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Dolphins Encounter and Whale Watching provided by Dolswim

Dolphins Encounter and Whale Watching

Dolphins Encounter and Whale Watching
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Tour snapshot
Look for dolphins, sperm whales, and (between June and November) humpbacks
Duration:
5h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
A remote Indian Ocean island, Mauritius draws a wealth of marine mammals. Join experienced spotters on this small-group adventure, which includes a simple breakfast and lunch. Cruise to Tamarin Bay, where you can expect to see dolphins—and enter the water (conditions depending). After a snorkel, your crew will use a hydrophone to listen for humpback and sperm whales: There’s around a 60% chance of seeing one.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French
Highlights
  • Snorkel coral reef and join dolphins in the ocean when conditions permit
  • Listen for whale song through a hydrophone, with a 60% chance of sightings
  • No need to order boxed meals: Tour includes pastry breakfast and a sandwich
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Snorkel coral reef and join dolphins in the ocean when conditions permit
  • Listen for whale song through a hydrophone, with a 60% chance of sightings
  • No need to order boxed meals: Tour includes pastry breakfast and a sandwich
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 54582P8
Important information
Inclusions
  • Soft drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Entry/Admission - Dolswim
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Duration
5h 30m
Departure details
  • La Jetée Road, La Jetée Rd, Grande Riviere Noire, Mauritius Departure Point: La Jetée Road, Grande Rivière Noire, Black River, Mauritius GPS Point: S(y) 20.36432 E(x) 57.37234 Directions: GPS Point: S(y) 20.36432 E(x) 57.37234 Dates: See Availability
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair: the wheelchair cannot be taken on board, but we can carry the guest onto the boat. Please advise weight. Wheelchair guests will not be taken into the water. Exclusive excursion recommended for these guests
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • Soft drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Entry/Admission - Dolswim
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • La Jetée Road, La Jetée Rd, Grande Riviere Noire, Mauritius Departure Point: La Jetée Road, Grande Rivière Noire, Black River, Mauritius GPS Point: S(y) 20.36432 E(x) 57.37234 Directions: GPS Point: S(y) 20.36432 E(x) 57.37234 Dates: See Availability
Duration
5h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair: the wheelchair cannot be taken on board, but we can carry the guest onto the boat. Please advise weight. Wheelchair guests will not be taken into the water. Exclusive excursion recommended for these guests
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    La Jetée Road
    La Jetée Rd, Grande Riviere Noire, Mauritius
    Departure Point: La Jetée Road, Grande Rivière Noire, Black River, Mauritius GPS Point: S(y) 20.36432 E(x) 57.37234 Directions: GPS Point: S(y) 20.36432 E(x) 57.37234 Dates: See Availability
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    Dolswim
    Stop: 5 hours - Admission included
    Meeting time at 6:45 a.m. in Black River. At 7 a.m. you will leave on one of our speed boats for an unforgettable encounter. You will observe wild dolphins in their natural environment. If the conditions are right, you can also swim with them, accompanied by a skipper (max 2 persons at a time). We will first explain you the rules for a respectful encounter with the dolphins. The first part of this excursion ends with a snorkeling on the coral reef. Then it is time to go observe the whales. With the help of a hydrophone, our crew will try to localize them. Sperm whales can be observed all year round while humpback whales can be observed between June and October. Water and soft drinks will be served during the trip. Return around 12:30 p.m. We guarantee a 60% chance to see the whales.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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katie D
Kimpton, UK64 contributions
Friends
It was an early start, but the tour was very well organised.
Our guides were Sidney and Pascal and they were very good about keeping us informed.
Initially we were supposed to try and see dolphins, but there was a mother and baby, so rather than distress them, they were proactive and we went off to try and spot whales instead.
This was my favourite part, as we were lucky to see about 7 in total.
Was an amazing experience, seeing these massive mammals up close.
The guides were excellent in spotting the whales and we were first to see them on many occasions.

Afterwards we went back to find dolphins and we did see some.
Unfortunately it was busy with other boats and I don’t think people should be allowed to get in the water with the dolphins.
Our guides were respectful to the dolphins, but It can still be a fabulous experience just to observe.
Written June 26, 2022
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Rob
8 contributions
Couples
Really professional experience and felt both very secure and also in the hands of experts who cared about the marine and the wildlife. We got to see dolphins and whales and frankly it was incredible. Make sure you have an underwater camera with you to take full advantage of the experience. A great experience and a must do activity; thank you Dolswim for the day! You won't find others which cover both whales and dolphins with a much care as this team. Don't listen to the negative reviews about life jackets and dolphin care - I left feeling that the team had absolute capability and desire around customer safety as well as genuine love for the wildlife.
Written March 23, 2022
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Arne Aanesland
1 contribution
I can highly recomand this trip with Dolphins and Whales.
The dolphins were only 50 cm from you, and they were "laughting" at you when swimming near to you.

Out on the deep water we had big luck, and found several whales in rough see.
It was about 8-10 whales, and the boat was only 6-7 m away from them.

Very exiting to see such big animals so close.
Written April 5, 2022
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Arjan
Hoorn, The Netherlands4 contributions
Great tour and experience! After less than an hour we already spotted the first whale. In total we have seen three sperm whales. After that we went to the dolphins. Dolswim is really taking care of the dolphins and the people (not all the boats over there are doing that). We swam with groups of dolphins. It was amazing! Also the snorkeling later on was really nice. Dolswim is having an excellent crew that really knows what they are doing. Very well organized tour!
Written July 23, 2022
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Sam H
Horsham, UK7 contributions
Couples
As amazing as this experience and company was It became very crowded when ever we found dolphins as boats would pop out from everywhere and people would be jumping in all over the place. All the guides were very friendly and knowledgable. And we were lucky enough to see a few sperm whales. Even got to do some snorkelling when we stopped for lunch on a reef.
Written January 7, 2020
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JabbaJake
Monmouthshire, UK72 contributions
We were two families with three young kids.

Booked the swimming with dolphins early morning tour.

It was great.

Well organised, professional and respectful of the dolphins. And they really knew what they were doing.

Big thanks to Jason and Didier!!

Certainly recommend.
Written October 30, 2021
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Alastair O
Brough, UK26 contributions
Early start saw us setting off on a high powered speed boat about 07.30, only 7 guests with 2 staff, really cosy environment with the ocean beckoning & the hunt for whales & dolphins before us.
After 15 minutes a whole blowing was sighted some way off - the driver sped to a safe distance & watched a pair of female humpbacks for about 30 mins. They were so graceful as they arched & slid beneath the waves with the tail mockingly waving bye !! Generally they surfaced every 5 minutes or so & stayed visible for about a minute but the captain of the ship has to make ground to facilitate reasonably close viewing without concerning the whales - which he did very well.
We then headed off to the spinner dolphins & took it in turns to swim with them, this was a short experience as these are wild dolphins, not a Disney experience ! Regardless watching 30 - 40 dolphins swim underneath you is very special !! Sadly other boats encroached so they disappeared sooner than I would have liked.
We then headed towards the coral but got a further sighting of whales so the pilot spun the boat around & sped towards them. We were then treated to an amazing experience with the whales breaching repeatedly & turning on their side slapping the water with their very large fins - they really move some water !! Captain again respectful of the whales, allowed us all optimum photo opportunities - just amazing !! All in the crystal clear Indian Ocean with clear skies most of the morning & the amazing backdrop of the coastline of Le Morne.

Finished with leisurely snorkelling on the coral reef, pleasant enough but frankly doesn't hold a candle to the Whales. Whales NOT guaranteed, they claim 50% success rate which was confirmed by taxi drivers & hotel staff - maybe we were lucky but that is an experience I would LOVE to repeat.
Written September 16, 2018
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Dear Madam Dear Sir Thank you for your visit and thank you for your comment. We're pleased to read you appreciate the professionalism of our crew. As you could read from previous reviews our main goal is to show our clients the beautiful marine fauna of Mauritius but respecting the dolphins and whales in their natural environment. That's the reason why we train our skippers concerning approach rules. A short briefing is also done before departure to explain our guests some swimming rules. We really hope to may welcome you again in future Kind regards Dolswim team
Written October 28, 2018
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Kamamerhs
Leicestershire99 contributions
Family
We booked this from the UK prior to our holiday. I had reservations after reading the comments but thought that Dolswim acted very professionally and considerately throughout the trip. With the statistics for viewing Whales and Dolphins around 50/50 I was not optimistic but we ended up having a fantastic time. We travelled up the North Coast and we were lucky to see several young hump back whales and followed them at a respectful distance. You had to be lucky to catch them on camera or video but the crew were patient and enabled us to have several sitings with some closer to the boat which gave you a good idea of the size.
We motored back down the coast to see/swim with dolphins. Again, the crew were respectful and there was no mad dash to compete with other boats and swimmers. Julien took swimmers into the water only 2 at a time rather than the crowds from other boats.My wife and daughter were amazed that he towed them both through the water to get views of the dolphins. I was not going to go in but as each person came out and said how fantastic it was I did. I was so pleased and Julien took my camera from me and took some great video footage. You don't actually swim with them, they were in a pod of 30+ way below you and then swim up to the surface before you get a closer view, it was very rhythmic and beautiful and goes down as one of my great holiday memories. The crew Fabien and Julien were very friendly but also very professional throughout. Drinks were available and snorkelling equipment but in hindsight wish we had brought our own full face masks.
Written August 30, 2018
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Dear Madam Dear Sir Thank you very much for your visit and comment. As you could read from other reviews our main goal is showing our clients the beautiful marine fauna of Mauritius but respecting at the same time the dolphins and whales That's the reason why you swim two by two with the dolphins and not the whole group at the same time. Our skippers are trained and follow the approach rules. A short briefing is also done before we allow guests to swim with the dolphins Hope to see you again in future. Greetings from Fabien and Julien Kind regards Dolswim team
Written October 28, 2018
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Sophie Michel
Mauritius39 contributions
Amazing encounter with the dolphins and whales, the staff was very friendly and very precautious with the security on the boat. Would definitely do it again!
Written October 12, 2018
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Dear Madam Thank you for your nice comment It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again in future Kind regards Dolswim team
Written October 28, 2018
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Maggie456
Manchester, UK41 contributions
Booked and pre paid for dolphin encounter and whale watching. Upon getting to the bay where the dolphins were, there was a large number of other tour boats there all doing the same thing and a number of swimmers in the water. We were told that only 2 of us could go in the water at a time. The first pair from our group got in for about five minutes, then a second pair of swimmers. When it got to our turn we were told that there was no point us going in the water as we were unlikely to see any dolphins. Very disappointing that we could not at least try this experience like the rest of our group. We got back to the shore after around 2 hours where we were told to wait and we would board another boat to go whale watching. There was just us 2 and one other couple. We were then informed that the whale watching would not go ahead due to weather (I'm no expert but the sea looked pretty flat to me so I can only assume it was cancelled due to lack of interest). We were advised that we would get a refund for that part of the trip. It took us 4 days to get the amount we were owed as they originally tried to only pay back half the amount, and this payment did not go through. We were very disappointed in this company and would not recommend. Wish we had gone with someone else.
Written December 6, 2019
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Good morning out
Ok. No facilities on land. Toilet on board which helped. Only company with life jackets. Too many other companies l
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Dolphin Chase
Just returned from the 7am dolphin chase with 10 other boats. One other couple on our boat who for some reason got
Claire W
Claire W
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Amazing humpback whales
Super trip, with two lovely crew members (25th July - sorry can’t remember names) We saw two female humpbacks and t
730beckyf
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Amazing! Did not harass animals!
Very professional company that we picked because it said that they would be mindful of animal welfare, which they w
abrahamjose005
abrahamjose005
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Amazing Sperm Whale experience in June 2022
We waiting for a few days for this trip and fortunately the weather cleared by the last day of our short 4 days tri
jacobs734
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Amazing experience, would recommend highly!
An amazing trip! Well looked after throughout even though there had to be some changes made due to water conditions
SirRobinSolidarity
SirRobinSolidarity
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A fascinating trip
We were so lucky. Big game fisher spotted whales and waited til we arrived - after a short way (5km) we’ve been the
Zarina_Zarina
Zarina_Zarina
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Great!
I saw a sperm whale twice and it was great! Although we were considered lucky, the team went out of their way to fi
franhunt86
franhunt86
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Amazing
Excellent trip, truly magnificent. We saw 5 whales in total and at multiple times during the trip. The crew were lo
jmH9946VC
jmH9946VC
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Lucky sighting of many sperm whales
I had never seen whales before so this was a big deal for me, when we got on the boat they told us it was a 65% cha
Charlotte F
Charlotte F
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Fantastic Visit
We had the best morning Whale watching today. The team were really friendly and made sure we were all safe on the b
sandbanksboy
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not nature friendly
I chose Dolswim as Lonely Planet said they were unlike other operators and they were dolphin encounter sensitive an
544janee
544janee
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Fabulous trip with brilliant guide
We had a brilliant experience with Dolswim - incredibly efficient (booking on WhatsApp was so easy) and despite the
bbtears
bbtears
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Swimming with dolphins
Don’t let the early morning start put you off. This was an absolutely amazing experience to be with the wild dolph
Zarina_Zarina
Zarina_Zarina
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Great experience!
Everyone kept telling us there are no whales and we won’t see any, but we still went for the trip and the crew went
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