In the beautiful St Luce Bay, around a 2-hour drive from Fort Dauphin, is Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge, owned by Madagascar Classic Camping, who also own Mandrare River Camp at the Ifotaka Forest. Manafiafy has a superb location on a stretch of long arched beach overlooking the bay.
The lodge itself is made up of just 5 bungalows which are discretely hidden on the edge of the forest, but are right next to the beach. There are 4 bungalows suitable for couples or friends and one family bungalow with an additional room for 2-3 children or young adults. Each bungalow has a large private verandah with hammock overlooking the spectacular bay. Local wood, thatch and stone have been used with additional modern comforts to create a real 'Robinson Crusoe' experience. All rooms have plug sockets, mosquito nets, safes and hot showers.
At the opposite end of the beach from the family villa is the main bar and dining area which is thatched and has a large deck from where most people enjoy an evening sundowner. There is also a large fireplace and cushioned area ideal to while away the evening hours. Much like at its sister property, Mandrare, food at Manafiafy is hearty, tasty and enjoyed in a social atmosphere with most people eating together. There is a continental-style breakfast of fresh fruit, croissants, pain au chocolat, cereals and eggs. Lunch is normally a fresh salad and freshly baked breads. A full service 3-course dinner is always prepared in the evening.
Not only is Manafiafy a great place to relax, but it also offers a variety of activities making full use of the land and sea. Coastal trips with picnic lunches, a visit to the fisherman's village of Manafiafy to see traditional palm mat weavers, local markets and schools, daytime and night walks in the rainforest spotting lemurs, chameleons and insects, sport fishing (extra cost), motor boat trips into the mangroves to spot birds and crocodiles, canoeing and snorkelling can all be arranged and are actively encouraged to make the most of your stay.
Also, in season, this is a superb place to view the migrating whales and the lodge even has its own viewing tower. Whale watching boat trips can also be arranged at extra cost. Manafiafy is fully solar-powered, drawing all electricity and hot water it needs from the sun. It also supports and works closely with the local community and takes its eco-tourism responsibilities very seriously. The majority of the staff are from the local community and are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and great fun!