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Humpback Whale watching tour Mafia

Watch these magnificent giants breach the water with a slap of the tail!

Important details

  • Duration: Half day
  • Price: on request
  • Best time: late August till early October
  • No guarantee for sighting
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Additional information

Humpback whales are one of the largest rorqual species and adults can grow up to 16 m in length and weigh up to 36,000 kg. They are found all over the world and can migrate up to 25,000 km each year.

Watch the seasonal migration of Humpback Whales as they move between the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the cooler feeding grounds of the Southern Ocean. In late August to early October they can be seen off Chole Bay and Ras Mkumbi returning southwards . The waters to the South of Mafia Island are an excellent area to watch the humpbacks as they make their way up and down the coast as part of their annual migration. The most breath-taking moments are watching them breach, throwing themselves out of the water to land with a tremendous splash. Humpback whales are magnificent creatures with surprising acrobatic moves!

This trip is combined with a BBQ lunch and island getaway on the magnificent Mange sandbank and a dive or snorkel on the surrounding tropical reefs. Departure time is normally around 8am to ensure you arrive on the migration route before the sun gets too hot and the whales take refuge under the rippling sea. The journey, winding through Mafia’s surrounding islands and coral reefs on a traditional Swahili dhow, rennovated to add a touch of barefoot luxury and maximum comfort for a day at sea. Once the whales are in sight the boat is  strategically placed, the engine shut off and you will hold our breaths as the whales slip on beside you.

Not to be missed!


Whale watching

Mafia Island