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Humpback whale

Swimming, Snorkeling and Diving to See and Observe the Humpback whale

The humpback whale is recognizable by its completely black top and its almost white belly. It has a caudal fin that can reach up to one-third of the body's size, much larger than most cetaceans. Adults can reach a length of 17 m and a weight of 23 tons. Humpback whales can dive to a depth of 200 m. It can remain at this depth for 10 to 40 minutes. It can live for 40 years. It can swim at speeds of 8km/h. Its skin is often infested with seashells. Heavy metals have been found in their tissue. Its predators are the man and killer whales as well as sharks big enough to attack the calves. Migrations do not occur in the same period in both hemispheres, so the whales from the north and from the south never meet, which explains the morphological differences. It only sings during the mating period, it emits low tones that vary in frequency and amplitude, and this for hours or even days! It is a great moment of emotion to have the chance to listen to this song of seduction.


Megaptera novaeangliae
Wide angle
Baleine à bosse, Mégaptère, Jubarte, Rorqual à bosse, Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae


Humpback whales have baleens instead of teeth. Baleens look like giant brushes lodged in their jaw. They drain the water and collect the zooplankton. The humpback whale feeds on herring, capelins, mackerels and planktonic crustaceans called krill. It follows the schools of krill in cold waters. It migrates northward in the summer. In winter, it swims southwards to give birth in warm waters favorable to the growth of the calves. They team up and create a bubble net by blowing through their blowhole on the top of their heads. They open their mouth vertically and swim to the surface to catch their prey.


At the age of four, it reaches a length of twelve meters and sexual maturity. Mating takes place in tropical warm waters of both hemispheres. The males compete to win the favors of the females, which gives way to violent fights, amazing acrobatics, and beautiful songs. Mating and parturition take place between December and April in the northern hemisphere, and between June and September in the southern hemisphere. The gestation period lasts eleven months. The calf is four meters long at birth and weighs a ton and a half. At the end of the lactation period, it reaches a length of 9 m. Females give birth to only one calf every two years.

Dive centers


Top Dive Tahiti
Polynesia  - Tahiti

The TopDive dive center is located in the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, Tahiti, Polynesia, in the middle of a 10 hectare lush tropical garden on the edge of an idyllic lagoon. Tahiti is the ideal island for a dream holiday. Don't forget the Top Dive honeymoon package! The Top Dive Pass also allows you to pay for 10 dives and do 11 in the different islands and atolls of the archipelago. Nitrox is offered if you are already certified. From August 1st to October 31st, go and meet the whales! This TopDive training center also offers SSI PADI and CMAS courses from the first dive to the Divemaster level, including all the most fun diving specialties! A rehabilitation dive allows you to start again gently if you have not dived for 6 months. Let yourself be tempted by a snorkeling and apnea outing in these clear and warm waters, pure happiness! From the Top Dive club, access is easy to the best diving spots on the western and eastern sides of Tahiti with about ten diving sites. Diving allows you to observe the fauna of the Pacific with the presence of magnificent nudibranchs, the passage of lemon sharks, a school of stealthy silver jacks, the flight of leopard rays, the encounter with whales and dolphins. And don't miss the night dives. Small wrecks are full of life. Take the opportunity to visit the peninsula, Papara, and the east coast, to admire the beautiful landscapes and long black sandy beaches suitable for surfing. Tahiti is the economic heart of Po Free transfers are available from hotels ranging from the Meridian to Tahiti Nui Hotel. On-site, at the Intercontinental, you will enjoy refined cuisine in two different restaurants and dinner shows. There are many activities from jet skiing to Deep Nature spa, ideal as a honeymoon destination! It's a very good starting point for a getaway in the South Pacific. [+]

  • Accomodations and diving
  • Whale Watching
  • Comfortable boat
From 88,00 €


Pro Dive Port Elisabeth
South Africa  - Port Elisabeth

Pro dive is located in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They offer PADI training, routing to Sardine Run and its whirlwind of Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and birds in season as well as daily excursions with Seals and Penguins. Dive boats leave from Hobie Beach. On site, equipment rental including 5mm-thick suits, 2 pieces with hood, an Air and Nitrox filling station. Hot showers. Team of English speaking instructors and guides. Easy and quick access to the many dive sites in Algoa Bay. The first dive site is a 5 minutes’ boat ride from Hobie Beach with a maximum depth of 18 m, ideal for beginner divers. Wide variety of dive sites between Nelson Mandela Bay, Algoa Bay and its archipelago of islands. Pinnacles, deep gullies. Possibility to leave from the shore too. Especially from November to April, dives at Raggie Sands, an impressive labyrinth of ravines frequented by Raggie Sharks. Up to 40 specimens seen in a single dive, in their natural habitat, without bait or cages. The Spotted Ragged Tooth Shark is also known as Gray Nurse Shark, or Sand Tiger Shark or Raggie's. Special mention also to the site Shy Shark Reef from 6 to 17 m. On the reefs and wrecks, allow diving between 6 to 40m with a visibility from 1 to 20 m. To see: the Orange Wall, inside Nelson Mandela Bay, with orange wall covered with Spirastella Sponges. Algoa Bay is on the migration route for Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, Dolphins, Seals and Penguins. Nice encounters to look forward to ! Accommodation at the Courtyard on the waterfront, a short walk from the dive Center. 10 mn from the airport. Possible airport transfers on request. [+]

  • Raggies Sharks watching
  • PADI 5 star Career Development Centre
  • Shy Shark Watching
From 9,99 €


Ankermi Happy Dive
Indonesia  - Maumere

Ankermi-Happy Dive Resort has located 29 km from the town center of Maumere, east of the island of Flores, 500 km from Labuan Bajo and the Komodo Islands. Founded by Kermi, of Javanese origin, and Claudia, a Swiss, this dive resort is located on the beachfront, surrounded by a rice field, banana trees, coconut palms, and a bamboo forest. It has 24 hours of electricity, so you have plenty of time to charge your camera batteries. The infrastructure is comfortable with a room to store equipment neatly, a large classroom, a library corner. The dives, suitable for beginner or intermediate divers, are varied with muck dives ideal for discovering rare and strange creatures living in the sand and mud such as frogfish, nudibranchs, Ambon scorpions, and mimic octopus. A Japanese shipwreck dating from the Second World War is nearby. Early in the morning, board the 9m long wooden fishing boats for an hour trip to Pulau Babi, Besar, and Pangabatang to explore drop-offs covered with hard and soft corals and small passes around the islands. The resort's resident captain knows exactly where the dive sites are, where the divers are going to go out at the end of the dive, and how to help them with the equipment. For safety reasons, the current is checked before diving. The dives are no-decompression dives. There is no time limit imposed, only the air consumption of the participant's counts. You have the possibility to dive at the resort even if you don't stay overnight. [+]

  • Distance to House Reef 30 to 50 m
  • Diving around Islands
  • Whale Watching
From 5,76 €


Season Challenge Azores Islands
Azores  - Ponta Delgada

Season Challenge Azores Islands Diving Center is located on the marina Pêro de Teive, in Ponta Delgada. Vans with 6 seats are used to transport equipment and clients to their hotels, free of charge. Open all year round from 8 am to 8 pm, the centre has to change rooms with toilets and hot showers. Free tea, coffee, and water are available. See you at the booking office for land and sea activities. A PureAir certified inflation station by Bauer allows the inflation of nitrox and trimix blocks. The rental equipment is from Cressi. Embark for two dives per day, aboard two RIBs of 6 and 14 divers, each equipped with GPS, sonar, VHF, and radar. The 10-meter Challenge, with a capacity of 14 divers, is well prepared for long trips and offshore dives. The Season, 6.25 meters long, with a capacity of 6 divers, is used for small groups and coastal dives. The equipment is carried by the center. If the number of participants is sufficient, day trips are offered with lunch on board. These offshore dives, far from the coast, allow you to observe manta rays in the open sea. Accompanying persons are welcome on board if there is room. PADI courses are offered from beginner to Divemaster level as well as technical diving courses. Take the opportunity to visit Ponta Delgada and its cultural sites, hikes for all levels of difficulty with a guide, and the tour of the island by van to the village and lake of Furnas with Season Challenge Azores Islands Diving Center. [+]

  • fast boat
  • Free hotels transfer
  • PADI Training
From 45,00 €


Top Dive Rangiroa
Polynesia  - Avatoru

The TopDive dive center is located in Rangiroa, Polynesia, on Reporepo beach next to Tiputa pass. The boat takes less than 10 minutes to get to the most beautiful spots in Polynesia. Because in the largest atoll of French Polynesia and the second-largest lagoon in the world, the dives are ranked in the Top 20 in the world. The Tiputa and Avaturu passes can be explored by drifting in a very strong current. The beautiful encounters of experienced divers with dolphins, grey sharks, hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, blacktip sharks, and manta rays remain the unforgettable moments of Rangiroa. You jump into the water in awe, not really knowing what you will discover. Small, quiet corners inside the lagoon allow you to try diving in the middle of a nursery of reef fish: surgeonfish, jacks, barracudas. The TopDive training center offers PADI, SSI, FFESSM, and CMAS training courses from the first dive to the Advanced Open Water Diver. Here, choose the specializations Drift Diving and Shark Diving, you won't regret it! TopDive offers nitrox diving to divers who are already certified. Stroll from one island to another with the Top Dive Pass to discover the underwater world with advantages: pay for 10 dives and consume 11! Rangiroa is a no man's land, far from the hustle and bustle of tourism, a diving hub for the initiated. There are several fun excursions to take, including glass-bottom boat rides and a trip to the Blue Lagoon on the island of pink reefs and sand. [+]

  • Hammerhead sharks Watching
  • Accomodations and diving
  • fast boat
From 37,00 €


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Where to see, swim, and dive with Humpback whale ?

Azores - Faial IslandAzores - Pico IslandAzores - Santa Maria IslandAzores - Sao Miguel IslandCape Verde - Sal Cape Verde - Sao VicenteComoros - MohéliFiji - Kadavu IslandFiji - Vanua Levu IslandFiji - Viti LevuGuadeloupe - Cetacean watching in GuadeloupeGuadeloupe - Marie-Galante IslandGuadeloupe - the Saintes IslandsIndonesia - Maumere, FlorèsLa Reunion - Whale watching in Reunion IslandMadagascar - Mitsio IslandsMadagascar - Nosy Be IslandMadagascar - Nosy Iranja, the Radames IslandsMadagascar - Sainte-MarieMadagascar - the reserve of Nosy Tanikely, Nosy KombaMayotte - cetacean watching in MayotteMexico - Cabo PulmoMexico - La PazMexico - Puerto EscondidoMexico - Puerto VallartaMexico - Socorro IslandMexico - ZihuatanejoPolynesia - Cetacean Watching inTahitiPolynesia - HuahinePolynesia - MoreaPolynesia - Raiatea and Taha'a IslandsPolynesia - RangiroaPolynesia - TahitiPolynesia - TetiaoraSaint Eustatius - Saint Eustatius, CaribbeanSaint Lucia  - Saint Lucia, in the CaribbeanSouth Africa - Plettenberg BaySouth Africa - Port ElizabethSouth Africa - Shelly Beach and RamsgateSouth Africa - Sodwana BaySouth Africa - UmkomaasUSA - Guadalupe

Best season :

Azores - Ile Faial
Azores - Ile Pico
Fiji - Kadavu
Fiji - Vanua Levu
Fiji - Viti Levu
Guadeloupe - Les Saintes
Polynesia - Tahiti
Polynesia - Huahine
South Africa - Plettenberg Bay
Azores - Ile Santa Maria
Azores - Ile Sao Miguel
Cape Verde - Ile Sal
Saint Eustatius - Oranjestad
Saint Lucia - Gros Islet
Cape Verde - Ile Sao Vicente
Guadeloupe - Marie-Galante
Comoros - île Mohéli
Mayotte - Mayotte
Guadeloupe - Deshaies
Indonesia - Flores.
La Reunion - Saint-Denis
Madagascar - Mitsio
Madagascar - Nosy-Bé
Madagascar - Sainte Marie
Madagascar - Nosy Komba
Madagascar - Iranja
Mexico - Cabo San Lucas
Mexico - La Paz
Mexico - Puerto Escondido
South Africa - Port Elisabeth
Mexico - Puerto Vallarta
Mexico - Cabo San Lucas
Mexico - Zihuatanejo
Polynesia - Moorea
Polynesia - Raiatea
Polynesia - Rangiroa
Polynesia - Tahiti
Polynesia - Tetiaora
South Africa - Shelly Beach
South Africa - Sodwana Bay
South Africa - Umkomaas
Mexico - Californie