7-night Masoala Adventure

How your days at the lodge could be spent

Packages

Masoala Forest Lodge offers 3, 4, 7, 10 and 11-night packages.

3 and 10 night tours always begin on a Sunday.

4 and 11 night tours always begin on a Wednesday.

7 night tours may begin on either Sunday or Wednesday.

Each reservation includes a private guide who is available 24/7 and will assist with planning and selecting your activities.

Activities on offer

• Guided walks in the primary and coastal forests

• Birding, mammal and reptile spotting in the lodge area and surrounding forests

• Guided river trip in a traditional dugout canoe

• Whale-watching by boat or by kayak (seasonal: mid June to mid September)

• Guided walks to nearby cascades

• Guided nocturnal walks

• Cultural visit to the local village and rice fields

• Sunset sail in a dugout outrigger canoe

• Self-guided or guided sea kayaking

• Self-guided or guided snorkelling at and around the lodge

• Self-guided or guided exploration of the lodge’s private forest reserve

• Private candlelit dinner on the sea deck

• Complimentary tastings of Malagasy rums infused with local fruits and spices

• Massage at the Masoala Forest Lodge SPA Tent

The sample itinerary below will give you an idea how your days in Masoala could be spent.

For more detailed information about our available excursions, please download the MFL Activity Guide using the link at the end of this page.

Sample Itinerary for the 7 night Masoala Adventure

  • intin-day1

    Day 01

    • Scheduled charter from Antananarivo to the small coastal trading town of Maroantsetra.
    • Meet our team, road transfer to our harbour and boat across Antongil Bay to Masoala Forest Lodge.
    • Meet your guide and the lodge managers and settle into camp.
    • Enjoy the sunset with a drink at the beach fire followed by dinner.
    • Once you have settled comfortably into your bungalow, meet the other guests for sundowners around a fire on the beach.
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    Day 02

    • After a leisurely breakfast head to the primary forest in search of Red Ruffed Lemurs, Helmet Vangas and an array of other rainforest wildlife.
    • After lunch enjoy snorkelling and swimming in front of the camp, and after dinner the adventure of a forest night walk.
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    Day 03

    • A relaxed start to the day and breakfast on the sea deck.
    • Take a short walk to visit the Betsimisaraka people.
    • We will stop by the Masoala preschool before continuing to the local village of Ambodiforaha.
    • Here we interact with the villagers, learn about their lifestyle and culture and enjoy a performance by the local dance group.
    • A spice market with local crafts completes the experience.
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    Day 04

    • Breakfast on the sea deck.
    • Traverse the unusual rock formations of Tampolo point by kayak. Stop for a swim on the beach at the “Sacred Island” and then continue your paddle into a pristine mangrove and forested river, with the chance of spotting Blue-spotted stingrays in the shallow water or perhaps the Lesser Bamboo lemurs crossing the river.
    • Paddle back to the lodge for lunch and spend another afternoon lounging in our beach hammocks or exploring the lodge’s various reefs.
    • Sundowners around the fire on the beach and dinner in the lodge.
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    Day 05

    • Breakfast on the sea deck.
    • Sunday An exciting full-day trip lies ahead of you, exploring the most beautiful section of coast on the Masoala peninsula.
    • Take a 30 min boat trip to Saholaina-a beautiful beach with coral-rich waters great for snorkelling or swimming. Then make your way to the Antalaviana River, a river that cascades down from the densely forested hills above.
    • You can swim in the crystal-clear water at the foot of the falls and sunbathe on a rock.
    • After a relaxing picnic on the beach, begin your adventurous coastal walk back to the lodge through forest and along many secluded beaches.
    • On your walk back to the lodge you can visit the village of Marofototra. You will cross multiple rivers see the remnants of a colonial railway and learn about the history of the region.
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    Day 06

    • A day to spend as you choose – perhaps sun bathing on one of the private beaches, birding and mammal spotting on the private forest trails at the lodge, or relaxing with a good book and a cold drink in the hammock on your private veranda.
    • In the afternoon take the sailing boat out for a sunset cruise and on return to camp join the bonfire before dinner.
    • Find some of the many nocturnal species afterwards on a night walk.
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    Day 07

    • A day to spend as you choose – perhaps sun bathing on one of the private beaches, birding and mammal spotting on the private forest trails at the lodge, or relaxing with a good book and a cold drink in the hammock on your private veranda.
    • Alternatively, take the opportunity to return to the primary forest in search of more endemic wildlife.
    • Sundowners around the fire on the beach and dinner in the lodge.
  • intin-nosy

    Day 08

    • Today after a leisurely breakfast we head back by boat to Maroantsetra to catch your scheduled charter flight to Antananarivo and your onward travel arrangements.
  • The above itinerary is just an example of how you can spend your days at our remote resort. Your guide and our staff will help you build the perfect program based on your interests and the weather on your arrival.