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Living Irrawaddy Dolphin Project

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The Ayeyawaddy Dolphin Protected Area is home to one of the last river populations of endangered Irrawaddy dolphins and is located just north of Mandalay. Local fishermen communicate and fish with dolphins--a phenomenon found in only 3 places in the...more
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34th Street Between 78th & 79th, Mandalay 05041, Myanmar
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a top notch experience from any angle. As a tour it's excellent, with temples, traditional farming and fishing, and rural landscapes. As a cultural experience, it's superb. You interact with a family living on the boat as well as a tour guide with...More

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank Barflyer
Reviewed March 13, 2019 via mobile

So I'll admit to being slightly skeptical when I booked this. Given the tiny dolphin population left in the Irrawaddy River, I figured I'd be happy to see even one during the 2-day trip, nevermind any supposed cooperative fishing. That feels pretty silly in hindsight....More

1  Thank davidkG5722UG
Reviewed March 9, 2019

As someone who does not typically like guided tours, I highly recommend this tour! It was a great way to explore Myanmar village life and the tour guide Chit was very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw dolphins both days, although they caution that the dolphins...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jeni P
Reviewed March 5, 2019

My husband and I booked the 1 day dolphin tour. We were picked up on time by our Guide Chid and taken to the jetty where we boarded a slow boat owned by a Myanmar family. We were the only ones on todays tour and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank novakarla
Reviewed March 1, 2019

My husband and I did the 3-day Explorer. I don't even know where to begin. This trip was so amazing on so many levels. First of, I have to talk about the cooperative fishing. Do you know that there are only THREE place in the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jmoksim
Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

Thank you so much to Chit and the crew. It was an amazing trip, I saw heaps of beautiful dolphins including a new born, I was able to come to know local cuisine and ways of life by meeting villagers and collaborative fishermen, asking any...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank NaomiN39
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

We saw the dolphins but were a bit disappointed not to see the cooperative fishing as it was our main purpose to the trip (as we are living in Mandalay). I would enjoy to go again but only for this. Nevertheless, even if we did...More

Thank Camille-stras
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

Excellent way to see how rural communities live on the banks of the river and of course the river dolphins! Chit is a great guide, full of knowledge and always up for a joke. We were very impressed with the way that the project is...More

Thank JeremyK1838
Reviewed January 22, 2019

I just came back home and I can definitely say that my 2-day experience with the Dolphin Project was a highlight of my travel in Myanmar. This lets you see a totally different aspect of the country that you would not even think of. Getting...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kry_jvt
Reviewed January 15, 2019

This was a wonderful trip, it’s a small organisation and we were able to be quite flexible as all on our trip wanted to see as much dolphin related activity as possible, and didn’t worry too much about other village and craft related activities. They...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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