Mauritius Dolphin & whale watching

Our most recommended Mauritius Dolphin & whale watching

Black River Swim with Dolphins Speedboat Tour

1. Black River Swim with Dolphins Speedboat Tour

Explore the west coast of Mauritius and the Black River area on a guided speedboat trip from Grande Riviere Noire. Admire views from the water and search for dolphins in their natural environment. Discover the underwater world while swimming and snorkeling. Climb aboard a speedboat and start your tour along the unforgettable west coast of Mauritius. Get a detailed briefing from your skipper before you take off to see wild dolphins and other marine life in their natural habitat. Enter the water in groups of 2 at a time to get close with these special marine mammals. Encounter native spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and more in the coastal waters off of the Black River region. Round off your trip with a snorkeling session by the colorful coral reef to see the amazing ecosystem up close and personal.

Black River: Dolphin Swim and Whale Watching by Speedboat

2. Black River: Dolphin Swim and Whale Watching by Speedboat

Climb aboard a speedboat with a capacity for no more than 8 people plus 2 skippers and set off an amazing speedboat trip along the Black River coast of Mauritius. Benefit from a detailed briefing to learn how to respect the environment and hear the rules of approaching the dolphins to cause them minimum disturbance. Get the chance to enter the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to get up close to the magnificent marine mammals in their natural habitat. Encounter native spinner dolphins and bottlenose dolphins playing in the ocean, and end with a snorkeling session at the amazing coral reefs. Then, look for whales and get a 60% chance of seeing them. Encounter majestic humpback whales between June and October and resident sperm whales all year round.

Mauritius: Ocean Swim with Dolphins & Benetiers Island Tour

3. Mauritius: Ocean Swim with Dolphins & Benetiers Island Tour

Start your adventure at 7:30 AM with a light breakfast before embarking on the speedboat and heading out to sea to observe the Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. Once the dolphins are spotted you can observe these aquatic specialists from the boat or even jump in for a closer look before setting course for some snorkeling around the “Aquarium” a coral barrier known to be one of the best snorkeling spots in Mauritius. After some enjoyable snorkeling we head in the direction of Ile aux Benitiers island, along the way we include a stop at Crystal rock, a famous geological quirk. This is a great place to take some photographs with the gorgeous view of Le morne mountain as its backdrop. Finally, we make our way to Benetiers Island for our long-awaited BBQ lunch, and a little relaxation time before heading back to the mainland.

Île aux Bénitiers: Swim with the Dolphins & BBQ Lunch

4. Île aux Bénitiers: Swim with the Dolphins & BBQ Lunch

Begin the excursion with pickup at the hotel at 6:00 AM or 7:00 AM depending on where you are on the island. Then head out on an adventure for your encounter with dolphins in their natural environment. Watch dolphins swimming around the speedboat and join them in the water for a swim. Afterwards, spend some time snorkeling along a coral reef with the beautiful colors of the tropical fish. Continue your excursion with a visit to Benitiers Island, where you will enjoy a BBQ meal. The driver will return at your hotel safely after the excursion.

Tamarin: Guided Kayak Tour with Dolphins

5. Tamarin: Guided Kayak Tour with Dolphins

Go dolphin watching off the coast of Mauritius on this guided kayak tour. Paddle into Tamarin Bay and get the chance to see bottlenose and spinner dolphins in their natural habitat. Meet at the activity provider's office in the morning to get started. Learn about the basics of kayaking from your guide before you set off. Admire the sunrise over Tamarin beach as you paddle out into the bay. Dolphins spend the night in the bay, so the morning is the best time to catch a glimpse of them. Spend two hours kayaking around the bay. If you spot dolphins, follow the instructions of your guide to observe these animals in a respectful way. There is a chance that you won't see any dolphins. If this happens, enjoy an alternative route exploring the Tamarin River and its rich wildlife.

Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

6. Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

Begin your full-day experience with a visit to the wild dolphins who live off the coast of the Black River in the Indian Ocean. Swim with the playful creatures in their natural environment. Learn about their habits and receive guidelines for a sustainable trip once you have boarded the boat.  The skippers will accompany you in the water when it's your turn to swim. Take in stunning views over the open sea and of these amazing creatures before heading to the popular diving and snorkeling site (time permitting). Dive in and marvel at the beautiful coral gardens and tropical fish. Proceed then to the dormant volcano of Trou aux Cerfs for beautiful panoramas. Take a stroll around the crater, situated 2,000 feet above sea level, for breathtaking views of the whole island on clear days.  Continue to the temples and shrines of the peaceful Grand Bassin. See the 108-foot statue of Shiva and climb the highest temple for more stunning views.  Look out for the resident monkeys and other wildlife while you're there. Drive through the park to Plaine des Champagnes, stopping to admire Alexandra Falls on the way. Finally, head to Chamarel to discover the geological miracle that is the Seven Colored Earths. Get a view of Chamarel Falls, Mauritius' most famous waterfall. Say hello to one of the giant tortoises before concluding the tour and heading back to your hotel.

Mauritius: Private Swim with Dolphins

7. Mauritius: Private Swim with Dolphins

Encounter friendly dolphins in their natural habitat on board a private speed boat. With your skippers and guide, enjoy swimming with these fascinating creatures in a safe and respectful way. After cruising for a few minutes, watch as the curious dolphins swim in the ocean around you. Learn about their behavior with a short safety briefing. Then, hop in the water for a swim with the dolphins and enjoy interacting with them in their natural environment. At the end of the excursion, embark on a short snorkeling session at a vibrant coral reef, before returning to land.

Private Dolphin Encounter and Whale Watching

8. Private Dolphin Encounter and Whale Watching

Explore the crystalline waters off the coast of Mauritius on this exciting speedboat adventure. Swim with dolphins, snorkel along the coral reef and see the majestic humpback whales. After a briefing by the crew, your tour on board a speedboat begins. The skippers will be at your entire disposal during this private boat excursion. After a few moments of cruising, observe the dolphins swimming around the boat. You can even enjoy a swim surrounded by the dolphins. To respect these fascinating marine mammals and their environment, there will be a briefing explaining the approach and swimming rules before the start of the excursion. The dolphin encounter ends with a snorkel on the coral reef. Next, go for a 3-hour whale watching trip. In Mauritius humpback whales can be observed between June and October/November and Sperm whales can be seen the whole year. There is a 60% chance to see the whales. There's no refund in case of no observation. During the trip water and soft drinks are served. The excursion takes place from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Mauritius: Seabob Diving Experience

9. Mauritius: Seabob Diving Experience

Enjoy an exhilarating Seabob activity which allows you to move through the ocean with the agility and speed of a dolphin. Grab onto the submersible device and maneuver through the ocean at your own pace. Choose from 6 power different power levels and explore the ocean floor and surface. This is an easily accessible activity and suitable for all ages. Get to grips with your new ergonomic device within a few minutes. Make your way into the ocean and brush up against schools of fish. Discover the colors and wonders of the ocean floor. Once you finish up, enjoy a fresh juice to complete the activity.

Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

10. Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

Experience the magic of swimming with dolphins in the wild and discover the stunning beauty of South Side of Mauritius on a private tour taking you to popular sites like Chamarel’s village seven-colored soils, Grand Bassin, and Alexandra Fall.  Start the beginning of a truly amazing day with an early-morning departure on a motorboat to experience the sunrise behind the mountains. Enjoy an ethical swim amongst dolphins in the wild. Feel at ease knowing that these beautiful creatures are not held in captivity or are cornered off by large boats.  Travel to the see the Tamarin Waterfalls, the Trou aux Cerfs crater, the holy lake (Grand Bassin), the Alexandra Falls, the Black River Gorges View Point, and the village of Chamarel with its seven-colored earth soils.  Continue down the south coast, around the Maconde (hairpin curve) before heading back to your accommodation.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 35 reviews

A great experience! We were very lucky to see some humpback whales in addition to many dolphins. Among other things, a mother and her cub, which we were able to observe very well during its numerous jumps. The guides were great. We felt safe the whole time. Although swimming with whales is forbidden in Mauritius, people from other boats have bathed in the sea while watching whales. Our crew expressly warned us about this. The leaping whale calf weighs about a ton and just wants to play... I would like to particularly emphasize the great respect that our crew has shown for both the whales and dolphins. There are many rules to protect animals. For example, care is taken to ensure that very few people are in the sea with the dolphins at the same time. And they don't swim with them when they're sleeping. In our case the dolphins were sleeping, but we didn't care. The happiness of seeing all these animals outshined everything else.

The boat ride, the snorkeling, the food, the whale sighting - all just perfect! Beautiful 6 hours! Only the island of Benetiers was too commercial for us and we didn't like it! But we had 30 minutes more for snorkeling and swimming! We would do the trip again in a heartbeat!

Saw four whales a shark and so many dolphins !! an amazing company which respects the laws surrounding whales and marine life unlike other companies on the water. snorkelling was also amazing. overall couldnt recommend enough was a trip of a lifetime !

Rigtig god tur. Guiderne var gode til at informere om turforløbet og vi syntes de tog meget hensyn til delfinerne/hvalerne når de sejlede efter/rundt om dem ift. mange af de andre både, hvor det virkede som om man nærmest jagtede dem og stressede dem.

I got one thing to say, this is a life time experience! Tour, guide, food and everything couldn't be better.