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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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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: 4h 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
  • Look for dolphins, sperm whales, and (between June and November) humpbacks
  • 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
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 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
  • Look for dolphins, sperm whales, and (between June and November) humpbacks
  • 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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 54582P8
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Soft drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Dolswim
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Duration
4h 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: We will carry the person on to the boat. Please advise weight. The wheelchair will not go on the boat and wheelchair clients will not go in the water. Exclusive excursion recommended for these clients.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Inclusions
  • Soft drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Dolswim
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
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
4h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair: We will carry the person on to the boat. Please advise weight. The wheelchair will not go on the boat and wheelchair clients will not go in the water. Exclusive excursion recommended for these clients.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers 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: 4 hours - Admission included
    Meeting time at 7:45 a.m. in Black River. At 8 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. Humpback whales can be observed between June and October while Sperm whales can be observed all year round. 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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Sam H
Horsham, UK7 contributions
Swimming with dolphins
Sep. 2019 • 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 7 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

djusuufhrnakk
Manchester, UK35 contributions
Would not recommend
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 6 December 2019
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Abraham B
8 contributions
Worth your money....!
Julian and Fabian were our crew,
Whale watching - best experience*
(way better than the hermanus tour, I did in South Africa.)

Very patient and they make sure everybody gets their chance to see the dolphins swim underwater.

All in all - a well organized trip, better than what I expected.
Written 26 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joel
2 contributions
Experience out of this world
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Me and my wife came to Mauritius for our honeymoon and decided to swim with wild dolphins and go whale watching as neither of us had done it before. We chose this as we agreed we would prefer to see them in natural surroundings rather than in a horrible little tank in a park or zoo. Well, to say we are glad we picked Dolswim is a massive understatement. Our 2 guides Julian and Fabian were incredible! They were extremely professional, at the same time as being extremely welcoming and brilliant hosts, but also showing massive respect to the dolphins and whales to not distress them and make them feel uncomfortable! I can not recommend this trip enough. Oh, and here is one of the photos I managed to capture whilst with them.
Written 11 November 2019
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Maria H
Nacka, Sweden4 contributions
Amazing trip!
Oct. 2019 • Family
It was a very early morning, but so worth it! Very nice and friendly crew, who handled the boat perfectly. First we found a large school of dolphines (incredibly lucky!), around 300 both Spinners and Bottle nose! We stayed with the dolphines until all had had two chances to swim with them. Very safe and well-handled. Max 18 on the boat, and we were 15. 2dived at a time. Everthing went very smoothly. After the dolphines, we tried to see if we could localize a whale. We took a chance on a report from one fishing boat who had seen one blow earlier. After some searching we found a large Sperm whale, a male! 15m? First he was hiding just below the surface for 15min, and then he came up and stayed above so we could admire him for another 15min. Finished with a perfect dive, showing the large tail and everything! Some snorkeling at the reef the last 30min and then we headed back (home around 13.00). Can really recommend this trip!!!
Written 1 November 2019
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Levens
Peterborough, UK32 contributions
Oct 19 - Dolphin encounter and whale watching
Oct. 2019
On our honeymoon we took a trip out to Dolswim. As we stayed on the north of the island, and it was a sunday morning, the journey took an hour from Anse Le Raie.

these tours are on speed boats , and on our tour we had both Sydney and Fletcher looking after us.
The tour started with breakfast of a drink, banana and a criossant.
After a comprehensive safety briefing in both English and French we were on our way. It took less than 5 minutes before we were with various other boats around a a pod of dolphins.
those who want to swim with dolphins can , but two at a time with one of the staff from the boat. The boat will move where the dolphins go to try and get everyone an opportunity.
we spent about3 hours searching for whales and following phone calls to sightings but we were one of the unlucky ones. The guys really did preservere to make it happen. it just didn't for us. ( A couple from our hotel the previous day were lucky enough to be with a family of whales on the same tour)

After finding more dolphins and more snorkelling, there was an opportunity to snorkel in some shallows as a group for a while.
Lunch is a sandwich and a drink.

Sydney and Fletcher were great. This tour could be for anyone, but the young kids with their family on our tout didn't enjoy the fast pace of the speedboat vs the choppy ocean.

I would recommend this tour to anyone who hasnt experienced dolphins and time out on the water before.
Written 23 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Diaetjoghut0
1 contribution
Awesome experience
Oct. 2019 • Couples
We had the impression that these guys work highly professional in comparisson to other companies who offer swimming with dolfins too (and there were lots of other boats).
We enjoyed it nevertheless, especially when you see that the animals swim slowley because they seemed not to be that stressed. They plunge anyway when people jump into the water ot swim too noisy.
Written 23 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

S & T
6 contributions
Dolphin and whale encounter
Oct. 2019 • Couples
What a fantastic morning. We were looked after well by Jason and David. We were lucky and swam with lots of Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins, saw several pods of Pilot whales and then experienced tropical fish whilst snorkeling over the coral reef. Thank you 😃🐠🐬🐋🐟
Written 18 October 2019
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Jan H
1 contribution
Great experience.
Oct. 2019 • Couples
Great trip with even better guides Jason and David. We've seen many dolphins and pilot whales. Thank you guys, recommended for everyone.
Written 17 October 2019
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KMF
3 contributions
Amazing
Oct. 2019 • Couples
Incredible experience. Seen lots of dolphins and whales. The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend everyone to do it, a truly once in a lifetime experience and great day out.
Written 11 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Dolswim
mirvama
mirvama
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Great experience but not without moral issues.
I actually visited 2018 but for some reason this review was never published,so I share this now as I believe in wha
antony W
antony W
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Mr & Mrs Wright honeymoon
Brilliant well organised company, got to see both dolphins & whales close up another thing ticked off the bucket li
WeakKneeTraveler
WeakKneeTraveler
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Managed to See Sperm Whales
The whole experience was great. Saw some sperm whales for the 1st time in my life. There were also dolphins and tur
Pulteney69
Pulteney69
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Whale and dolphin boat trip
Blue Quest were excellent. Just returned today from a trip to see the dolphins and whales. We were told it was only
SwissTraveller1980
SwissTraveller1980
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Whale Encounter
We booked a whale encounter. And we did not see whales. They said chance is 60%. They said in the end the captain s
DayTrip67759614958
DayTrip67759614958
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Jump jump jump
We enjoyed the dolswim however it is more dolphin chasing than swim. They are fast and you can see them if you are
693fabiop
693fabiop
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Excellent Dolphin view
Despite our luck regarding weather and water visibility, the crew was very good, giving us the best instructions to
antony W
antony W
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Mr & Mrs Wright Honeymoon
We had a fantastic day with Dolswim, greeted by a friendly smile from Vic & given some safety/lifejacket advice, we
priscila_coutinho
priscila_coutinho
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Very Nice
Very nice experience, dolswin is the best company for doing swiming with dolphins. It is very difficult to swin aft
Ventlaura
Ventlaura
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Dolphin and whale experience
We booked this experience with the help of our TUI rep although it was not one they offered, we knew that the chanc
Katie T
Katie T
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Wonderful experience! Such good value too!
Although an early start is required to this excursion-it is 110% worth it!!!! After a safety briefing and some bre
Mr_H_zz
Mr_H_zz
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Best day ever ... even according to the kids!
We are a family of 7 and ended up on a boat ourselves, which was nice. We were with Miguel and Juan. Both excellent
Sas K
Sas K
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Amazing opportunity to watch sea mammals
We took this boats trip and didn't regret a thing. The staff was very friendly, they tell you everything about sea
Marc F
Marc F
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Really enjoyable
Dolswim is highly recommended if you're visiting Mauritius at some point. We were able to swim near a pod of dolphi
StepankaB5
StepankaB5
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Big game fishing
Thank you very much for a fabulous day fishing!! We all had a great time even we didnt catch a big fish. Breakfast
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