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Nosy Boraha’s sleepy coastal communities sit comfortably next to discreet beach hotels where the air is filled with the freshness of the sea and the intoxicating scent of cloves. It is also a great destination for whale watching trips, as humpbacks congregate here between July and September.

Located off Madagascar's north east coast, Nosy Boraha is very much a picture postcard tropical island, dotted with deserted sandy beaches, sheltered coves protected by coral reefs and rolling hills covered in lush vegetation. The island itself is 50 kilometres long and just seven kilometres at its widest point, and yet it is packed with things to see and do.

Previously known as Île Sainte-Marie, the island is a great destination for whale watching, as humpbacks congregate in its sheltered waters between July and September to mate, give birth and rear their young. The humpbacks migrate from the colder seas of the Antarctic where they feed to the warmer waters off the coast of Nosy Boraha. The months when the humpback whales can be seen are also generally the best time to visit when it comes to the weather as well. Late June to September is known for its calm and sunny weather patterns. 

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black and white ruffed lemur, humpback whale, white-fronted brown lemur, mouse lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur
  • Where: Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar