You can travel to Madagascar from France, Reunion Island, Mayotte, Mauritius… And to Sainte-Marie Island from Antananarivo, Tamatave, Soanierana Ivongo, Reunion Island and Mayotte (in season).

Transport providers


  • Tananarive (or Tana) = Antananarivo (aerial code: TNR)
  • Tamatave = Toamasina (aerial code: TMM)
  • Sainte-Marie = Nosy Boraha (aerial code: SMS)

Geographic location

Sainte-Marie is a small archipelago located on the northeast coast of Madagascar, made up of 8 islands and islets: Sainte-Marie Island, Madam Island, Isle aux Forbans, Whale Island, 3 Sandy Islets and finally the Ile Aux Nattes Island.

Ile Aux Nattes is located south of Sainte-Marie. This small piece of land does not have electricity, energy is ensured in the hotels by solar panels and generating sets, generally from 6 PM to 10:30 PM. At Analatsara’s, electricity is available 24 hours a day.

There are no cars, which provides us with remarkable calm and tranquility. Located on the west coast of Île aux Nattes, Analatsara’s guest houses are built on the beachfront, facing the ocean and offering magnificent sunsets every night over the lagoon.

Airline access

You’ll arrive in Antananarivo (Ivato airport), from where you can catch a plane to Sainte-Marie, which is served almost daily. The island’s airport is to the south of the island, just a stone’s throw away from Ile Aux Nattes.

Road + boat access

You can also reach Sainte-Marie by road from Tana to Tamatave: approx. 8 hours… Then from there to Soanierana Ivongo with another bush taxi (about 3 hours), where you will find shuttle boats crossing to Ambodifotatra.

These companies can take care of you directly from Tamatave thanks to their regular bus shuttles. The boat trip costs about 50.000 ariary.

The El Condor boat of the Blue Marine, company, a newcomer to the shuttle market.