Whale Watching St. Marie

The most of the South of Madagascar and Sainte Marie Island

Price Detail : From 1310/person 

The final price of this 18-day South & Sainte Marie –  tour will vary according to the desired customization. However, kindly let us know your budget and the plan you have in mind, we will come up with the final price that fits your needs.

SOUTH- EAST- SAINTE MARIE  Route – 18 days  – 17 nights

Directions: Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Ambositra – Ranomafana –Fianarantsoa – Ambalavao – Ranohira – Tuléar –Ifaty – Antananarivo – Andasibe –Tamatave- Mahambo – Sainte Marie – Antananarivo


Arrival at Ivato. Steps for the visa. Guests are welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. Installation at the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to Antsirabe. On the road, panoramic view of the rice fields in steps and the tombs of the Highlands of Madagascar. Stop in Ambatolampy, to visit manufacturing aluminum pots. In the afternoon arrival in Antsirabe. Visit the City of Waters and some Malagasy craft workshops.
Overnight at hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Before departure to Ranomafana, visit Avenue Antsirabe in rickshaw. Stop in Ambositra, the capital of the Malagasy handicrafts and wood carving. Visit a few craft shops in the city of Ambositra. Affter
continuation to the village of Ranomafana. On the road, admiration of the Betsileo ethnic group landscape with architecture and culture of the rice.
Overnight at hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning visit of Ranomafana National Park. Ranomafana rainforest is characterized by the presence of several endemic faunas and floras of the island. There are different types of flowers such as orchids and ferns. A great varieties of faunas also are found in this park as different as lemurs and chameleons. A visit will take 2-3 hours approximately. In the afternoon transfer to the capital of the Betsileo, Fianarantsoa. Visit of the old city classified world patrimony of UNESCO
Overnight at hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to Ambalavao to visit the workshop paper making Antemoro and silk. Then visit the private reserve Anja in Iaritsena for admiring the famous lemur catta. Then continuation to Ranohira through Ihosy the town of Bara ethnic. Arrival at the end of the afternoon in Ranohira.
Overnight at hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Leaving the hotel for a visit of the National Park of Isalo. One day dedicated to visit and to admire the fauna and flora in the park with natural swimming pool, black and blue pool. The park is known for its diverse landscapes, and the Grand Canyon. Late in the afternoon, sunset in the famous ``window of Isalo``.
Overnight at hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to the southern of Madagascar. View of the first south baobab. Admiring the arid landscape and tombs of the Mahafaly ethnic group. Stop in the national park Zombitse Vohibasia to see the southern baobabs. Then, continue to the fishermen's village where the most beautiful beach in the south is, Ifaty.
Accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 9: IFATY - TULEAR - ANTANANARIVO (domestic flight)

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to the airport of Tulear to take the flight TULEAR - ANTANANARIVO.
Accommodation at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Day off
Accommodation at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to Andasibe. On the road, panoramic view of the east of the red island. Stop in Marozevo to visit the private reserve Peyreiras. Then visit the market and the city of Moramanga. Continuation to Andasibe National Park. Nocturnal visit in the national park of Andasibe.
Overnight at hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure early in the morning to visit the National Park Analamazaotra. It is the only national park where we can find the biggest lemur of Madagascar, the Indri indri. The park is also located in a wetland, so several floras and fauna found there are endemic to this region. In the afternoon, visit Vakona reserve. Opportunity to see other species of lemurs and other animals.
Overnight at hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel
Departure to the capital economic of Madagascar, Tamatave. On the road, panoramic view of the East landscapeof the Big Island. Visit of the city.
Overnight at hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel
Departure to Mahambo. Transfer by boat to the island of Sainte Marie. We make a trip of 2-3 hours. Arrival on the island, transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel
Free days
Accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 17: SAINTE MARIE - ANTANANARIVO (domestic flight)

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to the Sainte Marie airport to take the flight to the capital. Arrival in Antananarivo, the clients are received by the representative of the agency.
Accommodation at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit of Antananarivo. Last purchase in the craft market. Transfer to the hotel.
Transfer to the Ivato airport to take the international flight. Boarding formalities


- 4x4 car (2-4pax) with French or English speaking driver
- Minivan (4-6pax) - bus (from 7pax) with driver
- All the fuel along the circuit
- Tourist taxes.
- Transfer airport - hotel - airport.
- Transfer hotel - port - hotel
- Local guides in national parks and nature reserves.
- Entry fees into national parks and nature reserves mentioned in the circuit.
- Rooms with breakfast.
-Transfer by public boat from Mahambo to Sainte Marie
- Half board in Sainte Marie with superior category hotel
- Half board from 7pax
- Picnic on day 6


- The visa
- Tips
- International flights and domestic flights
- Personal expenitures
- Drinks
- Lunch and / or dinner
- Airport taxes


The big attraction from late June to mid-October is their arrival in the Sainte-Marie canal. Each year, these cetaceans, measuring up to 15 meters for 40 tons, travel more than 5000 km to give birth. Observable since the beaches, they are about 2000 to 3000 to assure the spectacle for our greatest pleasure: songs of the males, jumps, clashes characterize the parades in love, and birth of calves.
For at least one season, the female whale once made her choice, keep the same partner. The female will eventually leave the icy waters to give birth in warmer waters, including Sainte Marie island. When the calf emerges, the mother will bring it to the surface for its first breath. Humpback whales are visiting Sainte-Marie Island between July and September mainly.

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Whale watching sainte marie island or humpbackes whales st. marie island between june and september. Madagascar: “Big Island” of the Indian Ocean, “sanctuary of nature”, “island-continent”, “paradise unknown”, “cultural crossroads” … Tourist brochures incense this lost land off Africa , and yet so close, sometimes, of Asia. But Tanindrazana, the “land of ancestors” is not reduced to these shiny slogans or shimmering stereotypes. How to describe the fascinating color schemes, these shades of purple, vermilion, cobalt, ebony, opal, emerald and jade, so many lively watercolors that enchant the eye …? Madagasikara is more. Each trip is different, that’s why we come back constantly, as hungry for new beauties, as intoxicated with aromas even more powerful than the incense of mysterious forests. And, it is the ideal destination to approach the mythical humpback whales between mid-June and early October.

Whale watching Sainte Marie Madagascar : a magical moment to not be ignored

There is an urgency to discover this wonderful country, where everything is possible and unlikely. Let’s face it, it’s one of the poorest countries in the world. However, what smiles everywhere offered abroad, the vazaha that all children salute everywhere, that shared joy without restraint or false modesty! Madagascar gives itself and does not recover. Do not come and look for what you can not find: adventure is everywhere, every moment. This is the price of an unusual meeting, an appointment with the dead and our cousins ​​lemurs. Have your eyes open, your hand outstretched, your mind full of enchantment to share. Go free and without prejudices: these nourish ignorance and perpetuate exclusion. Happy as one who dreams of a long journey – for the days here are an eternity. A magic and haunting attraction: humpback whales crisscross the Malagasy coast from July to October. Sainte Marie island is today the most popular destination to observe these peaceful humpback whales st. marie island, but you should know that it is possible to admire them almost everywhere: in Tulear, Fort Dauphin, Nosy Be, Maroantsetra, Sambava …

Humpback whales  sainte marie : An impressive animal

The humpback whales sainte marie is between 14 and 17 m long (the largest specimen identified is 19 m tall) and weighs about 40 tons: a beautiful baby! It is found in all the seas of the world (even in southern Patagonia), and is the object, as in Sainte Marie island, of a little more “ecological” and tourist attention in recent years: it is the ” whale-watching “(whale watching). It is identified by its black color on the top, whitish on the underside, but one of its main characteristics is the tubers (small protuberances, in fact hair follicles) on his head. The undulations of the caudal fin, the scars and the black or white spots are specific to each individual.

The humpback whales surfaces regularly and then expels the air from its lungs.

The humpback wales are  forming a kind of “geyser” up to 3 m high while expelling the air from its lungs! This is when she shows her famous “hump”, in fact her back that is round before probing (that is to say to dive).

The sexual parades (jumps, vertical dressings, water strikes with the fins, dodges) take place during the winter (austral … The months of June to September are thus favorable times to observe them around Madagascar). At this moment, the males enter a wild competition for the sweet eyes of their beautiful. The game can last several hours, new contenders can replace the riders rejected by the lady: there were more than twenty males around a single female! It should be noted that these artistic manifestations have also been observed outside the reproduction period, which would mean that they also have a communication role.

Whale watching Sainte Marie Island : an extraordinary natural event in Madagascar

Let’s mention again the other famous feature of humpback whales: the song. They may start singing for several days. The melody, consisting of shades of low notes, is extremely complex, and coherent sound sequences are repeated. As humpback whales only sing in the mating season, it is assumed that this is a means of seduction.

Sainte Marie island, tropical paradise of Madagascar

Equidistant from Toamasina and Antongil Bay, Sainte Marie (160 km2 for about 22 000 inhabitants) is a tropical oasis that captivates. With its beautiful beaches and indolent atmosphere reminiscent of earthly paradise, most travelers are seduced and come back delighted. We, too, have greatly appreciated the kindness of the inhabitants, their sweetness of life, and the rugged beauty of its coasts (north and east especially, or on the island with mats). However, if the island counts a good number of hotels and service providers, the tourism remains here very measured.