In many ways the most unique of the island options, Madagascar offers an incredible diversity of terrain, biodiversity and activities that the others don’t. Its evolutionary history: it broke away from the continental landmass over 100 million years ago, has resulted in a profusion of fascinating animal and plant life that is endemic to the island. It is these creatures, ranging from the lemurs and giant chameleons to the towering baobab trees and a host of colourful bird species that have become the major attraction.
And its large size: it’s the fourth largest island in the world, includes a vast mountain plateau running almost the entire length of the island, the dry desert terrain of the south and dense rainforests to the north and east. And then of course there are the endless unspoilt tropical beaches that ring the island making for great surfing, sailing and diving.