Sakalava Bay Kitesurfing Holiday and Travel Guide

Sakalava Bay

Madagascar

Why Visit?

Sakalava Bay is a kitesurf jewel spot, reachable via sandy road from the concrete road stretching from Diego to Ramena village. It is the most beautiful bay in Diego Suarez area and the only one gathering perfect wind direction, flat water, waves and protection from the reef. Since the ground is sandy, the risks of getting injured are minimized.  At low tide, there is a magnificent sand bar stretching from the beach to the 2 islands which you can visit on foot.

Wind and Weather

Sakalava Bay is incredibly gifted in terms of wind and weather. The wind season last eight consecutive months! It starts in late March until mid-December. During this season, temperatures range from 25 to 35 Celsius, and it rarely rains.
North Madagascar is the windiest place in the world after Cap Horn… For instance, in 2017, Sakalava Bay got only seven days out of 245 with wind below 15 knots…

Getting Around

You can get to Diego Suarez by local taxi, and that takes about 40 min. The ride costs about 60.000 Ariary (which is less than 13€). You can also get to Ramena Village which is about 20 min away, and that requires only 50.000 Ariary.

Food and Drink

All the resorts have their restaurants, so that is always one option. In the Fisherman Village, Gargotes are also available.

Nightlife

There will always be something going on at the resort you are staying in, but sometimes the villager's organise local parties in the village, and those are still a lot of fun to attend.

No Wind?

A lot of sightseeing! Check out The Diego Bay tour, the Ramena village tour, mountain hikes, ATV tour and more!

Internet

Most of the resorts have Internet but the only one providing free Internet for their non-guests is KiteParadise Madagascar.

Accommodation

There are five resorts on Sakalava Bay and all of their prices range from 40€ to 80€ per night for a double room. Some of them offer breakfasts in the room. Here are the resorts, listed from the first one on the sand bar to the last one on the mangrove: KiteParadise Madagascar, MadaKiteCamp, Ocean Lodge, Varatraza Wind Riders, Royal Sakalava and Sakalava Lodge. »

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Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in Sakalava Bay?

The fishermen village is located in the South part of Sakalava Bay. It consists of a group of mangroves that border the path going to the beach. There is a small parking. Some schools held by local people are established here.

  • Wind: Very gusty since the turbulence is caused by the mangroves
  • Waves: Further out by the reef
  • Shorebreak: No

The sandbank is the most popular spot in Sakalava Bay. It’s located in the North of the Bay next to KiteParadise Madagascar and Kite Alize. It provides the best mirror flat water of the Sakalava Bay.

  • Wind: Cross-on shore
  • Waves: Further out by the reef
  • Shorebreak: No

When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in Sakalava Bay?

The windy months to go kitesurfing in Sakalava Bay are March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

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