activities and excursions
While staying at HOTEL ENTREMER, there are a lot of possibilities of activities, for a week-end, a week or more, close to Belo or further away.
Close to belo
the beach of course and the sea (22 à 33° C depending on the season).
Cristal clear waters from the Mozambique canal are reachable very close to the hotel, thanks to a natural kind of swimming pool with sand floor, protected from waves by a bar of polished rocks where birds like to stay.
At a few meters, dhows anchor for a stay at the village where they have been built.
An easy walk on the lagoon side offers the possibility to see those shipyards. Between the hotel and Belo’s market (15 mns), more than twenty Brittany schooners, with their two equal masts, are under construction, or, during raining season, under repair or being caulked.
Those transportation boats, carrying passengers, salt, rice or cement, are done with all the know-how transmitted, generation after generation, since the XIXth century. The boat launchings are celebrated by local feasts where the entire village joins the clan which is the owner of the boat to tow the boat down to the sea, with songs and conch music.
The life of this Vezo village is very quiet and authentic, punctuated by the coming and going of the square sailed fishing pirogues, the rasping of the masikoro carts bringing coal from inland and the vondro, children’s shouting and playing with their scale models of pirogues or dhows, women made up with white and ochre face paintings.
After returning to Hotel Entremer, why not organize a beach volley game or pétanque, fly kites on the desert beach or just borrow a book from the library, take a cool drink while playing cards, chess or darts or enjoy a massage.
FURTHER North, Menaky Bay.
A nice excursion on foot (1h30 by the beach or by the inland route – some springs of fresh water in a tropical landscape), by boat with our speedboat Tsiko tsara, or on a sailing pirogue.
The inlet deepens in a mangrove for those who like to kayak during high tides (in polyethylene canoes, 2.78 m long, available at the hotel). There arrive dhows sailing down to the « port au sel » to load salt sacks from the saltworks. You may cross one, two or even ten boats, with crews bivouacking while they wait for favorable tides. From the « port », it is possible to walk (3 hours round trip) or with a four wheel drive vehicle to visit the works.
At the bay entrance, quiet and deep water allows beautiful observations of seabed (snorkeling kits available at the hotel), trolling or angling fishing with nice catches possible (fishing equipment not provided, but Tsiko tsara is equipped with fishing rods rack).
FURTHER West, a strip of coral islands.
The closest island is a 1h30 cruise away with the Tsiko tsara or with pirogue: turquoise sea, white shining sand, dark blue sky. You may meet, in this recently created marine national park, the last nomad people who are fishing and drying their catches. Coral banks host a very varied fauna, to observe by snorkeling or scuba diving (possibility from time to time to benefit from a qualified instructor, organizing outings).
Sea excursions offer as well, depending on chance and appropriate season, the opportunity to observe dolphins and whales. For fishermen, the waters are very good.
FURTHER South – Belo’s mangrove.
To explore with kayaks (provided) or sailing pirogues, to better glide over the water between mangroves trees and come across fishing birds.
STILL FURTHER – the reserve park (MNP) of Mitea (or Mité).
Reachable by sea (1h30 with our speedboat) or by land (2h30 with a four wheel drive vehicle), the site (72,200 hectares) has many attractions : large and high dunes diving west down to the sea creating a long desert beach, descending eastward towards two holy lakes sheltering many different kind of birds, including Bernier ducks and pink flamingos. At the edge, a small forest with some beautiful baobab trees.
FURTHER East – Antsira salt works.
The two large Antsira salt works, crossed by the track arriving from Morondava or from Tuléar, are also interesting to visit (3 hours by foot for experienced walkers, with ideally a return by four wheel drive vehicle or by foot but via Menaky bay : 4 hours back to the hotel). The salt works are still run as in the old times, by progressive overflowing basins, until the last where the salt is harvested with a crowbar or pickax. Quite a lunar view, refreshed by a nice walk in the dwarf baobabs park with many species endemic to the Menabe.
We have ourselves experienced all of these proposed excursions and therefore will be able and pleased to give you the information and support of any kind you may need (people to contact, availability of our Tsiko Tsara speedboat, picnic to take with you or bivouac to organize, equipment we can lend (kayak, snorkeling kit …).
Belo on the sea and surroundings are there to be shared with you.