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Northern Madagascar

Northern Madagascar
Region: Africa
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Besides being a source of inspiration for an animated film series produced by DreamWorks, Madagascar, an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa, is a great traveling destination if you’re into windsurfing. The northern part of Madagascar in particular is a great windsurfing destination.

In the north you will find great windsurfing spots like Baie des Français near the city of Diego Suarez. Here’s what you need to know about north Madagascar, from a windsurfing point of view:

The best months to go to north Madagascar for wind are between April until November. The winds in Madagascar are trade winds and the nice thing about these trade winds is that they are pretty powerful. From June until October the winds blow at over 20 knots; from April until the end of November the winds blow at 20 to 35 knots.

The best months to go to north Madagascar for swell are between July and October. During these months you can expect to get 2 to 3-meter high swell.

Don’t bother packing that wetsuit when you leave for Madagascar. The air and water temperature is pretty high and you will definitely not need it.

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Windsurfers of all levels can ride in northern Madagascar, from the beginner who is just now picking up the basics of this sport up to the expert who wants to have tons of fun and pull off some great freestyle tricks.

There are several windsurfing centers in northern Madagascar that offer instruction and rent gear.

Finding accommodation and food will definitely not be a problem. There are plenty of places that offer accommodation and plenty of restaurants that offer good food at an affordable place.

If you like to go out and party at night, you will be glad to find out that Barbados has a vibrant nightlife. You can party until the early hours of the morning at various restaurants and clubs. Wondering out by yourself at night is not a problem because Madagascar is a very safe place.

Other outdoor activities
If windsurfing all day is taking its toll and you want to give your body a rest, you can do some other outdoor activities. You can go hiking in the mountains or you can take a trip to the city of Diego Suarez.

Fun fact
At about 587 square kilometers, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. The top 3 largest islands in the world are Greenland, New Guinea, and Borneo.

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