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Dive Review of Nosy Sakatia/same in
Africa/Madagascar, Nosy Sakatia Lodge

Nosy Sakatia/same: "whale shark season", Oct, 2023,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Top Contributor Top Contributor 41 reports with 28 Helpful votes). Report 12702.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
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Snorkeling 5 stars
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Beginners 5 stars
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Comments Nosy Sakatia Lodge Madagascar (see undercurrent 9/22)
The whale sharks appeared last year end of Sept just when I left the island. This year I planned better to get the chance of an encounter with these amazing gentle giants. Bingo, it worked as Giorgia our marine biologist and dive guide had promised “these guys are cruising around somewhere”. We looked for seabirds flying around on one spot or floating in a tight circle. Often we saw a feeding frenzy of Bonitos around these places. Gi explained, it´s some kind of food chain, there are small fish close to the surface feeding on algae and plankton floating in a thick layer around. The Bonitos and birds were chasing these. Underneath often cruised a whale shark with open mouth. Already on our first try we encountered one of these awesome creatures swimming in slow motion towards us. It was a huge one at least 11 m. One yellow pilot fish right in front of his mouth, a couple of remora hanging underneath it´s pectoral fins or cruising around on the animal. The Go Pro Heroes clicked away like hell. The results we together looked at later at the beach, each one showing his best shots, some I feel had already edited theirs. We several times met these guys then. Some bigger w sharks stayed around a while even sometimes turned around to meet us head on. The smaller animals often accelerated even though it´s tail moved slowly onwards, soon disappearing in the plankton soup with no chance for us to follow. On our way home from one of these outings with dolphins jumping beside the boat, our captain shouted “balleine” which means whale, pointing to the horizon. Everybody is frozen in motion then wild action starts. With Hero to far away some tried with their cell phones to take pictures. And really in the distance two humpback whales surfaced, blew, and seconds later to flukes lifted out of the water to say bye before their dive down into deep blue. The captain told us it could take 40 min or more before they would come up again and nobody knows where. The M government does not allow you to enter the water with ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide more than 100 destinations, mostly South Pacific and Asia, Africa and Caribbean
Closest Airport Nosy Be Getting There best with Air Ethiopia or Air France

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5-30 M / 16-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions no
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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