“FROM EARLY OCTOBER TO THE END OF DECEMBER”
Let’s swim together with the whale shark!
Spectacular encounters with the amazing whale shark, the largest fish in the world; few people in their lives are lucky enough to meet it.
Don’t miss your chance, whether you’re a diver or not, we recommend you participate in our WHALE SHARK WATCHING activities.
A marine biologist will follow you fin by fin on this adventure, revealing the secrets, behaviour and biology of this enormous filter-feeder through responsible snorkelling.
Together with us you will learn the right way to approach sharks and have fun with them, you will understand when to get in or out of the water so as not to disturb our dotty friends, you will understand how to estimate their length and you will realise how delicate these large and harmless sharks are.
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DON’T LEAVE YOUR DREAMS LOCKED IN A DRAWER, LIVE OUT YOUR MOMENT BY SWIMMING ALONGSIDE THE KIND GIANT OF THE OCEAN!
The waters of Nosy Be already from the end of September, and especially between the beginning of October and the end of December, fill up with an enormous amount of food, the “plankton”, attracting a multitude of filter fish of different species and sizes.
Since ancient times, a regular who comes to visit us is the largest fish in the world and the most sought after by all lovers of the sea, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus).
The sea is a mirrored board, there is not a breath of wind and looking at the horizon it is hard to understand where the sky ends and the Ocean begins, the only waves you see are those emitted by the engines of our fast boats.
The first night rains of the season, with the help of the currents begin to transport, mix and bring the plankton to the surface, to create endless lanes of nectar in the Ocean where you see an explosion of life, a real documentary of National Geographic where the protagonists will be yourself.
Sea birds like gannets, terns and frigates, start their fishing by launching themselves into the water like missiles in order to catch small sardines that, exhausted and reunited, try to escape from the ravenous jaws of Bonito tunas that frantically jump out of the water making it boil.
Careful and vigilant we are watching every shadow and movement in the water.
All of a sudden from the abysses here he appears, undisturbed by our presence and in the middle of the chaos of the food chain, with his calm and elegant gait, has arrived the good giant of the Ocean, the “Maro Kintana”, which means many stars; it is so defined by the local fishermen because its light grey livery is completely covered by white pois.
This big filter, unfortunately at risk of extinction, comes to visit us in the warm waters of Nosy Be to feed and increase its tonnage.
It seems to measure up to 18mt but the scientific data speak of about 12 mt and a weight ranging from 18 to 21 tons.
Here in Nosy Be we have individuals who hardly exceed 10 meters and can swallow up to 2 million liters of water in a few hours “while snacking”.
In 2015, 163 different individuals were identified along the coasts of Nosy Be and 70% of them were male.
Thanks to the tagging with sophisticated buoys emitting signals picked up by satellites, it has been possible to prove that a female in only 3 months has completed 4350 Km, more or less from the South of Madagascar until stopping here in Nosy Be.
This experience will lives you marks on both heart and mind!
Half day, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm with a minimum of 10 participating adults.
Included in the price, boat trip approved for tourist transport and insured for third parties, marine biology lesson on whale shark, snorkeling equipment, water, fruit, sweets and iced tea.
All day in combination with lunch at Nosy Sakatia and snorkeling with big green turtles.
From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a minimum of 10 participating adults.
Included in the price, boat trip approved for tourist transport and insured for third parties, marine biology lesson on whale shark and Chelonia mydas turtles, snorkeling equipment, water, fruit, sweets and iced tea, lunch in Nosy Sakatia including drinks (water, coca-cola, beer, mocha coffee).