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Cruises visiting Tulear & all Tulear cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Tulear in the 2019-2021 seasons.

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Tulear (aka Toliara, Toliary) is a town with a seaport on the SW coast of Madagascar, with a population of 160,000. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and home to five percent of the world's plant and animal species. About eighty percent of these are endemic to Madagascar. The country became independent from France in 1960. Malagasy and French are the official languages. Tulear's colonial style buildings, grand lanes and innumerable multi-coloured rickshaws (pousse pousse) make a lasting impression on its visitors. Here locals prefer rickshaw transport over cars. The result is an unusually unpolluted city for its size and population, which makes the town well worth exploring.

Local museums are worth visiting: The Museum of Arts and Traditions of South Madagascar, the Regional Museum of the University of Toliari (with Sakalava erotic tomb sculptures and several masks of the Mikea tribe), and the Museum of the Sea (which displays a coelacanth caught locally). A main attraction of Toliara is its market, which is lively and interesting, as well as one of the best places to buy lambas (pareos). Discover all the precious stones of Madagascar, their size and the design of jewels from carved stones, at L'Univers de la Pierre. A locally known shell market, on the waterfront, behind the French Alliance, sells shells and various handicraft products.

Visit the Antsokay Arboretum, 10km to the SE of the port, a botanic garden with a collection of over 900 plant species, and creatures seen nowhere else in the world. There’s the Honko Community-based Mangrove Reserve, noted for its wetland bird diversity of at least 37 species. While Tulear itself is missing a swimming beach, Playa (Beach) de la Batterie is reached by a 4 km rickshaw ride north of the town. Continue by foot across salt-production fields in the direction of the light tower to find some large and beautiful sand dunes.

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