Due to its location in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar boasts a rich marine fauna: more than 2,200 species of fish cavort in the waters of the red islands. This is not the only reason why the island has become an insider tip for divers and snorkelers from all over the world!
Numerous Coral reefs line the coasts of Madagascar. The diversity of marine life is astonishing: the reefs are populated by innumerable colorful Starfish, corals, fish and Crayfish. Further out to sea are the big game species: Dolphins, sharks, manatees, manta rays and Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Especially the latter attract a large number of tourists every year in August/September to St. Marie or Antongil Bay, where the large marine mammals make regular stops.
From a culinary point of view, Madagascar is one of the most rewarding destinations for gourmets. Lobsters, shrimps and all other kinds of sea animals in such variety and freshness offered as on Madagascar! Not to mention the ridiculous price!
Especially on the west coast, especially in Belo-sur-Tsiribihina, you get the best shrimp ever!
Sea snails and Mussels are often offered for sale, especially in the coastal regions such as Tuléar and Diego-Suarez. The colorful, bizarrely shaped shells are without doubt an ornament. Nevertheless, the traveler should not buy these souvenirs: the regulations in force in Germany generally prohibit the import of Molusks from the Indian Ocean! Apart from that, especially the beautiful Cone snails of the genus Conus can also be dangerous if touched in the sea. Snorkelers and divers usually know that the animals have a very effective poisonous apparatus.. Wart or stone fish of the genus Synancea have not been explicitly reported by accidents on Madagascar - but this does not mean that these very poisonous sea dwellers are not occasionally encountered here. Since the fish burrow in the sand and you get the sting by stepping on it, the use of bathing shoes is preferable in case of doubt.
In general, at remote beaches should be asked beforehand, which can be dangerous!