Tamarin Bay
Tamarin Bay
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Andrea M
Salisbury, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The bay is beautiful & the area around it is stunning. Well worth exploring. But we wouldn’t recommend the dolphin excursions. Few dolphins, to tons of boats trying to track them. On reflection we were unfair & a nuisance to the mammals.
Written April 1, 2023
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navina
Mauritius1,397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Sometimes what we see says more than what we actually tell.its such a wonderful place to see the sunset as the sky turn from pale blue to a red sky.still wondering what if we'd miss that.it would ve been a splendide act of nature without any spectators.
Written April 15, 2019
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Barbados
UK48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
We have just returned from a weeks holiday in Mauritius. I wouldnt say "dont swim with the dolphins" but I would say be very, very, very cautious!! We took a motor boat day trip to swim with the dolphins in Tamarin Bay and then lunch on an "island". I was very excited as I adore dolphins. The two guys who drove the motor boat were very good and gave us good instructions, and have boating certifcates. We motored to where the wild dolphins swim and play almost every day near Tamarin Bay. I did not feel at all confident in going into the water. It was extremley deep, a huge swell that day too. And at least 20 boats all trying to get close to the dolphins so their clients could get into the water and swim with them. It was mayhem. Boats and people were all over the place trying to get as close as they could to the dolphins. It is a tourist money trap as far as I am concerned and quite dangerous. Also, I woluld say not very eco friendly for the dolphins. If you do some research you will find out that about two weeks before we took this trip (end of August) a 17 year old boy died whilst swimming trying to to see the dolphins. After this I would have thought the trips would have stopped but they havent. I really felt it was a dangerous thing to do and this was before I had heard about the fatality. The rest of the day was good, we moored up to the island "Ile aux Benitiers", which isnt actually an island more of a spit. It was a lovely afternoon and the water was amazing to swim in. We did stop a couple of times for snorkelling, however, I was disappointed as I didnt see much in the way of tropical fish, I thought I was going to see far more fish in Mauritius than I did. The lunch was very enjoyable, and the boat staff played some local music and sang. Its very touristy though, with several people selling sarongs, jewellery etc. I wouldnt do it again. If you do go be cautious in the sea!!!!
Written September 26, 2014
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Libby
Ljubljana, Slovenia166 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
Through internet we booked a - swimming with dolphins & whale watching excursion with Mauritius Attractions. Don't book through the internet as it is more expensive (although they make you think you're getting it cheaper this way) 150€ for us two + 50€ for transport that they organised for us to pick us up and drop us off at our hotel. But really when you come to mauritius you get offers way cheaper every day just as you walk onto the beach.

Before we head out they gave us a speach about dolphins. They told us that dolphins come to the shore to REST after feeding at night. This is why we were so angry with the outcome:

We head out to see the dolphins on a realy small boat ( 8 turists + 2 guides ) and as we got there there were at least 7 other turist boats all crowding the dolphins. When we got into the water ( there were two persons allowed at a time and one of the guides always gets into water also) When we got into the water it reeked of gass from boats, I can't imagine how uncomfortable this is for dolphins. It was clear that they wanted to rest they were always moving away from boats but the boats were always behind them.

After this we went whale watching and sure enough we didn't see any whales. I hear this is very unlikely that u will see whales in mauritius. Only for a small period of time and only on a few locations if you're lucky enough you will see a whale.

To recap: tourists we saw were just plane annoying to the dolphins, the boats are loud and pollute their enviornment, destroy their habitat.

ADVICE: If you want to see and swim with the dolphins without doing them harm, just go by yourself. There was a couple that i saw and wished it was us that had come like that ( look at our pictures). No damage to enviornment, no boat noise and no pollution+ your money saved.

The dolphins are found in the early mornings 7am-9am at tamarin area.
Written June 26, 2013
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PHILIP C
Oxford, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
What a waste of money. Weather was awful but we still travelled to the venue. The sea was very rough and the current strong. The speed boat was rubbish. One of our party nearly drowned, not enough life jackets on board the boat, only 2 for 11 people. Boat ran out of fuel. Absolute joke.......utter rubbish, waste of money....!
Written June 24, 2014
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Ricky D
Margate, South Africa3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Me and 4 of my friends came over for a surfing holiday and were treated like crap by the locals. We were not allowed to surf at the main break, localism is very bad, they call themselves the White shorts. We couldnt even rent longboards, there was always an excuse. One of the Whiteshorts gang members is called Kenny and he works for a dive school. I wouldnt even trust that guy.

If you are thinking of going for a surf holiday give Mauritius a skip
Written May 30, 2017
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2_TULACI
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
such things like HUNTING DOLPHINS should be forbidden !!!!!!
everybody who has only a little bit of feeling for animals would not go for this trip. only every single tourist are able to stop this !!!!!!!
Written November 27, 2014
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KevL69
Savelletri, Italy203 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
One of the great attractions when staying in this part of Mauritius is the option to swim with wild spinner dolphins early in the morning as they come looking for fish to eat in the bay.

Sounds good and when we got picked up on our boat (we were the only guests on it) and got to the bay all looked good with only half a dozen boats there.

You see the dolphins, get near to them then jump in the water with your flippers and snorkel gear on and try and swim with them. All rather incredible although you’re on and off the boat quickly given how rapid the dolphins are moving around.

Then everything deteriorates. Before too long it becomes the Wacky Races. There are now about 30+ boats with between 6 to 20 people on each boat all jumping on and off in pursuit of the dolphins. Worse than this boats constantly cut across the routes the dolphins take and people in the water really need their wits about them to ensure they’re not chopped up by boat engines.

It is absolute chaos and suddenly becomes cruel for the dolphins. Thankfully they are smart enough to outthink the humans and constantly give them the run around but honestly this is not fun.

The authorities need to control the amount of people who can access such a wonderful experience because quite frankly it is not enjoyable.

Please take a stance. Don’t do this activity until it is better regulated. Send a message to the need to take such action.
Written November 4, 2018
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PoobenShailou01
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
This is an awesome little bay and doesn't really seem to feature as a tourist spot, which is really good news as it was nice and quiet when we were there.

We went mainly there to get to see the dolphins. We managed to get onto a boat for Rs1000 each, our little boy being free. The 2 guys gave us the safety drill and the plan for the next 2 hours which was to basically search for dolphins and then some snorkelling (which we did not do). The dolphins played hide and seek but eventually after much searching we spotted both spinners and 2 bottlenose dolphins. They were on the move so no chance of swimming with them.

Everyone seemed go have enjoyed the snorkelling and we could even see the fish while sitting in the boat!

Back on the beach, we had some fresh noodles from a very clean stall near the surf school. Thats the other thing that you can do in Tamarin, surf or learn to surf. When we were there, some kids were being taught!

On the main road is the Tamarin salt fields where you can see the local salt production. Further along the main road, north towards Flic en Flac, is the very pleasant Barachois Shopping Centre. Nice restaurants and some boutique shops and a Shoprite supermarket. There were also some fresh produce being sold on the Saturday that we were there. The is a shaded little playground for the kids. But most importanly is the little hut were 3 ladies turn out the most delicious rotis with veg and chilli fillings! Awesome but be wary of those chillies - they are hot!
Written April 13, 2014
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Liway J
26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
If you love dolphins as i do please think twice about doing a dolphin tour in Tamarin.
There were about 20 speed boats surrounding the dolphins. I saw two speed boats go over the dolphins! Whenever the dolphins come up for air they were surrounded. The boats are supposed to stay 50m away but this is ignored! Im sure that the speed boat engines stressed the dolphins out, especially if there were young ones among them. They tried to dive deep to avoid the boats but had to come up for air. As tourists we have to respect animals in their natural environment. If you really care about dolphins then don't get in a speed boat to see them. Please, please THINK about the impact on the dolphin of so many boats surrounding them!!
Written June 4, 2016
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