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Toliara, also known as Tulear, is a city located in the far southwest of Madagascar. It lies on the Mozambique Channel and is the capital of the Atsimo-Andrefana region. The city was founded in the mid-nineteenth century by the French and was named after the nearby river of the same name. Toliara is a major port and fishing center, and is home to a large number of ethnic groups.

Toliara is situated on the Mozambique Channel, in the southwestern region of Madagascar, near the borders with Mozambique and South Africa. The city is located in a dry and arid region, and is the gateway to the nearby Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also home to several important historical sites, including the ruins of the ancient Sakalava kingdom.

Toliara has a long and varied history, including several periods of French colonial rule. During the colonial period, Toliara was a major trading port, and the city was home to a large number of immigrants from Europe and other parts of the world. After independence in 1960, Toliara became the capital of the Atsimo-Andrefana region.

Today, Toliara is an important port and fishing center, and is home to a large number of ethnic groups. The city is also a popular tourist destination, and is home to several beautiful beaches and other attractions. The city is also home to several important historical sites, including the ruins of the ancient Sakalava kingdom.

Excursion tips for a day in Toliara

As a tourist in Toliara, Madagascar, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy on any given day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Visit the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean and enjoy some sunbathing or swimming.

2. Take a boat tour of the nearby islands and explore the local wildlife.

3. Visit the local markets to experience the vibrant culture and pick up some souvenirs.

4. Take a guided tour of the nearby parks and reserves to spot some of the local wildlife.

5. Explore the nearby caves and learn about the local history and culture.

6. Visit the nearby museums and art galleries to learn more about the region.

7. Take a day trip to the nearby villages to experience the local culture and cuisine.

8. Enjoy some watersports such as kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing.

9. Take a scenic drive through the countryside and admire the stunning landscapes.

10. Visit the local restaurants to sample the local cuisine.

Experience Toliara with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Toliara. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Toliara

Toliara in Madagascar experiences a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a long, humid rainy season from November to April, and a dry season from May to October. During the rainy season, temperatures are hot and humid, with an average temperature of 27°C and frequent thunderstorms. The dry season is milder, with temperatures averaging around 25°C and very little rainfall. During this time, the climate is generally dry and sunny with occasional cool breezes.

Cruise weather for Toliara

Our weather forecast for Toliara helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 13.7 °C
20.5 m/s
18.7 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
63.1 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 30.8 °C
min: 14.8 °C
21.6 m/s
31.3 m/s
0.2 %
24.1 m
68.6 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 16.3 °C
17.6 m/s
24.8 m/s
0.1 %
24.1 m
59.7 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 15.2 °C
13.0 m/s
10.1 m/s
0.3 %
24.1 m
69.1 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.4 °C
min: 14.6 °C
21.6 m/s
26.3 m/s
2.6 %
24.1 m
70.7 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 14.6 °C
18.4 m/s
42.5 m/s
0.7 %
24.1 m
63.9 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 14.7 °C
23.8 m/s
42.8 m/s
0.3 %
24.1 m
65.2 %
1,023 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 25.5 °C
min: 14.1 °C
19.1 m/s
29.2 m/s
1.1 %
24.1 m
67.3 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 24.8 °C
min: 13 °C
14.0 m/s
11.5 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
65.7 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 26.7 °C
min: 13.1 °C
16.6 m/s
18.4 m/s
0.1 %
24.1 m
66.8 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 14.8 °C
16.6 m/s
17.3 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
65.0 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 28.5 °C
min: 16.1 °C
15.8 m/s
22.4 m/s
10.8 %
24.1 m
71.3 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 27.5 °C
min: 16.6 °C
24.8 m/s
37.1 m/s
9.2 %
24.1 m
70.2 %
1,022 hPa

Cruises to Toliara

Would you like to travel to Toliara on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Toliara.

Scheduled ship calls in Toliara, Madagascar
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 13th 2024 Friday, 13th of Dec. 2024 LE DUMONT DURVILLE 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 14th 2024 Saturday, 14th of Dec. 2024 LE DUMONT DURVILLE 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 9th 2025 Thursday, 9th of Jan. 2025 LE DUMONT DURVILLE 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 10th 2025 Friday, 10th of Jan. 2025 LE DUMONT DURVILLE 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 27th 2026 Tuesday, 27th of Jan. 2026 MS Nautica 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Feb. 22nd 2026 Sunday, 22nd of Feb. 2026 Seven Seas Voyager 10:00 am 07:00 pm
Mar. 31st 2026 Tuesday, 31st of Mar. 2026 MS Nautica 11:00 am 07:00 pm

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