The east coast of Madagascar is full of places often unknown, but oh so wonderful! In addition to the ancient haunts of pirates and other ancient military forts such as Farafaty, there are also tiny islands such as Plum Island. The latter houses a magnificent lighthouse, a historical heritage dating back to the 30s.
The lighthouse at Plum Island, the highest in Africa
The lighthouse is a superb "historic monument" in reinforced concrete with an octagonal section. It was built in the 1930s, between 1931 and 1933. Top of its 60 meters, it is considered the highest lighthouse in Africa. Globally, it is 28th in terms of height, just like the famous lighthouse Eckmühl in Finistère, France. The lighthouse at Plum Island has become a tourist attraction with the natural assets of Plum Island. The islet is only 10 nautical miles from the north-north-east coast of Toamasina; about 1 hour and 30 minutes by boat. Several tourist operators have in their programs visits to discover this island.
About Plum Island
Also called Nosy Alagnagna, Nosy Alanana, Nosy Ilaintsambo or Island Prune, this wonderful little island has a remarkable biodiversity. Apart from its main attraction, the lighthouse, it has a forest with endemic species such as the "flying fox". It is an endemic bat whose scientific name is "Pteropus rufus". In addition, the islet also has a rich marine fauna that attracts visitors irresistibly. It is a real giant aquarium, suitable for underwater diving. Finally, the beautiful beaches and the lagoon protected by a coral reef crown all to offer you a moment of relaxation on a small island paradise.