When to go whale watching in Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Every year between June and November more than 7,000 humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to the waters of Madagascar to breed and calve.

Whale watching in Madagascar

Whale watching in Madagascar

During the mating season the male will put on dramatic displays of physical dominance and acrobatic stunts to vie for the attention of the females making for a truly awe-inspiring experience for spectators.

The government of Madagascar has put in place regulations to ensure that the whales are not disturbed or stressed by boats in the area. As a result most trips are hosted by experienced guides with a wealth of specialist knowledge.

One of the most amazing experiences for visiting whale watchers can be listening to the male’s unique whale song, one of the most complex vocal displays in the animal kingdom, via an on-board hydrophone.

Whale watching at Ile Ste Marie (June to September)

Situated on the Eastern shore of Madagascar this is an ideal place from which to watch the stunning mating rituals and calving of the whales.

Whale watching at Tsarabanjina/Nosy Be (August to November)

The migration through the waters off the North West coast of Madagascar is slightly later but you are still likely to see mothers with their calves and pods of whales showing off their breath-taking acrobatics.

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  • Reply
    February 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Good afternoon,

    I would love to see whales near Tsarabanjina, but do you organize any boat trip from the resort?
    And, is it possible to dive near the island?

    Thank you

    • Reply
      Constance Hotels
      February 18, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Christian, thanks for your message. For information about what is on offer at Tsarabanjina, email our onsite manager Henri on

      We look forward to welcoming you to Constance Hotels & Resorts!

  • Reply
    Linda Walker
    February 8, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Whale watching at Ile Ste Marie (June to September)
    We are a party of two adults and would like to book a day Whale Watching on any day between (and including) Thursday 30th August and Monday 3rd September. We will be staying on Ile Saint Marie, but have not yet booked a hotel.
    Are you able to advise if this is possible and the price ?
    I look forward to hearing from you

    • Reply
      Constance Hotels & Resorts
      February 14, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Linda, thank you for getting in touch. Our reservations team would be happy to provide more information with you about this – you can contact them directly on

      We look forward to welcoming you!

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