This has been an incredible experience. It is so much better to take a tour to see more of the country, and some of the places are beautiful. I recommend staying at Vokilava on Ile St. Marie and Vakona Lodge to see lemurs. Our guide has been very helpful, being flexible with our changing plans. He has also been very nice, suggesting things to do along the way and helping with our language barrier- and most importantly, he has been on time to pick us up, saving us any worry. I would recommend this trip, but do suggest you speak some French and get your ferry tickets early!