Take off from the beach via a catamaran and leave the lodge behind to visit the local market in the fishing village, or take a low tide stroll amidst the mangroves satiated with species so diverse you may well discover your own new or undocumented zoological island being. Bug-eyed lemurs, tomato frogs, elephant birds and the elusive aye-aye may present themselves to you as the forest bears her secrets. As your interaction with nature is on foot, immersion is more complete than exploring by vehicle (although 4×4 is also an option for a non-pedestrian perspective of the island).
That said, navigating the island by vehicle can be an adventure on its own. Minimal infrastructure and corrugated roads seem far longer than they are. Your toils will however not go without reward, as the road less travelled offers up friendly Malagasy locals, eclectic culture drawn from various influences over the centuries, and varying landscapes.
Dense rainforest in the east and dry grasslands to the west are divided by the Haux Plateaux, a mountainous ridge that threads its way through the centre of the island, leaving you with a wealth of material for the upcoming dinner conversation.