How to come to Hotel Entremer
How to come to Hotel Entremer, Belo sur mer, Madagascar
Belo sur mer is located roughly 60 kms south as the crow flies from Morondava, on Tuléar main track, close to the Antsira saltworks.
Belo sur mer is a small village on the seaside, quite unique for its traditional wooden dhow makers, the amazing beauty of its bay, its sunny climate and quality of its environment.
HOTEL ENTREMER (S 20°43’43.7’’ / E 044°00’21.9’’) is located on the northwest side of the village (at a fork of the sand trail just before the village), on an island bordered on the east side by a lagoon which can be easily gone around by car anytime (1 km) or crossed by foot (10 minutes), and on its west side by the sea (therefore reachable by boat from both east and west).
Access to Belo from Morondava is possible all year by boat.
We are able to organize the transfers from Morondava with our motorboat with its inboard 120 cv engine (and a backup 25 cv engine), for up to 8 passengers, consisting of a nice 2 to 3 hours sea cruise during which, comfortably seated, you will enjoy the view of the coast, fish jumping out the water, tern birds and maybe dolphins playing around, and between July and September possibly humpback whales.
The boat company Kintana Maraina (36 places, 2 outboard motors 140 cv, 3h30 cruise – firstname.lastname@example.org – +2188.8.131.523.72) operates a regular round trip service during the April to December season, and also rents out motorized outrigger canoes on request.
With favorable sea and winds (moderate winds from the North to Belo, from South for Morondava), the trip with a sailing pirogue (approximate price of 100 000 ar for the pirogue, that is, roughly 35 €) or with a dhow (about 25 000 ar per person with an arrival at “Port au sel” de Menaky, a 1 hour walk from Hotel Entremer) is indeed an unforgettable adventure, for those who have time (minimum 6 hours and sometimes much more). We advise in this case to have a good sun screen and waterproof bags for your luggage.
During dry season (generally between May and mid December), the mainly sand track is practicable for four wheel drive vehicles (120 kms from Morondava, 3 to 4 hours). It is a nice opportunity to go through local villages, see baobabs, euphorbs and succulent plants in situ, to observe a coua or egrets or to pass zebus carts and their masikoro drivers, to cross two fords and salt flats (around 350 000 ar, fuel included, that is, roughly 120 € for the day).
Weather and tide times are of course to be taken into consideration (in particular to cross the salt flats). Drivers and boatmen are welcomed in our hotel, and will be offered housing and dinner.
For those who enjoy it, the trail, really beautiful and amazing, continues after Belo, until Tuléar, with stop possibilities at Manja (4h, 110 kms), Morombe (8h, 160 kms), Andavadoaka (2h30, 45 kms), Salary (3h, 60 kms), Ifaty (3h30, 70 kms), and Tuléar (1h30, 30 kms).
The Belo area is covered by the communication Airtel (033….) network, which may however suffer some interruptions from time to time. We advise for those who are connected to other networks to dispose of an Airtel microchip (not expensive), with spare recharges just in case. While traveling in the bush, it is always useful to be able to place or to receive a phone call.
Internet is available at the hotel, however at low speed.