Yoga Retreat

Yoga in the rainforest

***Group Bookings Only***

The idea for a yoga retreat came from our guests: “This place is ideal for yoga”. Now we are excited to offer the first Yoga Retreat in the Masoala Forest Lodge – a place designed as an eco-haven to touch lightly on the earth, to allow an intimate experience of this unique environment and all the diverse species that call it home, to provide a sense of adventure and conservation.

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About Our Yoga Retreat

This offer is for Yoga schools and teachers who are looking for a new destination for a yoga retreat. The lodge can accommodate yoga groups of 10-16 people. The itinerary below is meant as a suggestion, which can be adjusted to your needs.

Yoga Sessions

There will be two yoga sessions per day, each 1 1/2 – 2 hours in duration, morning and late afternoon. There will be sessions on the beach, on the deck over the water and in the forest. This will deepen and enrich the sense of joy and belonging in life that comes from doing yoga.

Suggested Itinerary

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    Day 01

    • You are met on arrival at Maroantsetra airport and transfer to the boat for the voyage across Antongil Bay to the Masoala Forest Lodge. The journey takes around two hours, with the possibility of dolphin and whale sightings in season and the forested mountains of the Masoala Peninsula as a dramatic backdrop to the destination.
    • On arrival at the lodge beach, you are welcomed ashore and settle into camp.
    • After freshening up in the accommodation, lunch is served in the beach house.
    • The afternoon activities include exploring the beaches and coastal forest in the lodge area and maybe enjoying a swim in the sea, before taking a guided walk along the coast past Tampolo Point, with the possibility of spotting white-fronted brown lemurs in the coastal forest.
    • Return to camp for sundowners around the fire on the beach and dinner in the lodge.
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    Day 02

    • Awaken early for coffee and breakfast on the sea deck before setting off on the day’s adventure.
    • Today this is a walk down the coast and up into the primary rainforest in search of the Red-ruffed lemurs, Dwarf chameleons and other wildlife endemic to this forest.
    • After some hours in the dense forest with the giant hardwoods and majestic tree ferns return to camp by boat for a well-earned lunch and rest.
    • The afternoon activity could be a snorkel on the nearby coral reefs, rich in diversity, or a guided sea kayak to the look-out rock at the “Secret Cove” for the sun set, with the chance of a close encounter with Bottlenose Dolphin or Green Turtle.
    • Dinner in the lodge.
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    Day 03

    • A relaxed start to the day and breakfast on the sea deck.
    • Depart on a guided walk through the coastal forest, in search of more birds and mammals.
    • After a couple of hours walk, take a welcome swim in the crystal clear water of the cascades of the Tampolo River at the foot of the forested mountains.
    • Return to camp on a traditional dugout canoe paddled down the shady river.
    • After lunch, enjoy a relaxed afternoon swimming on the private beaches or snorkelling on the coral reefs.
    • “Tea time” on the sea deck
    • A guided nocturnal walk with the intriguing possibility of seeing some of the secretive nocturnal wildlife such as Leaf-tailed Gecko, Dwarf and Mouse lemurs and maybe even the elusive Aye-Aye.
    • Dinner in the lodge.
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    Day 04

    • Breakfast on the sea deck.
    • An exploration by sea kayak or boat of the calm water and fantastic rock formations of Tampolo point. Stop for a swim on the beach at the “Sacred Island” and then kayak 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.
    • After a picnic lunch on the beach, return to camp by kayak or boat, for an evening of entertainment and high spirits with the visit of the traditional Malagasy music and dance group from the local village.
    • Sundowners around the fire on the beach and dinner in the lodge.
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    Day 05

    • Breakfast on the sea deck.
    • Board the boat for the voyage through the Tampolo Marine Reserve to the mouth of the Antalavia River. The forested coastline viewed from the boat is stunningly beautiful, with countless deserted beaches and calm blue sea.
    • On arrival on the beach at Antalavia, board the dingy for the short paddle in the estuary to the cascades of the Antalavia River. Here refreshingly cool, clear water forms perfect swimming pools, over-hung by the lush forest with a chance of seeing White-fronted brown lemurs leaping through the canopy.
    • After a picnic lunch on the beach and a short rest under the trees, you have the choice of returning to camp by boat or on foot.
    • Sundowners around the fire on the beach and dinner in the lodge.
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    Day 06

    • Breakfast on the sea deck.
    • A short guided walk through the coastal forest trails to the rice fields and farm land of the nearby village of Ambodiforaha. This is an opportunity to experience the local Betsimisaraka culture and sustainable way of life in the rainforest. You can visit their traditional houses and kitchens and perhaps see baskets, mats or hats being woven, vanilla, cloves, coffee or rice being prepared and pop in for a quick visit to the village school, co-funded by the lodge.
    • After lunch at the lodge, you have the option of a stroll down the beach to the Tampolo River and a peaceful pirogue trip on the cool shady river to observe the birdlife.
    • Sun downers around the fire on the beach and dinner in the lodge.
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    Day 07

    • A day to spend as you choose – perhaps sun bathing on one of the private beaches, or birding and mammal spotting on the private forest trails at the lodge, or relaxing with a good book and a cold drink in a hammock on your private veranda or the view deck overhanging the sea.
    • 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.
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    Day 08

    • An early breakfast on the sea deck.
    • Board the boat for the voyage to the island of Nosy Mangabe.
    • Once ashore on the densely forested island, explore the network of trails with your guide with a chance of spotting Black and white-ruffed and White-fronted brown lemurs, leaf-tailed geckos and perhaps a Madagascar tree boa. You can view the traditional Malagasy tombs in a cave and the engraved rocks on the “Plaige des Hollandaise”.
    • After a picnic lunch on the beach, you board the boat once more for the voyage to Maroantsetra and transfer to the airport in time for the flight out to Antananarivo.

Included:

  • Boat transfers from Maroantsetra to the Masoala Forest Lodge, return
  • Accommodation on full board basis in the Masoala Forest Lodge
  • All meals, snacks, water, teas and coffee and soft drinks in the Masoala Forest Lodge (except alcoholic beverages which are available on surcharge)
  • Laundry at Masoala Forest Lodge
  • Activities (guided forest walks in primary and coastal rainforest and to local village/nocturnal walk in coastal forest/ sea kayaking and snorkeling/ river excursion by traditional dug-out canoe/ private forest trails and beaches at the Masoala Forest Lodge for self- exploration)
  • National Park entrance fees and official forest guide for Masoala National Park

Excluded:

  • Flights to and from Maroantsetra
  • Gratuities/Tipping
  • Curios and personal purchases