Only declared a national park in 1999, Parc National de Kirindy-Mitea is located south of Morondava and is one of the least known and a rarely visited national park in Madagascar.
One reason might be the relatively difficult approach: more than 40 km on a bad dirt road southward towards Belo-sur-Mer. This national park on Madagascar essentially comprises two types of vegetation: the western dry forest and the southern thorn forest, which meet here in an extremely interesting way. The number of animal species represented is correspondingly high. The lemurs should be mentioned first: 8 species live here, of which 3 are diurnal and 5 nocturnal.
The park's two large lakes, Lac Ambondro and Lac Sirave, are true paradises for birdwatchers: over 30 rare species have been counted. The park does not yet have any infrastructure - apart from the paths and marked trails that have been built recently. Kirindy-Mitea also includes part of the marine area off the coast: several offshore islands near Belo-sur-Mer as well as part of the reef have recently become part of the national park. It is worth discovering this park: diverse landscapes and several fundamentally different ecosystems lie together in a small area.
Although Morondava enjoys a certain reputation as a seaside resort, the beaches in the city are only suitable for swimming to a very limited extent. Therefore, if you want to enjoy the beach and the sun, it is better to go to Kimony Beach: about 10 kilometers north of the city (past the airport), the road goes north. After 10 kilometers you leave the main road and turn left towards the sea. Over a sandy dirt road you will pass small fishing villages of the Vezo for about 2 kilometers. At the dunes the journey comes to an end. From here on we can only continue on foot. The beach with the dunes is quite wide - about 500 meters.
At season time there is quite a lot going on here, as the numerous huts, bungalows and bar businesses show. Outside the high season (from October), however, there is almost nothing going on here and you have the whole huge beach to yourself - except for the fishermen who have their pirogues moored here and go out in the early morning and afternoon. Water sports enthusiasts and especially snorkelers and divers should consider a visit to Belo-sur-Mer.
About 70 kilometers south of Morondava lies the small fishing village on the coast. On the one hand, Belo is very beautiful and tranquil; on the other hand, its location on a wide lagoon makes it a center on the west coast for shipping, especially shipbuilding. Watching the construction of traditional wooden boats is very interesting, especially when you see the primitive tools that are used to build seaworthy ships and boats.