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Tamatave, Madagascar

Toamasina is a port city on the east coast of Madagascar. It is still commonly called Tamatave, which was its official name until 1977.

Toamasina is Madagascar's port and second largest city by population. It is also a former pirate-haven. The rows of palm trees of the city's main thoroughfare, l'Avenue de l'Independence, give it a distinct tropical feel. However, the dirty buildings and streets coupled with casinos and rampant prostitution create a sordid vibe. For the average tourist, there is little reason to spend a lot of time here. It is a convenient stopping point for those headed to St. Marie, however.

Climate

Toamasina features a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification. While Toamasina has no true dry season month where less than 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) of precipitation (on average) falls, the seaport has noticeably wetter and drier periods of the year.... Read more

Tamatave, Madagascar

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Toamasina is a port city on the east coast of Madagascar. It is still commonly called Tamatave, which was its official name until 1977.

Toamasina is Madagascar's port and second largest city by population. It is also a former pirate-haven. The rows of palm trees of the city's main thoroughfare, l'Avenue de l'Independence, give it a distinct tropical feel. However, the dirty buildings and streets coupled with casinos and rampant prostitution create a sordid vibe. For the average tourist, there is little reason to spend a lot of time here. It is a convenient stopping point for those headed to St. Marie, however.

Climate

Toamasina features a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification. While Toamasina has no true dry season month where less than 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) of precipitation (on average) falls, the seaport has noticeably wetter and drier periods of the year. September–November is the driest period of the year, while February–April is the wettest time of the year. Average temperatures are relatively constant throughout the course of the year, though it is slightly cooler in the months of July and August, where average highs hover around 24 °C (75 °F) and warmer in the months of January and February, where high temperatures on average reaches 30 °C (86 °F). Toamasina averages roughly 3,368.2 millimeters (132.61 inches) of precipitation annually.

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Tamatave, Madagascar: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at the port located about 1 mile from the town center.
One can find taxis and rickshaws at the port gate.

Get around Tamatave, Madagascar


Pousse: Toamasina may just be the bicycle pousse capital of the world. Thanks to the city's flat, wide streets, pousse-pousses are the most popular and cheapest way to get around. You shouldn't have to look far to find one, no matter where you are. Beware though, as the drivers are all too eager to take advantage of a confused tourist. Be sure to agree on a price before getting in.
Taxi: Toamasina has standard taxis too. Be sure to bargain and agree on a price before going anywhere.
Taxi-Brousse: If you are leaving the city limits and don't have your own vehicle, you will likely have to take a taxi-brousse. To get to the station, just tell your taxi or pousse-pousse driver to go to the "gare-routiere." Upon arrival, be prepared to be mobbed by hawkers trying to pull you into their taxi. Protip: Always try to find the vehicle with the most people in it heading for your destination. Despite what the hawkers will tell you, taxi-brousses only leave when they are full.

What to see in Tamatave, Madagascar


The city has wide palm tree-lined avenues and a wide selection of restaurants. The beaches in this area are famously beautiful, although sharks and pollution often prevent swimming and watersports. Bazary Be is a famous colorful street market, specializing in exotic spices and locally made handicrafts. The central market in the heart of the city is one of the most popular sites in the city.
Besides, you can visit Parc Ivoloina and Fort Manda.
 

What to do in Tamatave, Madagascar


Canal des Pangalanes

. It is an amazing man-made and natural canal that effectively extends halfway down the east coast of Madagascar. The boat service is run by a French man who only runs services when there is sufficient clientele. 

What to eat and drink in Tamatave, Madagascar


XL Bar. A decent bar by western standards, open most nights with all the kinds of liquor and beer you'll likely be able to find in Madagascar. It is frequented by expats, though at times can be quiet empty. It's on Blvd Joffre very close to Hotel Joffre.

Shopping in Tamatave, Madagascar


Bazary Be. This tourist market is called the "big market" in Malagasy, but in actuality, it is the small market. It is located one block west of Blvd Joffre. If you're on the lookout for souvenirs, this is the place to go. Be sure to bargain hard before pulling out any money.

Safety in Tamatave, Madagascar


You should avoid walking from the port to the town, as well as wearing expensive jewelry and taking a large amount of cash with you. 

Language spoken in Tamatave, Madagascar


Malagasy and French are the official languages. English is the main foreign language.

LOCAL TIME

4:46 pm
October 14, 2019
Indian/Antananarivo

CURRENT WEATHER

26.39 °C / 79.502 °F
few clouds
Tue

25.05 °C/77 °F
light rain
Wed

24.85 °C/77 °F
moderate rain
Thu

24.64 °C/76 °F
moderate rain
Fri

23.79 °C/75 °F
heavy intensity rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

MGA

1 USD = 0 MGA
1 EUR = 0 MGA
1 GBP = 0 MGA
1 AUD = 0 MGA
1 CAD = 0 MGA

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