Madagascar : a fabulous “safari whales” at Ste Marie

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We took a domestic flight from Antananarivo Airport at 8am and landed safely 45 minutes later at Ste Marie island at the Indian Ocean, along the east coast of Madagascar. The view from the plane’s window is so breathtaking : large blue sea, surrounding a colorful land.

The small” Ile Ste Marie” is famous and known as a touristic location . Every year, from June to September, humpback whales make migration here to engage courtship or to nurse their babies. So, there are so many tourists and that’s why there are a great variety of hotels and restaurant. We started our visit by taking a Tuc Tuc, this kind of vehicle-bike and getting a tour of the town . You can also pay a visit to the tomb of pirates . The town is animated and people are so friendly. The local restaurant serve you of course rice with a plate of seafood : the popular fish with coconut cream. After lunch, we were hanging around the small town and heading back to our hotel to lay on the hamac while enjoying a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean. At dinner time, a local band gave a show of Malagasy songs and dance .

The next day, we were so excited to go to the safari whales. This excursion will give us a chance to see whales in their natural habitat. It was our first time to take a speed boat. A local touristic guide from the association CETAMADA which provides care to whales environment, came with us. We left the port of Ambodifotatra at 6.30am wearing life vest. A few kilometers far from the coast, in the deep water,we met the first group of humpbacks whales told to be active:one female followed by two males. The males would perform their best acrobatic moves to court her . Then, she’s going to choose one of the two males to be her partner. It was a fantastic moment watching a lot of these charismatic cetaceans in the deep sea. Despite their enormous size,they seem peaceful and gentle.

The third day, we took a traditional canoe to reach the tiny island called “Ile aux Nattes”. It’s a paradise location : quiet, spectacular view, emphasizing your feeling with nature! We enjoyed swimming at the blue lagoon for the whole day. Later, we had a delicious lunch made of grilled fish , steamed rice and fresh vegetable salad: carrots, tomatoes, homemade garlic sauce. It is possible as well to make an hour tour around this small island with a traditional boat.

Then, the fourth day, on Sunday morning, we went to the first catholic church, built by France in Madagascar. The old centenary furniture are still inside. After the mass, we went back to our hotel and enjoyed again the nice view of the blue ocean in front of us. Of course, if you are keen of diving, there are many hotels that can plan this activity. One of them is Libertalia Hotel. And there is also an interesting park nearby where you can see lemurs.

On the fifth day , we’ve planned to visit the North part of Ste Marie. We had a brief stop at a waterfall , admiring the beauty of the wild nature before heading to a restaurant . Once again, we had a delicious meal, like before, it had a very unique taste! Around 3 pm, we continued our road to the “piscine naturelle”, a natural basin, a sort of small pool surrounded by the corralling. It is such a breathtaking area. After one hour, the local inhabitants warned us to come out from the pool because the high tide is starting to come up. So, we left the northern area, heading back to our hotel after buying some “souvenir” like spices : cinnamon powder, ylang ylang perfume.

We just hung around our hotel for our last stay at Ste Marie: eating breakfast full of fresh fruits, laying on the hamac, sunbathing… And as we were looking at the sea, we had a nice surprise : a chance to see a whale splashing around by the shore! After a while, we had a great lunch, a nice nap under the sun and the breeze from the ocean. A beautiful sunset reminds us to pack our bags and keeping in our minds full images of all the memories we made .

Of course, the next morning we had to leave this magical island with joy and peace inside our heart! And I know, I’m going to write down very soon my next post about another incredible trip in Madagascar !

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