whale sharks of madagascar

Whale Sharks of Madagascar Extension

Swim with Massive Whale Sharks—the Earth’s Largest Fish


Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the ocean and among the docile, regularly visit Nosy Be Island in northwestern Madagascar between the end of September and December. Growing as long as 65 feet, these fish are plankton feeders, scooping up tiny plants and small fish while gliding close to the surface. Swimming among these creatures is a wonderful thrill—don your fins, mask, and snorkel and get ready for one of the great wildlife experiences of the world! A seaside hotel with an infinity pool keeps you comfortable as you enjoy this great adventure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Antananarivo / Nosy Be

Fly to Nosy Be, an island off northwestern Madagascar. You’ll be met on arrival by our representative and transferred to the seaside Residence Villas…BLD

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Day 2
Whale Shark Excursion

After breakfast, a 20-minute drive brings you to the harbor for a half-day excursion with whale sharks. The boat is simple and hosts 10-12 passengers. Snorkel, fins, and masks are provided (or you can bring your own). The waters in this area are very calm and offer crystal-clear visibility. During the excursion, the boat follows the route of the whale sharks as they swim along at about three miles an hour. You will be getting in and out of the water six or seven times by descending a small step with a railing (staff is available to help, but you must be mobile enough to get yourself in and out of the boat). Etiquette for swimming with whale sharks includes not approaching them closer than nine feet, not using flash photography, and remaining still in the water if they swim towards you. The boat crew will have further instructions.

Return to the hotel for lunch and optional afternoon activities. Later in the day, you’ll be met for a drive to a vista point on Mont Passot where you can enjoy a beautiful Indian Ocean sunset. Dinner is on your own this evening at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Residence Villas…BL

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Day 3
Whale Shark Excursion or Excursion to Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely

Enjoy your choice of another morning with the whale sharks, or choose to travel by private boat to two of the surrounding islands.

On the island excursion, you’ll visit cone-shaped Nosy Komba, where a 20-minute walk brings you to a nature park where black macaco lemurs are found. Boating further to the island of Nosy Tanikely, a small protected marine reserve, you’ll be gliding over pristine coral formations brimming with life. There is great snorkeling here in clear waters and a chance to see hawksbill and green turtles, dolphins, and multi-colored coral Return to Nosy Be for an afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Residence Villas…BLD

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Day 4

Fly back to the capital for an overnight at Relais des Plateaux…BL

Note: There are a few flights departing direct from Nosy Be to Paris (or other European cities).

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Day 5

Transfer to the airport for your departing flight…BLD


Length: 5 days
Cost From: $2990  
Arrive: Nosy Be, Madagascar
Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lodging: 4 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Snorkeling, Wildlife and Natural History
Trip Level:

Snorkeling 2-3 hours on 1 or 2 days, exploring by boat, optional short hikes