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Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

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Swim with wild dolphins in the open seas of Mauritius. Visit the dormant volcano of Trou aux Cerfs. Explore the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site of Grand Bassin. Discover the Seven Colored Earths and giant tortoises at Chamarel.

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Duration 7 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup available from hotels in Mauritius


  • Enjoy an unforgettable dolphin encounter and snorkeling adventure
  • Visit the crater of the dormant volcano of Trou aux Cerfs
  • Discover the popular site of Chamarel and marvel at the famous Seven Colored Earths
Full description

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.

  • Driver and guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Food
  • Entrance to Chamarel
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  This tour lasts up to 8 hours. You can choose how long you spend at each attraction (except for the dolphin encounter, which lasts around 2.5 hours). Depending on your group’s speed, you may not have time to see all the listed attractions.
  •  Please be advised that an encounter with the dolphins is not 100% guaranteed.
  • You will have time for lunch at your own expense.
  • It may not be possible to stop at Grand Bassin in February or March, as the area is a pilgrimage site during the festival of Mahashivaratree.
  •  Please be advised that if you are staying on the north side of the island, pickup will occur slightly earlier.
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 39 reviews

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Wow what a fantastic experience!!! Rajesh our driver for the day collected us from the hotel, took us to the boats to go out and swim with the dolphins. He gave us a fantastic oversight of the country, its people and history during the journey. We got to swim with the dolphins, the guides helping us locate them. Be aware there will be quite a few boats trying to find the dolphins, so this is not a 1:1 experience but was still worth the journey. Snorkel and flippers were provided and take a Gopro if you have one! After this experience (around 2 hours) we were taken by Rajesh to see the waterfall, 7 coloured earth and giant tortoises (this is Rs500 pp extra) plus taken to see the Hindu temple at the great lake. Rajesh can explain everything to you, his knowledge was extensive. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, however I would say this trip is NOT for families with young children, the dolphins are but not the whole tour as its a very long day.

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December 8, 2022

We had an unforgettable day with our guide Robin. He picked us up on time and showed and told so much, it was just great. A highlight for our children was the dolphin swim. Visiting the national park was great too. The seven earths are really something very special. The visit to the temple in Grand Bassin was also very impressive, where Robin gave us a very interesting insight into Hinduism. We would do another tour with Robin as our guide at any time. Thank you so much, dear Robin, it was a pleasure being with you on a day trip in the south of Mauritius!

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November 6, 2022

The day started at 6:30 a.m. and ended around 2 p.m. The guide/driver was very nice and always willing. Swimming with the dolphins was magical but we only stayed in the water for a few minutes… For the other visits, we were unlucky because it was raining suddenly only a small glimpse of the car, especially for the sacred lake . A word of advice: avoid coming to Mauritius in June because it rains quite a bit contrary to what you can see on the websites.

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June 10, 2022

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