Karlos Excursions
Karlos Excursions
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Swim with DolphinsBoat ToursFishing Charters & ToursSightseeing ToursDolphin & Whale Watching
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Since more than 30 years, Karlos Excursions proposes boat trips in the southwest of Mauritius. Excursions are customisable - with dolphins observation, snorkeling, Coral Rock visit, Benitiers island with BBQ (lobsters incl.) as well as live Music and Sega dance. Check our website for more details. Feel free to contact us via email or WhatsApp if you have any questions. Our team looks forward to host you!
Le Morne, Mauritius
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Travelers' Choice
2024

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karenh83
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Incredible experience. We did the dolphin swimming excursion and although it was only a couple of hours, it was worth every penny. We had spectacular conditions, and got to swim with dolphins 3 times in our trip. They were only 15 mins from the beach! The boat was clean and larger than I’d anticipated. Swimming with the dolphins was actually quite hard work (lagoon current + swimming fast to keep up with them!) so I’d recommend this only for strong swimmers, although weaker or non-swimmers will still enjoy watching them from the boat, as they get so close. We also went further up the coast to a more secluded & sedate snorkelling spot, also incredible to see literally hundreds of fish surrounding you.

Karlos Excursions were responsive on WhatsApp, and the boat crew were friendly and courteous.
Written June 14, 2022
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Hello Karen, Thanks so much for sharing your experience here ! We really appreciate it. We are delighted that you enjoyed the trip with our team. Maybe see you next time :) Warm regards, Virginia
Written June 14, 2022
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JennieC415
London, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
What can I say - Simply brilliant from start to finish!

I've booked many boat trips whilst away on family holidays, but all have paled into insignificance when compared to Karlos Excursions
They replied to my email enquiry and explained their services and prices within a few hours. They weren't pushy, very polite and professional and were so accomodationg to my requests.
Virginia was just great and clearly a fabulous asset to this family run business. You can feel a genuine love for what she does and went over and beyond to make sure we had the best experience we could've had. Her level of professionalism was impeccable.
She made sure everything went smoothly for us and suggested a taxi firm, who we used to take us to and from our hotel to the beach to meet the boat.

Once on board, our skipper Axel offered a wealth of knowledge for our dolphn trip ahead. He was so polite and friendly and knew exactly when to jump into the water to swim with the dolphins passing by. The boat itself was modern and spacious and had a lovely padded front deck for sunbathing and spotting dolphins on the ride there.
The 6 of us on board including my 77 year old mother, felt completely safe and in good hands with him and his assistant.

Our boat left at 8.30am, which ws a great time to see the dolphins. There were probably aorund 50-60 of them in a pod and snorkelling along side them looking down at the layers beneath the surface is a memory I'll have forever.
We had a good 2.5 hours, which was plenty. We decided not to see the rock and spend the time spotting and swimming with dolphins.

Can't recommend Karlos Excursions enough. Absolutely fabulous! Thank you Virginia!
Written November 26, 2022
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Dear Jennie, Many thanks for sharing your views here and recommending our trips! It was a pleasure for our team to host you! We are delighted to read that you had a fabulous time. We seize this opportunity to send our best wishes to you and your family for a joyful season! Warm regards, Karlos Excursions team
Written November 28, 2022
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Uroš G
Murska Sobota, Slovenia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Perfect from the start till the end! Everything from the booking process (communication with Virginia; fast and really nice) to the boat and skippers, was just perfect. And the price is totally worth the experience! Skippers really made sure we always had the best position for swimming with the dolphins,trying to do as many jumps as possible. After that we went snorkeling in the lagoon, where they explained everything about the sea life and fishes around the lagoon. Highly recommended!
Written January 7, 2020
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Hello, Many thanks for sharing your views here. It was a pleasure for me to help organise and for our team to host you! We are delighted to read that you had an amazing time. I seize this opportunity to wish you a wonderful New year 2020! Warm regards, Virginia & Karlos Excursions team
Written January 14, 2020
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Bárbara B
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We did the dolphing swimming excursion with Karlos excursion and we were a bit disapointted. The boat was nice and the guide was friendly. However it is very expensive fot what they offer. When we arrived at the place there were 4 dolphins and dezens of boats near then. As it was a private excursion and it is expensive, I imagined they had any diffference of the others groups (for example the possibility to try to see the dolphins in another place). But it didn't. The tour is only in one place, along with hundreds of people swimming after the dolphins. Also, we had our equipment, but for those who don't have, the boat doesn't offer anything and doesn't warn you about the need to bring snorkel and fins.
Written July 25, 2022
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Hello Barbara, Sorry to hear that the boat trip was not up to your expectations. I am very surprised about the snorkeling equipment - these are always included in our trips & available on all our boats for guests who don't have to borrow. They are in the cupboards under the seats or under the floor. Since you had brought your own equipment, the Skippers didn't need to take them out - I guess that's why you had the impression that there was none, when in fact, the equipment are "hidden" and out of sight on board, unless the skippers take them out. Regarding the rate, in fact, private trips are more expensive that rates you would find for a group trip. For the private morning trip, our rate is actually among the best. If you look at private trips online, prices are nearly twice our rate for this excursion. As regards the dolphins experience itself, our team strives to do the dolphins observation in the Southern part, off Le Morne, where it is often more quiet, though since it is a free and opened environment, there are factors beyond our control, which are unpredictable. We share an information sheet with all our guests, which explains the situation and factors which cannot be predicted. If there were many boats around the 4 dolphins, it means that on that day, there were no other dolphins pods along the coast to be observed in secure conditions. If another option was possible, our skippers wouldn't have brought you there, as their priority is your satisfaction. Before and during a trip, our skippers are in communication with fishermen and skippers along the coast, from other areas, to find out about presence of pods, so if you may have had the impression that no search was done, but in fact the skippers had already found out that these were the only pods along the coast. Rather than searching in vain and not finding any, they opted to bring you where they were, even if conditions were not ideal with the number of boats. Unfortunately, the popularity of this trip means that on some days, when there are only only one dolphins pod, there will inevitably be more boats around. We are always clear about the possibilities and encourage our guests to read the practical information sheet we share before the trip, which includes information about what can be expected, especially if conditions are not ideal. If there had been a glitch in communication on that side, I invite you to contact us via email and let us know the date and name on which you booked, so that we can identify if there was any mistake on our side. Thanks again for your feedback. Best regards, Virginia
Written September 22, 2022
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Viktoria_Ricco
74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We booked a private dolphin tour (2 hours) with Karlos Excursions and needless to say, there is nothing they could have done better from our perspective. The skippers were super friendly, and even though this was a dolphin tour only, we were lucky enough to see some humpback whales from the boat as well 😍 Also we passed by the famous Chrystal Rock and stopped at a nice snorkeling spot on our way back. The communication with Virginia in advance of the trip was flawless, and I was very thankful that they were flexible enough to postpone our booking since I felt sick the day before. We recommend Karlos Excursions to everyone who is looking for an unforgettable experience with dolphins. It couldn't have been any better! 🙌🏼
Written October 16, 2022
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Hello Viktoria & Ricco, It was a pleasure for our team to share these moments with you ! We're glad that you were lucky to see whales as well on the way :) Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience here. Wish you all the best, Virginia & Karlos Excursions team
Written October 21, 2022
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Ekaterina E
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had a private tour for 2.5 hours.
In the morning we watched the dolphins and it was fantastic. Our skipper was just great because we were always ahead of the other boats. He showed us very beautiful places to snorkel and just to enjoy the views.
We're a family with 8 y.o. kid
Written February 15, 2020
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Hello Ekaterina, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your views here :) Delighted that you and your family enjoyed the trip! Warm regards, Virginia & Karlos excursions team
Written February 17, 2020
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alex795
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This excursion is planned to perfection.
Our skippers were extremely experienced and talked us through what to expect whilst on the boat.
Wow it did not dissapoint we saw dolphins and whales.
The skippers were extremely mindful of not getting to close to the animals which was lovely to hear especially seeing other tour boats racing up to them and scaring them away.
We then went to island where we was greeted by Sega sancers, amazing!
The fresh bbq was some of the most beautiful food I've ever tasted as well as the drinks flowing.
We can't recommend carlos excursions enough!
What an memorable experience, thank you.
Written November 27, 2022
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Hello Alex, Thanks so much for sharing your experience here and recommending our services! We really appreciate it. We are delighted that you enjoyed the trip with our team and our fresh BBQ! Maybe see you next time :) Warm regards, Karlos Excursion Team
Written November 28, 2022
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M T
United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Karlo's Excursions gave us the most memorable and the most enjoyable day ever.
We arranged our trip whilst still in the UK: the communication was smooth and easy. On the day of our trip we also received WhatsApp messages, so everything went absolutely smoothly.
The first part of the trip was swimming with dolphins: we actually didn't swim, but we saw many dolphins swimming happily in and out of water. Other members of our group were a bit more brave and they jumped in and swam alongside the pods.
For the rest of the day we enjoyed a boat ride and a BBQ on the island. Karlos was there waiting for us and he was a fantastic host. The 'jungle juice' got us all into the more relaxed mood and the drinks were flowing until the most delicious BBQ was served. There was everything on offer there: vegetables, fish, chicken, sausages, prawns, garlic bread and for dessert the most delicious grilled bananas.
We made friends with other guests on the trip and had some interesting conversations with Karlos and young members of his team. They are all lovely people and I can't recommend this trip highly enough.
Written January 3, 2024
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Hello :) Thanks so much for sharing your views here. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience with our crew ! It was also a pleasure for me, behind the scenes, & our team to share these special moments with you. Thanks for trusting us. Warm regards, Virginia
Written February 25, 2024
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lukecurwen
Carlisle, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
We booked a private half day boat trip to go dolphin watching, snorkling and visit crystal rock and the experience was fantastic.

Virginia was great with explaining all the options available, we were initially looking to do the full day excursion with barbecue on the beach but unfortunately there weren’t enough bookings to make this viable so we opted for the private half day excursion.

We travelled from Grand Baie and were a little late in arriving at the meeting point in Le Morne with the skipper Ricardo, but he was great and it didn’t cut down our time on the boat.

It rained for a lot of our time on the boat but that didn’t dampen the experience. We saw so many dolphins which was amazing and were given plenty of time to observe and get photos/videos, and the snorkelling was brilliant, crystal clear water with lots of fish to see up close. Again we were given plenty of time for this which was great. We then finished off with visiting crystal rock.

If looking to do a dolphin tour and snorkelling while in Mauritius I would absolutely recommend going with Karlos excursions 😊
Written July 3, 2024
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Nora Kisfaludy-Tobel
Budapest, Hungary3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had a fantastic early morning trip from La Morne to see the dolphines. The staff, Tommy and Axel were very nice, they arrived on time to pick us up and the boat was also very comfortable.
We had a grat time, adults and kids enjoyed it a lot, we saw plenty of dolphines and we had the opportunity to dive into the water to swim with them.
Virginia was always quick in responses, it went very smooth to book the trip. We really recommend Karlos Excursions if you plan a boat trip while you are in Mauritius.
Written February 23, 2024
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Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review here. We are delighted that you & your children had a wonderful time with our crew. It was a pleasure for our whole crew to share these moments with you. Thanks a lot for recommending our services. Warm regards, Virginia & Karlos Excursions team
Written February 25, 2024
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