Guide to big game fishing in Madagascar

Feel the thrill of a tug from a big game fish at the end of your line as you float above waters so clear you can make eye contact with your catch.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina

April to June is the perfect time for fishing the idyllic, teaming waters around Constance Tsarabanjina in Madagascar. Here are our top 5 reasons for game fishing in the area.

1. The experience of a lifetime
Pit yourself against the great giants of the sea as you cast a line into waters teeming with exotic sea-life. Feel the sun on your face as you explore northern Madagascar’s deserted bays, headlands, rocky outcrops and remote islands. The beauty of the location combined with the high density of big game fish means fishing here is like nowhere else on earth.

2. Perfect conditions
The ideal climate and the calm, clear waters off Madagascar’s northwest coast with few shore breaks ensure visibility is extremely high. It makes it the perfect place for first timers and experienced fishermen alike.

3. High density waters
Game fishing in the area is still a fairly new activity so the density of fish including giant trevally, yellowfin and dogtooth tuna, kingfish, barracouda, wahoos, sailfish and Marlins is high. From April through to July over 100 sailfish a day, many more than 100lbs, have been seen near the surface.

Beach view at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach view at Tsarabanjina

4. Live a life of adventure
Game fishing in the ocean around Tsarabanjina will deliver thrills and excitement unlike any other. Venture out with our expert guides who will help beginners and experienced fishermen feel the thrill of the chase. For those looking to try something new, why not seize the opportunity to try the different types of fishing available at Tsarabanjina including traditional Malagasy fishing with drag nets and even a full moon hand-line fishing excursion.

5. Finish the day in 5 star luxury
At the end of an adrenalin-pumping day on the ocean come home to the luxury of your own private beach villa designed in boutique Malagasy style with air-conditioning. Relax and unwind on your own sundeck as you watch the sun set over the ocean and dream about what adventures you’ll encounter there tomorrow.

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Top 5 reasons to choose a luxury all inclusive holiday

Imagine escaping to a luxury castaway island where from the moment you set foot on white sand you only have to think about unwinding and enjoying yourself.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Laid back luxury at Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

A luxury holiday with nothing to worry about is the basis for our Cristal packages at Constance Moofushi, Maldives and Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

Here are our top 5 reasons why luxury all inclusive makes all the difference at Moofushi and Tsarabanjina.

1. Fabulous food
Enjoy a lush tropical fruit salad or a full English breakfast, pop back for a light lunch then join us for our relaxed fine dining dinner menu all included in the price.

Kids and adults alike enjoy taking a break from the day for complimentary afternoon tea and pancakes served by the pool bar.

2. Sumptuous drinks on tap
Enjoy some of the finer things in life all included in the package. From a wide variety of premium branded spirits and international beers, to unlimited access to our cocktails and signature drinks menu – quality is all part of the deal.
Feel the revitalising force of juices and smoothies made from fresh-from-the-trees tropical fruit or just an ice-cold soft drink any time of the day.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Welcome to Constance Moofushi, Maldives

3. Villas complete with luxury comforts and entertainment
After a day enjoying the crystal Indian Ocean and tropical sunshine retreat to the comfort of your spacious villa and relax with a beer, soft drink, mineral water and even a chocolate bar. The free mini-bar is restocked daily. Enjoy the comforts of home with tea and coffee making facilities.

The pace at Tsarabanjina offers you the opportunity of a digital detox with free wifi only available in the main building, at Moofushi you can enjoy free wifi in your villa. Lie back in your luxury accommodation and enjoy internet-access through the TV, free movies, your own music through the iPod docking station and even a PlayStation 3 to keep the kids quiet.

4. Explore paradise for free
Seize the opportunity to explore the beautiful islands of Moofushi and Tsarabanjina while you’re with us. As part of the Cristal package you will receive free snorkelling equipment and the opportunity to join snorkelling excursions. Take a free boat ride around the stunning islands or take in some of the local customs with cultural activities run around the resorts.

Dinner at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside dining at Tsarabanjina

5. Take all the hassle out of transfers
Enjoy a stress-free arrival and departure. Relax with free wifi, snacks and water in our arrivals/departure lounges while we handle the villa check-in prior to your arrival. Whether you arrive by boat to Tsarabanjina or seaplane and private limousine bus to Moofushi we will make sure that the transfer is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

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Barefoot luxury as Constance Tsarabanjina reopens

Tsarabanjina is the sort of castaway island that travellers dream of finding. With the doors again reopen at the resort following a major refurbishment, guests are discovering that we’ve introduced a few more luxuries to make it all the more comfortable while retaining the barefoot charm of the place.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach at Tsarabanjina

Off the beaten track, this unique island get-away already enjoys a loyal following with its reputation as a place to escape from it all – a place that perfectly captures the mood for a simpler take on luxury.

Beach villas

Careful to maintain the barefoot charm and eco-friendliness, while embracing Malagasy culture, interiors have been updated using natural materials and local art and sculpture based on marine life to create a boutique feel to the beachfront villas.

What’s on offer at Tsarabanjina

Lose yourself to the quiet sound of the sea, enjoy a massage on one of the beautiful beaches, fish for your supper, watch the sunset from your beach villa while enjoying a cold glass of something or simply lie back in your hammock and take it all in.

For anyone looking to indulge in a more active holiday, diving here is second to none.  The Mitsio Archipelago has been recently classified as a marine reserve. There are dive sites here that have barely been explored by anyone before.

Beachside villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside villa

And if you’ve never snorkelled before, our experienced guides will give you a short introductory session in the lagoon before taking you on your first snorkelling excursion to discover the underwater species in this part of the Indian Ocean.

Discover Madagascar

Our team will take you on a guided nature walk where you can discover more about the endemic species of Madagascar, and take in the awe-inspiring panoramic views from the top of the hills.

We also run full moon cruises, excursions to local landmarks such as the volcanically formed Organ Pipes, trips to a deserted island or local village and more.

And then of course, there are the Lemurs. Enjoy a boat ride to the Nosy Komba’s reserve where you can feed and interact with these friendly creatures.

All inclusive Cristal package

At Tsarabanjina, we have introduced our popular all inclusive Cristal package so you don’t have to worry about a thing once you’re on the island. You can find out more about what’s included in the Cristal package at Tsarabanjina on our website and read why The Sunday Times names Tsarabanjina and Moofushi in world’s best 20 all-inclusives

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Tsarabanjina sets the pace for barefoot luxury resorts

Tsarabanjina is set to reinvent barefoot luxury when it reopens after a multi-million pound revamp on 1 April.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

An idyllic retreat, Tsarabanjina is a secluded, private island far off the tourist trail. No dress-code, no formalities, just laidback luxury and friendly Malagasy charm.

Elegant thatched beachside villas
Part of the lure of this resort is its size. There are just 25 beach villas, spread across two of the island’s beautiful white sand beaches, making it an intimate and secluded hideaway.

Each boutique-style villa is nestled close to the shore. Made from rosewood and thatch, we’ve added air-conditioning and large private terraces – ideal for late-night, jaw-dropping stargazing or simply lying back and watching the sun set over the ocean.

Escape the pressure of modern life
This is one of those rare corners of the world where you can truly let the pressures of daily life slip away. Take a mental break and enjoy a digital detox – mobile phone and wifi connections are limited to the main building only.

Beachside villas at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beachside villa

Spa at Tsarabanjina
Recharge your body and mind at our newly revamped spa. The massage room comes with beach views and an outside shower carved into the island rock. Our spa therapists use many local ingredients including oils of Ravintsara (similar to eucalyptus), Ylang Ylang and Coconut.

All-inclusive Cristal package
To make the castaway experience even more complete, we offer the all-inclusive Cristal package at Tsarabanjina. This means that once you arrive, you don’t have to worry about paying for anything. It’s all included. And when we say all-included, we really mean it.

This is a place where the food tastes of sunshine – the menu changes daily depending on what the Mitsio fishermen catch, and the fruits and vegetables available at Nosy Be market on the mainland.

Each afternoon we serve tea in the main restaurant and cocktails at sunset. Or you can simply grab a perfectly chilled bottle of wine from your mini bar, stroll a few paces to the beach and watch the sun set into the ocean.

Ocean view at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Ocean view at Tsarabanjina

Breathe in an island intimately connected with nature
Discover the unique biodiversity Madagascar has to offer on a nature walk with one of our guides. Or join our dive team and be the first to swim in magical reefs which remain largely unexplored.

Tsarabanjina is a hidden gem that will blow your mind. Awe-inspiring natural beauty and a laidback vibe reminiscent of travelling days, combine with a generous splash of luxury to make this one of the most romantic resorts you can find.

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Visit our website to find out more about Constance Tsarabanjina and check booking availability

The Sunday Times recently included Tsarabanjina in its ‘Guide to the 100 best holidays on the planet’. Subscribers to The Sunday Times online can read the article in full.

Discover why Susan D’Arcy of The Sunday Times rates Constance’s Cristal package as one of the world’s best all-inclusive deals.

Recipe: Crispy Chocolate with Madagascan vanilla

Here’s a delicious sweet treat for you to try this weekend from Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

Crispy Chocolate recipe

Crispy Chocolate

  • 30g of dark chocolate
  • 25g powdered sugar
  • 120g of butter
  • 3 spoons of milk
  • 1 packet of biscuits
  • 1 vanilla pod

1. Break the biscuits into small pieces.
2. Split into two vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the biscuit mix.
3. Break chocolate into pieces.
4. Put in saucepan with all remaining ingredients.
5. Melt the chocolate over bain-marie turning constantly with a spatula.
6. Prepare a mold of 12 cm diameter, line the pan with aluminium foil.

Mix the two preparations and pour into a mold. Let stand in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours.

Turn out the crispy chocolate and serve. Pure chocolate perfection.

The Sunday Times names Tsarabanjina and Moofushi in world’s best 20 all-inclusives

The Sunday Times this week highlighted Constance Moofushi and Tsarabanjina as offering truly all-inclusive packages.

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Susan d’Arcy applauds the Cristal package at our resorts for genuinely ‘including everything’, lamenting how other resorts claim to be all inclusive but go on to charge guests for everything from bottled water to Mars bars.

The praise for Tsarabanjina and Moofushi came in an article outlining the 20 best all-inclusive packages around the world.

D’Arcy defined all inclusive as meaning, ‘You’ll get the drinks you want, endless fabulous food – often à la carte and, if not, of the highest quality and freshly prepared – and free wi-fi.’

Subscribers to The Sunday Times can read Susan d’Arcy’s article in full: ‘All inclusives – minus the hidden extras‘.

And in The Financial Times

The FT was also singing the praises of Tsarabanjina this week in ‘How to spend it‘ describing the resort’s new refurbishment as bringing a luxury element to Madagascan tourism.

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