Masoala National Park is to the northeast of Madagascar is also the largest island in Madagascar. The Masoala National Park was established in 1997 and covers an area of about 2300 square kilometers and the marine parks covers an area of 100 square kilometers. The Masoala National Park is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Masoala National Park features a massive flooded forest, coastal forest, rainforest, mangrove and marsh. The island features exceptional flora and fauna and 10 species of lemur that include the Red Ruffed Lemur. The Nosy Mangabe located close to the park is one of the best sites here.
The harbors at the Masoala is also home for several birds among them the rare species found here are Helmet Vanga, Tomato frog and Red Owl. In addition the island also features the Madagascar Serpent-eagle and it can be seen in many parts of the Madagascar region.
The Masoala National Park includes three more parks which are Tampolo, located to the west, Ifaho, to the east, and Ambodilaitry, in the south. These three parks are rich in marine life and is also one of the best places for snorkeling and kayaking. The Antongil Bay is visited by the Humpback Whales in massive numbers at the time of its migration.
The Masoala National Park can be accessed from the Antalaha and Maroantsetra towns. From Antalaha, the park can be accessed by taxis and mountain bikes. From Maroantsetra, the park can be accessed by a boat. The major sites in the park are Cao Est, Nosy Mangabe and the three parks.
The villages close to the park features a number of guest rooms and bungalows. The visitors must be accompanied by an approved guide, in addition there are number of trips organized by the park. The park can be accessed by a boat which takes about three hours and the best time to visit here is in the months of September to December.