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.
The Peri-Peri Weather Net Station here has now closed.
The Madagascar relay station for the Peri-Peri net has now closed. Although no longer resident in Madagascar, Ex-Net Controllers Des and Nell Cason of SY Gambit are happy to offer advice to cruisers visiting the country. They have sailed this area extensively and welcome the opportunity to stay involved in the well being of fellow sailors. Contact them by E-mail at email@example.com
Go here for a list of South African SSB nets.
Last updated May 2015.
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 (2nd Edition 2007)
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. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and contains a lot of additional information on Malaysia and Thailand, the Seychelles and the Chagos archipelago.
East Africa Pilot
By Delwyn McPhun
Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd (December 1996)
A complete handbook on the coast of East Africa between Kenya and Durban for both yachtsmen and diving enthusiasts.
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.
July 2015: Publications checked/updated
March 2015: Formalities checked/updated.
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.
Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
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