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We really excel at tailor-making your trip to your needs. You may want to see certain species or visit particular parks, reserves or lodges. You may want a private plane or helicopter and high class car, or need to travel at a certain time of year. Tailor-making works whether you are an experienced traveler or trying out a wildlife holiday for the first time, wanting to enjoy a wildlife experiences as part of an occasion like a birthday, honeymoon or anniversary, or a busy executive in search of a short wildlife fix.

Have you always wanted to design your own tour but let someone else handle all the nitty gritty of organizing it? Do you run specialized tours where you'd like us to put them together for you? Keen birders, scuba divers, conservationists, volunteers, photographers, surfers, medical adventurers, hikers, bikers, historians and geologists – no matter what your specialty is, we can tailormake accordingly! We also offer unique tours which you're more than welcome to join us on!

Do you have a large family or group of friends that you would like to travel? Does your company want to run its own set of branded series tours? The NDAO-i-Travel tailormade services and charter team can do organize all of this for you, and more! Whether it be in an air-conditioned bus, a minivan or a 4 x 4 vehicle, we will tailor a tour for you to ensure that your dream holiday takes in everything you're expecting from it.

Our team of well-travelled and dedicated individuals will provide you with a detailed itinerary, suggested accommodation, professional, friendly service and all the support you need to make travelling in Madagascar an absolute pleasure.

Whether your party is made up of two or two hundred travelers, we'll pull something special out of the bag, just for you!

You can enjoy complete flexibility in planning and booking on all our tours for a truly customized Madagascar holiday that is in your budget and personal style. Traveling around a theme or exploring something in particular? Our tailor-made holiday experts are eager to assist in planning an experience that fits your requirements putting you in complete control of your next Madagascar holiday.

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Every year between June and November more than 7000 humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to the waters of Madagascar to breed and calve.

Humpbacks weigh in at up to 45 tones and reach 15 meters 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.

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.

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.

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.

Whale watching at Sainte Marie island

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.

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 behavior patterns.

Whale watching at Nosy Be

We organize boat excursions daily for “whales watching”. We spot them and draw near without disturbing groups of whales, in general females with their calves. We outdo them and at 100 m we shut off engines.

At this point, they come to our encounter, curious, letting us get rather close to watch and take photographs. Fortunate observers may hear their “call”, sends out to communicate in long-distance, and submerge underwater with them to observe and take them in photo. When a group moves away, we leave to look for some others, to come closer and to pursue the wonderment… And there are also bottle-nosed dolphins?, Stenella and Tursiopes greeting us regularly during our journeys on boat…


Between October and January it is possible to spot Balaenoptera acutorostrata: spanning a length of some 8-10 m, it weighs up to 9 tons. It is a splendid specie that is among those hunted by Japanese, Norwegians and Icelandics. They catch one hundred of it a year to do “some studies”…

the whale shark

It weighs as much as 30 tons, its mouth can be up to 1,5 m wide and its skin can have 10 cm thick. It’s the whale shark, Rhincodon typus.

Despite the misleading reference, it is a shark – whose name highlights its big dimensions and its physiology looking like those of whales, but eats plankton and small fish as two other unique species: the Megachasma pelagios, A very rare shark seen only during 9 episodes in 1976, and the cetorino, elephant shark.

The whale shark lives in Nosy Be and it won’t be difficult to spot it during journeys on boat. When it is possible, we slide into deep to inspect and to take photos.

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