation efforts. I found this website. Have a glance to know more about their project and...more
Just before entering Toamasina city (while coming from Tana), you would see a beautiful palmtree forest (manmade though).I kind of like this. Between palmtrees, soil is covered by grass and tropical tiny plants. And birds can be seen there as well. In the past, I saw, from far, couples of green pigeons... I would have never known about green...more
Main thoroughfare in Toamasina city is Boulevard Joffre.All commercial activities are here: banks, change services, car rentals, restaurants, tea rooms, pharmacies, souvenir boutiques.All you want indeed!You can leave there your pousse-pousse and head to markets, Bazar-Bé ("Big market") and Bazar kely ("Tiny market", farer near train station).more
Nice Clean Place serving Halal Foods only, The Menu is in French but the staff can speak EnglishSpicy Curry with White Rice cost from Ar 5000 to Ar 7000Free Wifi and LCD TVOpen at 7.00~ 7.30 for Brakfast Close at 22.00 Fish Romazava, Mutton Curry with White Rice, Onion Steak with Pomme FritJuices, Coffee, Soft Drinks, Confectionery, Bakery...more
Not a restaurant but a tiny shop.A Pakistanese woman used to sell sambos she made herself. Tasteful. She didn't sell in tea room or big shop but in a shop near Bd. Joffre. It is (would be) located rue Amiral Goulette (according to a person who used to return to Madagascar and Toamasina very often). While heading to Restaurant Joffre (from center),...more
A first type of nightlife: nightlife at seafront of Toamasina suburbs . People watch sunset, then prepare for campfire, with guitar serenade, harmonica and good friends around. Stay there till late at night. This is my fave. In the past, it was possible to do that on Toamasina city seafront but not now anymore. Over there, you only have to watch...more
The Taxi Brousse station on Tamatave (Toamasina) is at Boulevard D'Andovoranio (10 minutes walk from Avenue de l'Independence (Ar 1000~1500 by Taxi Pousse Pousse)Unlike the general perception (being unsafe) I took the Night Departure to Antananariovo left Tamatave at 7.30 PM many vehicles departed and traveled in caravan and it was very safe (3...more
Though my preference goes to roadtrips, here is a link to "Domestic flights" of Air Madagascar. Air Mad liaises Antananarivo (Tana) with main Malagasy cities. See weekly time-schedule for that.http://www.airmadagascar.comA tip in the tip: it seems that it is cheaper to book your internal flights while booking your international flight to...more
A hugely used transportation means, both by locals as well as by tourists.Informative since drivers know their city by heart and fancy showing you hidden jewels.Would help you save energy, especially in summer when walking under the sun is uncomfortable (sticky...)Don't hesitate to use pousse-pousse since this is the only way for pousse-pousse men...more
Toamasina abonds in snacks and tea rooms. Indo-pakistanese snacks are common there but for sambos, try this indication: A Pakistanese woman used to sell sambosa she made herself. Tasteful. She didn't sell in tea room or big shop but in a shop near Bd. Joffre. It is located rue Amiral Goulette (according to a person who used to return to Madagascar...more
Colourful, bustling market. It opens everyday. See there locals do shopping of all kinds: food, music, pieces of furniture... Buy in Bazar be market *souvenirs: shells, "lambaoany" (cotton lambas with motives), music I would not recommend buying there artcraft except those with Ravinala leaves (local artcraft). In fact, many markets in provinces...more
Rather go to Mahavelona, Mahambo, Tahiti kely for that.
See my Mahavelona page to know about beach shores
Read "Nightlife, nightlives" part in my Toamasina page
Unique Suggestions: Go there but be cautious of whenever a Malagasy woman/ girl goes out alone, she would "sell her company"
Just beware of health risks and viruses in prostitution population...
Fun Alternatives: Ask holidaymakers about other types of nightlife.. If you are lucky enough, they may invite you to join them... not to feel alone.
Luggage and bags:
Blanket to cover camera, tools, luggage if you have to camp, have a trip in Lakandranon' Ampanalana with motorboat
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Impermeable light coat (K-way) for the rainy weather
Walking shoes for city and another pairs for swamp to see lush flora and fauna in humid areas.-
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anti-malaria treatment; extra-units of your usual medical supplies; extra-units of lenses and cleaning products; High SPF lotions and sun blocks. Medical prescriptions of medicines you use to take (in case, you lose a luggage with your medicines in it).
Photo Equipment: Ad hoc tools for underwater pics
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Pants if you have to trekk in swamp areas
I put it here since it is a restaurant I discovered while travelling with my uncle in Toamasina.Well, my uncle is a kind of adventurer in life. I saw and made with him things I would have never done with my quite conventional Dad and Mum. And this travel with him was really different from my Toamasina trips with my parents.As for restaurant, he...more
This happened during a trip I made with my uncle. Well, you may have read somewhere in my Toamasina page about this uncle. A quite adventurous and cool guy. Doing things with him just leads through off the beaten tracks.For this trip, we arrived at night in Taxi-brousse area since we travelled via public taxi-brousse (travel in a sedan car with 8...more
See my Toamasina city must-see activity tips for that.In addition, hunting in forests is possible as well (in Tana- Toamasina tip). Though, I don't know if it's legal...And yes, since it's my page, let's face it: my opinion on that doesn't go in favour of hunters... I've never hunted but listed it here as possibility apart from Beach activities...more
30 Days Tourist Visa can be extended in Tamatave by visiting the Immigration Office at Rue Lieutenant Berad (about 700 feet left turn from Boulevard Joffre/BM Madagascar Intersection)
For further 60 days visa extensionto Ar 80,000.00 to be paid at Ministry of Commerce which is about a km away near the Port, the Immigration Office staff can do this on your behalf for a FEE, I paid 110,000 in total and got this done in 30~45 minutes. They will stamp the passport and the original payment receipt will be pasted on the same page..
1 Request Letter in French (Can be done by the Typist at the office)
1 Copy of Passport Photo/Data Page
1 Copy of Original Visa Page
1 Copy of Air Ticket showing the return date
1 Hotel Registration Form (Fiche d'Hotel they call it) duly signed and sealed by hotel
2 Passport Size Colored Photos
Official Fee Ar 80,000 (60 Days extension) and Ar 30,000 speed money for facilation/typing application (optional)
Office Timing: 9 to 12.00 and 15.00 to 16.30 Sat/Sun Off