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Whale Watching

Tanzania’s Indian Ocean is home to one of the least known populations of Humpback Whales in the world and is a great place to go whale watching. Researchers from Stockholm University and the University of Dar es Salaam are studying the Humpback Whales found near Zanzibar to learn more about their population and conservation status.

The herds of migrating whales arrive in the waters around Zanzibar in late July, and August is now becoming the most popular month for sightings. Whalewatching in Zanzibar.

At close range, humpback whales are easily distinguished from any other large whale by their remarkably long flippers, which are approximately one-third the length of the body.

In recent years, many different humpback whales around Zanzibar have often approached boats for “friendly” encounters. This phenomenon has been increasing over the years, probably related to a new generation of whales curious about boats.

Humpback whales pass by Mafia Island on their migration route between August and the end of October each year. During the season it may be possible to see them during organized whale watching trips or during other boat-based activities in Chole Bay and around the coast of Mafia.

How You Will Be Guided This Trip

Ethical and responsible humpback whale watching and tours are available at the most southerly point of Zanzibar. In association with knowledgeable local fishermen and the scenic local villages of the Kizimkazi area, regular tours are conducted between the months of July and August, when whales are most typically found in the coastal or shelf waters.

In a traditional Zanzibari dhow, you will be shown these majestic and graceful mammals in their natural habitat by an experienced fisherman and professional guide, while at the same time receiving an in-depth education on their conservation and behaviour. This exciting tour will undoubtedly make for an extremely memorable experience.

Whales & Dolphin Watching Codes

Whales and Dolphin are wild and their whereabouts cannot be predicted, it is they who choose to interact with people, not the other way around.

Shouting and waving your arms around will not encourage Whales and Dolphin to approach your boat.

Be satisfied with simply seeing the Whales and or Dolphin; don't force the boat operator to chase the dolphins, cross their path or get too close, especially when they are resting.

If you decide to get in the water with the Whales and or Dolphin, do so quietly and calmly and avoid splashing.

No one can guarantee that you will see Whales and Dolphins; swimming with them is a rare and precious occurrence.

Ethical and responsible humpback whale watching and tours are available at the most southerly point of Zanzibar. In association with knowledgeable local fishermen and the scenic local villages of the Kizimkazi area, regular tours are conducted between the months of July and August, when whales are most typically found in the coastal or shelf waters.

In a traditional Zanzibari dhow, you will be shown these majestic and graceful mammals in their natural habitat by an experienced fisherman and professional guide, while at the same time receiving an in-depth education on their conservation and behavior. This exciting tour will undoubtedly make for an extremely memorable experience.

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