Nuarro is a fantastic place for whale watching. The calm blue water and close droop off allow us spectacular sights of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) during our winter. Humpbacks can be seen from the comfort of your chalet, or you can venture out with us on the boat for a close encounter. During whale watching with the Nuarro team you will receive in-depth information about them, assist in research and even have a chance to listen to the magical song of the whales with the assistance of a hydrophone. Of course, the quality of the encounter does not depend only on us as whales are a wild animal, however we will do our best to offer you the best whale experience in Mozambique.
The whale season starts in July and ends in November, with the peak season in August and September. Each year the pregnant humpback whales move from the cooler Antarctic waters to the east coast of Southern African to give birth and nurture their calves, before making the voyage back down to their summer feeding grounds. Sometimes you can also hear the whales singing underwater when snorkelling or diving!
Did you know…
- Humpback’s can grow to around 16m long, weighing between 30-50 tons.
- Females are larger than males
- Distinctive white patches on the underside of the fluke (tail) are like fingerprints.
- Baleen whales are seasonal feeders and carnivores that filter tiny crustaceans , plankton and small fish.
- Eat around 2 tons of food, normally in two feedings, per day.
- Can dive for up to 30 minutes and to a depth of 150-200m)
Can often be seen:
- Spyhopping (bobbing with their head out the water to look around)
- Lobtailing (sticking their tails out the water, swinging it around and then slapping the waters surface)
- Breaching (launching their bodies high out the water and splashing down again)