Salary Bay – it is heavenly
Salary is a true gem with probably the nicest totally wild white sand beach of the whole country, a long seven kilometers, with coral reefs with enchanting colors, and turquoise lagoon, and primary forest concealing wealth, still preserved. This is our an one of the best choices outside the main tourist routes of Madagascar, to offer you a real authenticity, a special contact with the beauty of our island and its inhabitants without forgetting the comfort, safety and accessibility.
Salary is a small fishing village on the west coast of Madagascar, located between Andavadoaka and Toliara. It is a full-size postcard. The Vezo fishermen (tribe of nomadic fishermen) leave early in the morning their dugout canoes equipped with makeshift sails. In the hot hours, everyone lives at the rhythm of the "mora-mora", an idle lifestyle for the Malagasy. The Salary bay is a sumptuous landscape. At the edge of the Ambatomilo lagoon, which stretches over 90 km from Ifaty-Mangily to Andavadoaka, its turquoise waters and white sand beaches out of sight make it a beautiful place, all in an immensity and a calm almost unreal. Only the slamming of the lagoon's ripples may disturb the tranquility of this virgin and still preserved nature.
Sunrises, swimming in turquoise waters, sand castles, hiking, canoe, boat, encountering an underwater, whales, and meet the baobab trees, white sand dunes and then meet the fishermen Vezo. It's a popular choice for honeymooners and divers (the local dive center is here). We can also organize whale watching.
You can of course, and we recommend it, practice scuba diving or whalewatching with us, but also,
ENJOY THESE... experiences:
take a quad and explore the surroundings. With its endless deserted beaches, impressive dunes overlooking the turquoise sea and fishing villages, and its sandy and rocky beaches lined with Baobabs, the Salary Bay area is ideally situated for quad biking. A four-wheel drive vehicle that does not require any technical skills, the quad allows short walks in the surrounding villages (including the incredible Andravony dune that dominates the entire coast) and raids in the baobab forests up to the mythical bay of assassins;
traditional or deep sea fishing. Salary Bay guarantees you fishing trips in color and excitement. Carangue, Marlin, Bonite are among the most present specimens on a totally preserved fishing site. The boat will cross passes allowing to reach off the coral reef, where you will find in abundance many species and varied big fishes such as barracudas, bonitos, tuna hammers, groupers, swordfishes, tazars... The boat: it is an open hull, 8 meters with a canopy, equipped with 2 engines (2x140 hp), flight’ sits, sounders, GPS, VHF, 5 sticks and reels Penn Inter from 9 to 25 m;
kitesurfing. Salary is certainly one of the best spots in Madagascar for Kitesurfing practice of its characteristics: regular wind conditions, its exotic setting, easy access to the lagoon, its naturally protected bay and secure space at sea on the beach, the absence of obstacles and sand bars that break the waves, not to mention the clarity of water. For initiations or if you do not have your equipment, we have partnerships with establishments in the region to rent equipment or to undertake introductory or advanced training courses with a qualified instructor who can assist beginners to discover what the Kitesurf. For more experienced people, no problem, you can bring your sail, steer and navigate;
sailing the lagoon or over reef on 'pirogues' - a whole day excursion or just for the morning, with snorkeling in the morning and picnic with lobster and a fish. The Salary Bay turquoise lagoon is preserved and has a unique coral reef consisting of three successive coral reefs;
a picnic with local fishermen. Fishermen of Vezo catch fish by a canoe, which they have borrowed from Indonesia, close to their village, consisting of simple huts, around which rowdy children always joyful. You can visit the typical Vezo village of Salary North, its school;
have a drink and merely get a massage, a tan or sleep on the beach... Massages in Salary Bay are a true art of living. Relaxing, toning or slimming. An absolute must after stiffness of the road, quad bike raids or just for some relax. Try it desserts with exotic flavors of mango, papaya, lychees ... And then at sunset, facing the sea, indulge in one of our "rum arrangee";
scuba diving in Salary. Whether you are a novice diver or a qualified diver, you will experience some of your finest dive experiences in Salary Bay thanks to the beauty, accessibility and diversity of explorable sites! Including the famous 3 wrecks of the Salary Bay reef. Diving package: All packages include the provision of your diving gear. In Salary Bay, you benefit from exceptional coaching conditions with your fully dedicated instructor.
It’s a long trip here unless you come in by private plane (here has its own airfield), but once you have arrived it is heavenly.
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