CITY TOUR OF DIEGO SUAREZ
Sightseeing, Shopping, Tasting
Immerse yourself in the city of Diego Suarez to enjoy its cosmopolitan atmosphere and colonial charm, with breathtaking views over the bay, time for shopping and a welcome break with juice and fresh fruit.
What we will see
- Diego Suarez
- Views over the bay and Nosy Lonjo
- Montagne des Français
- Rue Colbert
- Central market and craft shops
- Break with juice and fresh fruit
What we will do
- Leaving the port by local minibus, we head off to explore the city of Antsiranana, commonly known as Diego Suarez after the two Portuguese seafarers who discovered the bay in the 14th century.
- Our first stop is at a panoramic viewpoint from where we can admire the bay, the second largest in the world with 156 km of coast, embellished with the small island of Nosy Lonjo, known as Pain de Sucre or Sugar Loaf, that juts out of the blue mirror of water in the bay where dolphins and turtles may be seen.
- We then head towards the Montagne des Français, where we'll have the opportunity to take photographs of the majestic baobab trees, typical of Madagascar, that grow in the area.
- Returning towards the city centre we arrive at Rue Colbert, where historic colonial buildings alternate with more modern constructions, bringing its warm atmosphere to life.
- A visit to the lively central market gives us a snapshot of the daily lives of the local population, while a stop at some craft shops offers an irresistible opportunity to purchase exotic souvenirs.
- Our tour also includes a welcome break with a snack of fresh fruit and juice to recharge our batteries before returning to the port.
What you need to know
- Transport and facilities in Madagascar are not necessarily of the standard usually found in developed countries.
- Given the large number of vehicles used, we cannot guarantee that a member of the ship’s crew will be on hand to assist with communication.
- The vehicles used in this excursion are small in size and are not equipped with air-conditioning.
- Guides in each language are available in limited numbers; if there are no available guides in English, the excursions will be conducted in French.