5 Best Places To Swim With Dolphins In Mauritius

Travelers flock to this idyllic island nation to enjoy the year-round sun, the gorgeous beaches, the fantastic food, and the friendly people. But a unique opportunity can also be had here: a chance to swim with dolphins.

With a bit of advanced planning, you can get out there, swim with dolphins, and have a fantastic experience.

Take a look at some of the things you should know to plan your bucket list experience swimming with dolphins.

What Are The Species You Can See When You Swim With Dolphins In Mauritius?

  • Bottlenose – the larger of the two. Can weigh up to 650 kg (1433 pounds)
  • Spinner – The smaller of the two. Can weigh as much as 80 kg (177 pounds).

You will never see both species occupy an area of water simultaneously. For example, while swimming with dolphins, you may see a clever Bottlenose pod splashing and playing in the bay. Still, the Spinner dolphin pod will wait in the deep water. Likewise, when you see Spinner dolphins playing and having a good time in the bay, the Bottlenose dolphins stay in the deep water.

Bottlenose Dolphin in Mauritius

Spinner Dolphin in Mauritius

Have Your Best Swim Ever With This Amazing Experience

Many luxury hotels worldwide provide a chance to step into the pool and pat a captured dolphin on the head and call that “swimming with dolphins.” Mauritius is one of the few places where you can get in the water and go swimming with dolphins in the wild!

Experienced guides know the best places to take their guests to swim with dolphins. This is not a made-for-tourist experience in a captive aquarium. These are wild dolphins coming out to play. This is a truly magical opportunity to swim with dolphins.

What Are Some Things To Know About Swimming With Dolphins Procedure?

When you book an excursion to swim with dolphins, your guide will give you instructions on the proper dolphins’ procedures. Here are a few things to expect:

  • Don’t splash as you enter the water. It may scare them away.
  • Your guide will tell you how, where, or if you are allowed to touch them. Listen carefully!
  • Never touch the top of the head, the snout, eyes, or blowhole.
  • Their skin is sensitive. Be careful not to scratch them with your fingernails.
  • Always be mindful of your surroundings.

Swim With Dolphins On The Black River

The Black River, or Grande Riviere Noire, is a 45-minute drive from Port Louis. Scheduled charters and private tours will give you a chance to slide off the boat and into the water and swim with dolphins.

Tours are led by experienced local guides who know where to go. In addition, guides are well trained in proper safety procedures for their guests. Schedule your tour for the early morning for the best experience.

Swim With Dolphins In Mauritius On Tamarin Bay

Book a private catamaran tour or join a scheduled charter for this adventure in Tamarin Bay. Your guide will provide everything you need for a safe and fun time to swim with dolphins.

As your boat arrives in the bay, your guide will begin to look for the tell-tale signs of an approaching pod of dolphins. Once they are spotted, guides will instruct you to get into the water gently, without splashing, so you can interact with them.

Many tour operators are making this trip, so you may have to wait as other guests spend time swimming in the water. For the best experience, you should book a private guided catamaran. With a private guide, you will customize your trip to meet your needs.

What If You Are Not Comfortable Getting Into The Water And Swimming With Dolphins?

If getting into the water to interact with the dolphins is not your cup of tea, you can still have an amazing experience from the boat.

Experienced local guides are trained to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for their guests, both in and out of the water. If staying on the boat sounds best to you, there are still opportunities to watch for dolphins, with a guide who will try to get as close to the dolphins as possible. It would be best to work with a private guide instead of a scheduled charter to plan the best experience for you.

Now It’s Your Turn To Get Out There And Swim With Dolphins!

We would like to get you out there on the water and swimming with dolphins in Mauritius. So call or go online today, so we can plan the best tour to swim with dolphins for you!

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