Madagascar - General Info
Voltage: 220 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Malagasy Ariary (MGA).
Foreign currency must be declared on arrival. The immigration officer will ask for a currency declaration to be filled in on arrival, and this form has to be endorsed every time money is changed. The form, and the remaining funds, will be checked on departure.
International Dialing Code for Madagascar is +261.
Low-cost Madagascar cell phone service. rangeRoamer provides short-term cell phone service for international travelers. Buy, Rent, or use your own cell phone.
Peri-Peri Weather Net
Des and Nell Cason of SY Gambit are residents in Madagascar on Sakatia Island and operate a relay station for the Peri-Peri Weather net for vessels coming to Africa from the East. They transmit on 8101 and 12353 Mhz USB at 0500 and 1500 UTC. Their position 13deg18,027S and 48Deg10,484 E.
The Madagascar relay station will come up 30 minutes before the normal times - 0430/1430Utc daily - to deal with vessels coming from Malaysia to cut out transmission overlaps with the net controllers in Durban RSA. Once vessels are within range of the net controllers they will be handed over to continue contact direct. Mad relay will call initially on 8108Mhz and then go to 12353Mhz as normal.
Vessels can contact Des and Nell by email or stop over for latest info. on check in procedures and any other info. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Go here for a list of SA SSB nets.
Last updated March 2014.
Emergency services (police, firemen, ambulance) - dial 117.
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
Gone with the Wind in Madagascar - A Cruise to an Indian Ocean Paradise
By Avril Sellars
Publisher: IUniverse (July 18, 2001)
Set sail with Avril and Don on ‘Gone With The Wind’ to discover the exquisite and little-known paradise of Madagascar, lying some 300 miles off the east coast of Africa. Explore its western shores, reefs and off-lying islands. Meet its endearing people with their strange and primitive way of life. Encounter nature at its most weird and wonderful.
Indian Ocean Cruising Guide
By Rod Heikell
Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd (June 8, 1999)
A good general cruising guide covering the routes from Europe to Australia and points in between, Indian Ocean Cruising Guide covers all the usual points of interest for cruising yachtsmen, from history to climate, weather patterns, formalities, route planning and so on. The general sections are followed by a country-by-country round up in which key ports are described in detail with the aid of harbour plans and photographs. Information on Malaysia and Thailand, the Seychelles and Chagos archipelago.
East Africa Pilot
By Delwyn McPhun
Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd (December 1996)
Cruising Information for Madagascar by SV Ocelot (2007 & 2009).
Whilst Ocelot cruised here a few years ago, much of the information on their blog is still relevant. Plus downloadable track files in both MaxSea (.ptf) format and in OpenCPN (.gpx) format are available.
August 2013: Report on documents required from Miki Barzam of SV Two Oceans.
July 2013: Formalities checked and fees updated by Des Cason of the Peri Peri Net.
March 2013: Formalities checked/updated, fees updated. Security and local customs information added.
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