This morning we rented off-road motorcycles to go to the bay of Ampanihy located 35 km on the east coast of Sainte Marie Island.
After 1 hour of winding dirt and sand track and many villages crossed, we arrive at the Chez Nono restaurant which has a breathtaking view of the mangroves of Ampany Bay. We leave the motorcycles there and continue by canoe to reach the peninsula located on the other side of the Mangrove. We cross the primary forest and arrive on the beach exposed to the east.
The weather is beautiful, the place is breathtakingly beautiful. But very quickly we see an absolutely incredible amount of macro plastic waste on these beaches. Large quantities of plastic debris of all kinds and colors everywhere. We take pictures of this beautiful place and unfortunately severely impacted by plastic.
We continue on the beach because we have an appointment with Modeste. This 71-year-old man speaks French perfectly like all old Malagasy people. He is employed by a hotel to clean this beach every day because large amounts of plastic are coming in from the global ocean. This meeting with this gentleman was absolutely incredible. It is already 1:30 p.m. and we are leaving Ampany Bay because Nono is waiting for us with his famous coconut crab. It’s a real feast and another great meeting we have with Mr. Nono.
It is already 3pm and we take the track back to Ilot Madame where our boat is. Tonight we eat a duck confit accompanied by potatoes sautéed in duck fat and take a well-deserved rest.