Tomasina was developed as a resort during colonial times. These days, the town is a popular holiday destination among the more affluent Malagasy. Every Sunday, come rain or shine, the town’s fashionable youth gather on the seafront to promenade, flirt and ride around in high-wheeled pousses-pousses. Toamasina is a vibrant and important town, a centre of commerce for the east and one of the country’s major ports. It’s also a convenient spot to break the journey between Antananarivo and Île Sainte Marie, or to organize a trip down the Canal des Pangalanes.