Hidden Jewel of Morondava Madagascar: Betania Island

By JManzanillo | Jul 2, 2020
Africa > Madagascar

Jennifer Manzanillo on a tree log in Betania Island

Jennifer Manzanillo on a tree log in Betania Island

Morondava is one of the top tourist destinations in Madagascar. For tourists, Morondava is best known as a seaside resort town with a laidback atmosphere where visitors could indulge in relaxing beach vacations while witnessing a one of a kind culture with the backdrop of a breath taking sunset. For locals, Morondava has an abundant fishing industry with a wide range of seafood options.

If you are looking for an authentic local experience where you can take a glimpse of daily life for locals in Morondava; consider visiting Betania Island. This island is where a majority of local fisherman live and will give visitors the opportunity to see the traditional huts made from mud and Satrana (dried palm leaves). This island is a perfect place to relax and take in stunning views of the Mozambique channel. Also, if you are luck local cooks may offer to make you a one of a kind meal comprised of fresh seafoods and local delicacies. The island can be accessed by a canoe rental or if your feeling adventurous and there is a low tied you can walk on the very shallow waters of the Mozambique channel and be there.

Fishermans Feast prepared by local chefs in Betania Island.

Fishermans Feast prepared by local chefs in Betania Island.

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Written by JManzanillo
Jennifer Manzanillo is a Afro-Dominican American vocalist, travel influencer and blogger. She was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar from (2017-2020). She hopes to continue her experiences and skill set to continue to make sustainable change around the world.

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Helena

Helena
Jul 2, 2020 at 10:32

Where is this island? I can't find it on googlemaps


JManzanillo
Jul 3, 2020 at 17:58

It is literally a 15 minute canoe ride from the coast. It is very small which is probably why it is not on the map? But if you ask locals they will bring you there and with just 200 ariary you can go across to the island. Or if you want a full experience you can also rent a motorized traditional canoe and go through the mangroves which are near by.


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