Antseranana (Antsirenana or Diego Suarez) is a cosmopolitan seaport overlooking a breathtaking gulf. The many lakes, waterfalls and grottoes in the rainforests make this an excellent place to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of Madagascar. The nation’s other trademark, historically, is pirates. In the 17th century, an estimated one thousand pirates were resident on the island’s east coast, and left behind hundreds of rotting wooden wrecks as a reminder. You can visit them on dug out Pirogue canoes, which glide smoothly through the sparkling, sandy waters.