Isla Santa María (French: Île Sainte-Marie1), known locally as Nosy Boraha, 2 is an island off the east coast of Madagascar. The main city is Ambodifotatra. The city covers an area of ​​222 km², and had an estimated population in 2001 of 16,325 people. Pirate Cemetery on Santa Maria Island, Madagascar The island is organized as the city of Isla Santa María (Île Sainte-Marie) known as an urban commune, in the Analanjirofo Region. It is a tourist destination, it has an elongated shape with 49 km long and less than 5 km wide. The airport is located on the southern tip of the island and is served by Air Madagascar from Antananarivo and Tamatave. Many hotels are mainly located between the airport and Ambodifotatra. The Church of Saint Mary (L’église de Sainte-Marie), located near Ambodifotatra, built in 1857, is the oldest church in Madagascar. The island is located in the vicinity of remarkable inlets and bays, some were the haunts of pirates in the South Seas, the activities of pirates and buccaneers experienced a growth in the period between 1620 and 1680. The island is appeased by the Royal French Navy and is occupied by the French since 1750, becoming a French colony from 1820-1822. To this day, remains of ships of these feared corsairs can still be found submerged on the island’s shores. And one of the biggest tourist attractions is the visit to the pirates’ cemetery, where the graves are marked with two tibiae a skull, as Sabina sang when she chose, out of all the lives, that of the lame pirate. The landscape of Santa María to give entrance to tourists, who come attracted by the beauty of its beaches, sown with coconut trees, but also by the possibilities offered by the islet for hiking and cycling; To which must be added the two most popular activities: on the one hand diving and snorkeling to contemplate the coral richness of its reefs, and on the other hand the sighting of humpback whales.


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