The whale's season in Madagascar - Sainte Marie
Whales, or even "humpback whale Megaptera" have long pectoral fins. They have the particularity to feed in the cold seas and come to breed in the warm seas, as in Sainte-Marie, during the months of July, August, September and October. It is the sanctuary these humpback whales have chosen to mate, to give birth to their babies and begin to educate them. In Malagasy, the whales are called "trozona ', the inhabitants of Sainte-Marie designate them " Zagnaharibe " which means " Great God". The whales are very respected and protected by the local population.
A touching & unforgettable spectacle
During your holidays in Sainte Marie, in season, you will have the opportunity to observe these whales at sea as impressive. Often, we can locate them thanks to their breath that pass the jet and wave that it causes. What kind of mammals are they? they must go back to the surface regularly to breathe. Then you will see the one of the finest performances of your life when the boat will be approached to animal and you will find yourself with a few meters of him. Whether it's a male jumping and does parades to attract the female's attention, or a mother who drives her smallbaby. You will never forget that moment you met the Whales.
Indeed every year, from June to September, hundreds of Whales from the Antarctics come and reproduce to give birth to new young whales. This fascinating dance spectacle of Cetaceans together with their babies which is visible nowhere else but here.
These tremendous mammals of 30 to 40 tonnes and averagely about 17 meters long live in the antarctics where they eat Krill. From April, they begin their long trip of about 6000 Km which leads them to predilected post: Madagascar and Sainte-marie.
The songs and acrobatics of whales
Other worthwhile activities
DIVING: For those who are fond of Diving and virgin coral reef, Sainte Marie is considered as one of the most wonderful site of the Indian Ocean and constitutes a privileged place.
The Diving Center of Ambodifotatra can provide large choice of Diving such as baptism in didactic courses...
The Free Diving will enable you to discover the wonderful and wilde lagoon that surround the village of Nosy Borah. You can also go and discover the "îlots aux Sables" where you'll make acquaintance with the multi-colored fish of the Reefs.
FISHING: At Sainte-Marie, those who like fishing will be satisfied. Amateurs, passionate ones or neophytes, you shall be filled with by the diversity of the fish present in Sainte'Marie's Sea: Blue-spotted trevally, ignobilis jacks, barracudas, Chinese pooches, yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, dorado dolphin fish, captains, thazars, groupers, rays, rock fish, not to mention hammerhead sharks or white tip sharks ..
You are allowed to practise any kind of fishing technics according to your mood: trolling offshore, inshore trolling, surfcasting, handlines...
KITE SURFING & WINDSURF: You can also practise the nautic sport such as Kite surf or Windsurf or a mere promenade on boat.
EXCURSION IN "PIRATES CIMETERY"
VISIT OF THE BAY OF AMPANIHY
VISIT OF THE CAPITAL AMBODIFOTATRA( visit of port and market). DISCOVERY OF THE ÏLOT MADAME AND SOME BOUTIQUES OF SOUVENIRS
VISIT OF "ÎLE AUX NATTES" (NOSY NANTO)
TREKKING INSIDE THE ISLAND: visit the small villages of Farmers in the Valley. Along the rice fields, go through stream and have a little rest under the shadow of coconut tree, there you wil discover the daily life of the autochtones.
... Day by Day Itinerary ...
Day 2: Antananarivo - Andasibe
Day 3: Andasibe National park
Day 4: Andasibe - Foul pointe
Day 5: Foulpointe - Sonieran'Ivongo - Sainte Marie
Day 6, 7, 8 and 9: Sainte Marie
Day 10: Sainte Marie - Antananarivo - HOME
Prices per persons
- * 1620 Euro
- ** 1930 Euro
- *** 2540 Euro
NB: - the stars correspond to hotels standings
- Number of participants, minimum 2
- Tour only possible in July, August and September
Are included in that price:
- Car rental + Driver + Fuel (Day 1, 2,3,4 &5)
- Transfers Airport - Hotel, Hotel - Airport
- Bilingual Tour Manager (day 1 to 5)
- Hotels in Half board from Day to Day 10 (bed & breakfast & diners)
- Boat transfer Sonieran'ivongo - Sainte Marie
- Andasibe fee + local guide
- Domestic flight Sainte Marie > Tana
- vignette touristics
Are not included in that prices:
- International flights
- Extra bed
- personal expences (souvenirs,...)
- All activities at Sainte-marie
- Day Use last day (if necessary)