Antsiranana Bay

Bay of Diego Suarez
Antsiranana Bay (Madagascar)
Location Diana  Madagascar
Coordinates 12°13′50″S 49°17′34″E / 12.23056°S 49.29278°E / -12.23056; 49.29278Coordinates: 12°13′50″S 49°17′34″E / 12.23056°S 49.29278°E / -12.23056; 49.29278
Ocean/sea sources Indian Ocean
Basin countries  Madagascar
Settlements Antsiranana

Antsiranana Bay (also known as Diego-Suarez Bay), the large natural bay along the northeast coast of Madagascar, is considered one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The bay, protected by a narrow inlet that provides shelter from strong Indian Ocean winds, is believed to be the result of a submerging coastline or a drowned river valley that formed many peninsulas around the bay. The principal city, Antsiranana, is located on a headland; its port, formerly military, became the second commercial port of the island.

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