Madagascar: A gemologist’s journey (Morondava)

On Monday, June 9, 2014 we left Ifaty and took our clown bus back to Tulear where we boarded an Air Madagascar flight to Morondava. Morondava is further north on the west coast of Madagascar.
Tulear to Morondava
It was a long busy day and we would be getting up early the next morning. So after a late dinner we headed back to our rooms to go to bed.

We left early the next morning for the 13-hour journey on extremely bad roads, en route to Tsingy. Along the way we stopped to see the icons of Madagascar: the Baobab Trees on the famous Avenue of the Baobabs. They tower high above the regular trees in the area.

Nautillus Resort
There are 8 species of Baobab trees, of which six are endemic to Madagascar. Two others are found in Australia and east Africa. Some Baobabs are up to 2,000 years old. The trees are huge…you can see me standing at the base of one of them in my red top and white skort.

In my next post, we will continue our journey on the road to Tsingy National Park.

Author: Michelle M. Rahm is a GIA-trained Graduate Gemologist and is President of Colorado’s Mile High Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association. She has been selling gemstones and jewelry online since 1997. Visit her websites and

About mrahm

Michelle holds a Graduate Gemologist Diploma, Graduate Diamonds Diploma and Graduate Colored Stones Diploma through the Gemological Institute of America's distance education program. Michelle currently serves as President of the Mile High GIA Alumni Association. She also serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Jeweler's Association and is a member of the American Gem Trade Association.
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