What to do and see in Toliara, Madagascar: The Best Places and Tips

July 25, 2017 Chanda Heide

Toliara in Madagascar, from Africa region, is best know for Gardens. Discover best things to do in Toliara with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Toliara

1. Antsokay Arboretum

Rn7, Toliara 601, Madagascar +261 34 07 600 15
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Antsokay Arboretum

The Antsokay arboretum is a botanic garden with a collection of over 900 plant species from the southwest of Madagascar, 90% are endemic to the region and 80% have medicinal properties. Among these many succulent species are recognized as endangered.Visit also include opportunity to see creatures you can see no where else in the world. Not just chameleons, boas, tenrecs or birds but also other endemics such as the mouse lemurs which are the main night visit attraction of the arboretum.

Reviewed By lisa w - sandy utah

This is a must if you are interested in the flora of Madagascar. Everything is labeled and there are the most unusual plants on the planet

2. Anakao Express

Toliara, Madagascar +261 34 60 072 61
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4 based on 27 reviews

Anakao Express

Reviewed By mousebirdEngland - England

We travelled as a group from the beach at our hotel to Mangily then across to Anachoo to see the Red-tailed Tropicbirds. The outward journey was calm but the wind got up for our return journey which resulted in a bumpy ride. The lifejackets were of mixed quality . There was no padding on the seats or edges of the boat so backs were quite bruised at the end of the trip - a cushion would be helpful!

3. Honko Community-Based Mangrove Reserve

Ambondrolava, Toliara 601, Madagascar +261 32 70 465 04
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Honko Community-Based Mangrove Reserve

Located on the road between Tulear and Ifaty, this community-based mangrove reserve offers the unique opportunity to take a guided boardwalk tour of southwest Madagascar's mangroves and explore its unique flora and fauna. This site is particularly noted for its wetland bird diversity (at least 37 species)! We offer various guided tours in English, French and Malagasy. Contact us for more info!

Reviewed By Serendipity62 - Sydney, Australia

I was one of a group of Australians travelling through Madagascar in November. I knew nothing about Honko when we were offered the opportunity to tour the mangrove conservation & education centre near Toliara. I found out that Honko is a Belgian not-for-profit group working with the community both to conserve the mangroves and to increase the options available to the villagers. Two American girls, working in the centre at the time, were our tour guides. They knew about both the plant and the animal life of the area. The information they provided had the right amount of detail to be informative and interesting without being overwhelming. There are boardwalks across the mangrove areas for easy access as well as a raised viewing platform. The visual display boards located along the boardwalks complemented the information provided by our guides. Honko had taught the villagers to weave the local grasses and sell their baskets and other woven goods rather than simply sell the harvested grasses. They had several baskets at their centre that they were selling on behalf of the villages. Immediately after our tour of the mangroves, the head man of the local village took us for a tour of his village where amongst other things we watched the women weaving. We each agreed that our stop at the Honko mangrove conservation and education centre was most worthwhile.

4. Musee Cedratom

Boulevard Philibert Tsiranana, Toliara, Madagascar
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4 based on 10 reviews

Musee Cedratom

Reviewed By B C - Manchester, United Kingdom

Museum run by University of Toliara
Open Mon - Sat 7.30-11.30 & 14.30-17.30 Entrance Fee 10000 Ariary
Guide/Curator very helpful and informative about all the exhibits
Exhibits include a very rare Mikea mask with real human teeth, egg of the extinct Elephant bird and Sakalava tombs with wooden carved funerary poles.
The visit is very educational in understanding the culture of the Malagasy people. If in Toliara it is essential that you visit to see all under one roof.
This museum is listed in Lonely Planet and Brandt guidebooks for Madagascar.

5. Musee Rabesandratana

Avenue De France, Toliara, Madagascar
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4 based on 12 reviews

Musee Rabesandratana

Reviewed By jazz12354 - Randers, Denmark

Now, this is what museums looked like some 50 years ago. Lots of shells and fish + other maritime critters on display. And a somewhat misplaced ostrich but why not...
There are several stuffed 'blue fish' (coelacanths) which was believed to be extinct but rediscovered in the late 1930s.
Signs (French) are somewhat small and faded and therefore sometimes hard to read. A few modern displays, mostly about protection of environment.
I arrived during opening hours according to my guide book but found the museum closed. However, the lady caretaker opened the door for me.
An interesting way to kill a couple of hours. If you are serioudly interested in maritime animals, big or small, you will probably love it. Also fun for kids.
I don't remember what I paid for a, probably around 3 Euros in Ariarys

6. Yacht Endless Summer - Day Cruise

Port of Tulear, Toliara, Madagascar
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5 based on 3 reviews

Yacht Endless Summer - Day Cruise

Join us onboard Yacht Endless Summer for a 1/2 day or full day catamaran trip around the coastline of Tulear. See another side of Tulear, impossible to imagine from land! It's a tropical paradise with warm, clean waters, just a few minutes out of Tulear. Escape the hustle and bustle of Tulear town, relax onboard, sip on a cool drink, catch a fish, see flamingoes, surf, snorkel, picnic on the beach

Reviewed By Mahaladude - Durban, South Africa

The Endless Summer is a comfortable catamaran running charters in South West Madagascar. Waves in this region are world class and uncrowded and Captain Pete will put you right on the spot when it counts.
In between swells there's great fishing, snorkelling and interesting natural sites and cultures to see. Endless Summer is the perfect platform for exploring this incredible region.

7. L'Univers de la Pierre

Rue des Arcades, Toliara 601, Madagascar +261 32 02 532 02
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2.5 based on 2 reviews

Discover all the precious stones of Madagascar, their size and the design of jewels from carved stones. Free acess and shop.

Reviewed By Marine B - Grenoble, France

J'ai acheté un bijoux avec un petit saphir. Moins d'un mois et demi après je me rend compte que la pierre n'est plus sur mon pendentif. La qualité du montage est très très médiocre. Je ne conseil pas du tout cette boutique à Tuléar.

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