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A vast portion of Madagascar’s fabled coast is accessible only by boat. I embarked on a ten-day expedition (organized by ALEFA) throughout the northwestern part of the island. I visited remote communities, beautiful empty beaches, had encounters with some of the rarest animals in the world, and a chance to see places few travelers ever have. Each day was different. I foraged, spear-fished and/or traded food with local fishermen. I found fresh water to bathe in and amazing snorkeling and hiking. Exploring the coast of the Grand Terre — the Great Land — as the Sakhalave people of the region call it, was unforgettable.