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Location

Located on the northern tip of the island.

Position 12°13.7' S, 049°22.3' E (entrance to the bay)

Clearance

This is a port of entry.

See Noonsite/Madagascar/Formalities page for details of clearance.

Last updated November 2015.

Docking

Be aware that your electronic chart position may be not correct. Some can be over half a mile out! Eyeball navigation is essential.

It is easy to enter the large bay through it's eastern channel, but  it is can be very hard to leave. The current, wind, and waves entering the bay will test most sailors trying to exit the bay. However, if you can pick your weather window a difficult departure can be avoided.

Anchoring in here should be done with extreme care as there are a number of unmarked wrecks, particularly after last cyclones in 2008 and 2009.

Last updated November 2015.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 16, 2015 01:10 PM

Extracted from report by Jason Trautz of SY Yolo - November 2015:
Some sailors avoided this bay and the related city for two reasons:

A. In September 2015 while at anchor in the commercial harbour area west of the city a dinghy and outboard was stolen from a yacht during the night. The dinghy was in the water and it was locked to the yacht with a large lock and cable. The cable was cut by the thief. Within a few hours of the theft, a small rib with young Navy personnel approached the yacht with the stolen dinghy in tow. The outboard had been removed and was nowhere to be seen. The Navy guys initially requested 100,000 Ar ($30 USD) for the purchase of the dinghy that they "found." The yacht owners eventually purchased their dinghy back for $15 USD and suspect that the Navy guys could be part of the theft ring.

B. It is easy to enter the large bay through it's eastern channel, but like Hotel California, it is can be very hard to leave. The current, wind, and waves galloping like horses into the bay will test most sailors upon exiting the bay. If you can pick your weather window a difficult departure from the bay can be avoided. On the positive side, some tourist have stated that they extended their tourist visas for free at this port.

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