A magnificent marine experience not to be missed! From the 15th to the 18th of July 2021, Sainte-Marie will once again have the privilege of hosting the famous Whale Festival. A myriad of activities will be organised around this event, celebrating the impressive marine mammal. Discover…
Every year, whales find sanctuary in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to give birth. For four days, the private artificial peninsula Nosy Boraha will be organising various activities in the vicinity, allowing visitors to make the most of this breathtaking scene. While diving and food stalls will be set up, the organisers are planning an extended area to host concerts and entertainment this year. Another concert area will also be set up in the village centre where local and international artists will perform continuously.
And why not a bit of a challenge!
This festival will also be an opportunity to indulge in some sporting activities. Women’s and men’s whale trails, mountain bike races, football, pirogue regattas, hiking, craft and cooking competitions are just some of the activities on the agenda.
The main goal of this event is to raise awareness among the population about the protection of marine mammals. Moreover, films and documentaries on whales will be screened daily. These film sessions will be interspersed with games and quizzes for children in the morning, while adults will be able to watch and debate them in the afternoon.
Coordinated by the Tourist Office of Sainte Marie, with the support of local associations such as Cetamada, the Whale Festival is particularly aimed at a young audience. Awareness campaigns are held with the help of professionals to show this new generation the importance of preserving the environment. An environmental class, for example, allows some fifty pupils from local schools to benefit from an educational programme set up for the duration of the festival.