Located off the Eastern shores of Madagascar, Ille Saint Marie is the perfect island destination for anyone looking for a tropical holiday spiced with a hint of adventure. Home to pirate graveyards, hidden waterfalls and palm-laden beaches, Saint Marie offers up both romance and excitement, with a good selection of hotels and resorts that manage to blend in, rather than overtake, the Robinson Crusoe setting. Visit between June and September and you’ll be treated to one of most impressive whale migrations in the Indian ocean, as humpbacks seek out Saint Marie’s sheltered waters to give birth and nurse their young. To get here you’ll need to fly or brave a ferry crossing. Most boats can be arranged from Toamasina.