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Madagascar’s phenomenal wildlife is not just restrained to land. Head to this wonder-country between June and the end of September to witness one of the most fascinating spectacles on the planet. Large groups of humpback whale make their annual migration from Antarctica and end up in the sea around Sainte Marie on the country’s north eastern coast.
The sheltered waters around Ile St Marie are the perfect spot for whale watching; the humpback whales gather to show off their quite spectacular courtship rituals, as well as calving and nursing their young. Humpbacks weigh in at up to 45 tonnes and reach 15 metres in length and whale watching in Madagascar is a really special experience for anyone with an iota of interest in sea-life, and wildlife in general.
Those who prefer to keep their feet on terra firma won't have to miss out either because the whales can be seen from pretty much everywhere on Ile St Marie. However, the best way to see them is by hopping aboard a fast motor launch with a whale watching specialist, who will be able to take you to all the best spots and give a detailed insight into the whales and their behaviour patterns.
There's also some great whale watching to be had on Nosy Be, an island off the north-west coast of Madagascar, where whales, dolphins and whale sharks all dive together.