Ifaty on the south west coast of Madagascar offers the perfect chance to combine wildlife viewing with time on the beach. Offshore there is coral reef to explore whilst on the land is the famous spiny forest which includes around 1,000 baobabs and is home to a variety of bird species to spot. After exploring the flora and fauna, relax on the beach and take in local life.
Ifaty is a fishing village just north of Tulear on the south west coast of Madagascar, but offers plenty more than just the chance to relax on the lovely beach. There is excellent snorkelling and scuba diving on offer with the Massif des Roses coral reef just offshore which is protected by the Ranobe Marine Reserve and between July and October it is also possible to go on whale-watching trips. Alternatively take to the seas with a local fisherman in their traditional pirogue fishing boat, offering a unique insight into their way of life.
Back on land, Ifaty offers plenty to keep budding naturalists occupied with Reniala Forest protecting a unique spiny forest of drought-resistant trees which have adapted to their environment, including 1,000 baobabs. There is plenty of birdlife to be spotted here, with early morning visits before sunrise recommended for particularly keen birders who wish to see the sub-desert mesite and long-tailed ground roller. As with many parts of Madagascar the forest is also home to a number of lemurs, so make sure you look up to see them nestled in the branches.