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Welcome to Antsiranana Bay

Antsiranana Bay

Formerly known as Diégo Suarez Bay, and boasting one of the finest natural harbours in the world, Antsiranana Bay is a vibrant and cosmopolitan seaport located at the northernmost tip of Madagascar, overlooking a beautiful gulf. Named after the two Portuguese explorers who discovered the island, there are wonderful lakes, rainforests and waterfalls to explore while in Antsiranana, and wildlife such as lemurs, crocodiles and an array of indigenous birds can be viewed. The beach at Ramena is a great place to spend a lazy day, while others can take a boat to nearby Nosy Be to explore the sandy beaches and lush inland.

Information & Facts

Malagasy is the official language, but French is used in business and government and is widely spoken in the main cities in Madagascar. A few people involved in the tourism industry might be able to speak some English, but it is not widely spoken.

The official currency is the Malagasy ariary (MGA), which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc. Coins and notes display both currencies, but newer notes display the ariary more prominently than the franc. One ariary is equal to five francs. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux de change, but the ariary cannot be changed back into hard currency. Some banks will only accept US dollars or Euro. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at most banks and in major hotels, but some banks refuse to accept them. ATMs are available in Antananarivo. Most major credit cards are starting to be accepted in top hotels and major travel agencies in the capital and other major towns, but have limited usage elsewhere.

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