Freediving in Madagascar

Highlights

More and more people are asking about beach extensions in Madagascar. This year, we are thrilled to announce a unique, private guided experience hosted by expert freediver and yogi Hanli Prinsloo. For one week in September and October, wildlife and ocean enthusiasts can experience the first-ever marine safari on one of the most diverse countries full of unimaginable biodiversity, fascinating history and breathtaking landscapes.

Nosy Be is located on the northwestern side of Madagascar. The island itself is a beautiful mix of seven volcanic lakes, fragrant ylang ylang groves and gentle hillsides covered in vanilla and frangipani. Even though Nosy Be is Madagascar's main beach destination, the island is still quiet and, in many parts, very rustic. Several nature reserves on Nosy Be and the surrounding islands offer you the opportunity to see lemurs, chameleons and other key Madagascar fauna and flora, not to mention the incredible life below the surface.

In the quiet waters between Nosy Be and Madagascar main land (called Grand Terre by the locals) whale sharks come to feed during the months of September to November. These gentle giants have been observed by local dive operators and fishermen for several years, but it is only recently that a research project has been initiated to understand the behavior of the Madagascar whale sharks. It is with this team that you will explore the blue water and its inhabitants.

No previous freediving experience is required. Hanli will lead you through the basics of freediving, as well as breathing exercises and morning and evening yoga to bookend your days. Fresh, local food and clean, comfortable accommodation are included, but the real hallmarks of the trip are the indescribable close-up encounters with Africa’s ocean giants.

You will also have the opportunity to work with the Madagascar Whale Shark Project and support their invaluable research into the behavior of these mysterious sharks. Working with a well-established local operator who has the highest standards of responsible marine encounters we are secure in the knowledge that we will be offering truly sustainable animal interactions.

Summary

  • September 23-30, 2018

  • October 1-7, 2018 (Fully booked)

Cost

Cost starts at $4,700 per person.

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