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Nature Discovery Guided Tour: Dolphins, Tortoises, Crocodiles and the Wild South

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Belle Mare, Mauritius
Nature Discovery Guided Tour: Dolphins, Tortoises, Crocodiles and the Wild South

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Discover the natural beauty of Mauritius on this full-day private tour that includes a swim in a dolphin habitat. With your guide, visit the viewpoint at Macondé and the cliffs at Gris Gris. See the giant tortoises and crocodiles at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes. Pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private tour of Mauritius' natural wonders
  • Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat (this activity is with a group)
  • Visit the lookout point at Maconde
  • See the crocodiles, tortoises, and insects at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes
  • Visit Gris Gris and La Roche Qui Pleure
  • Pickup and drop-off at local hotels
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A 2.5-hour encounter with wild dolphins in the open sea
Snorkeling near the coral reef (snorkeling gear provided)
Services of a fully licensed, qualified driver
Air-conditioned and insured taxi, minibus or coach
Private transfer for your group to and from your hotel
Waiting time
Parking Fees
Entrance fees to La Vanille are Rs. 500 (10 Euros) per person
Lunch or snacks

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7:30 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

We pick up at all hotels, B&Bs, apartments on the island. Please let us know which hotel, B&B or apartment you're staying at. Note that this tour starts at 7:30am on the west coast of the island. Your exact pickup time will depend on where you are staying, but will typically be between 5:30am and 7am. Your exact pickup time will be sent to you upon booking.
Roll out of bed and enjoy convenient early morning pickup at your hotel in the morning. Transfer to the seaside, where you'll board a boat bound for the dolphin habitat. Please note, this portion of the tour is with other participants.

Watch the scenery drift by on the way, then get an orientation from the skipper on what to expect from dolphins. Learn how to behave in the water as not to disturb the dolphins in their natural environment. Spend the next few hours swimming around the dolphins and viewing them from the deck of the boat. If time allows, continue to a nearby popular snorkeling spot called The Aquarium. 

Back on land, you are back on your own with your guide as you head to Macondé, arguably the island's best viewpoint. Take in the sights and snap photos before heading to La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, home to 1,000 giant tortoises and 2,000 Nile crocodiles. Peruse the more than 23,000 species of insects in the insectarium. 

In the wild south of Mauritius, take the in the rugged scenery and the powerful waves at Gris Gris, where you can see the rock formation known as the La Roche Que Pleure.

The tour concludes back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tamarin Bay
You will start your day with the experience of a lifetime, and one of the most popular activities in Mauritius, swimming with wild dolphins in their natural environment. Once you get on board the speedboat, the professional and qualified skippers will start by briefing you on the most important aspects of this experience, including the types of dolphins that you will encounter and their habits and guidelines for sustainable dolphin watching. You will then head to Tamarin Bay for the dolphin encounter. The skippers will accompany you in the water when it’s your turn to swim with the dolphins. You will enjoy 2.5 hours on the open sea viewing the dolphins and swimming with them. Depending on the amount of time left, you will then go to The Aquarium, a popular snorkelling and diving site with beautiful coral and tropical fish.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Morne Brabant
After swimming with wild dolphins, your driver will take you to discover one of the most photographed sceneries of Mauritius: Macondé. This picturesque viewpoint is located in the south-west part of Mauritius, where the coastal road is built around a sharp curve along a cliff, giving it its dramatic and breathtaking appeal.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Vanille Nature Park
Your driver will take you to visit La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes where you will discover beautiful palm and banana trees, giant bamboos, impressive animals, including 2,000 Nile Crocodiles and 1,000 giant tortoises. You will also visit their insectarium which boasts one of the best private collections in the world with 23,000 species.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Gris Gris Beach
In the afternoon, you will discover more of the wild south while admiring the rugged scenery of big, powerful waves crashing on the cliffs at Gris Gris. A few metres away, you will see La Roche qui pleure, a natural rock formation that resembles a person crying when the waves hit it.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The dolphin portion of this outing is not recommended for pregnant women. All children under 12 years old should be accompanied.
  • In almost all cases (90%+) you will see the dolphins. However, if this is not the case, a second outing will be offered on the boat free of charge (transportation to and from your hotel are not included for the second outing). It’s important to note that there will be no refund once you have completed the activity.
  • This tour lasts up to eight hours, and you will be able to choose how long you spend at each attraction (except for the dolphin portion). Depending on your group’s speed you may not have time to see all the listed attractions. You will be able to stop for lunch but the price of the lunch is not included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bonjour Mauritius
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Nature Discovery Guided Tour: Dolphins, Tortoises, Crocodiles and the Wild South?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Nature Discovery Guided Tour: Dolphins, Tortoises, Crocodiles and the Wild South.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Nature Discovery Guided Tour: Dolphins, Tortoises, Crocodiles and the Wild South?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Nature Discovery Guided Tour: Dolphins, Tortoises, Crocodiles and the Wild South.

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Sadly not 2.5 hours in the water...
david_w
, Jul 2016
Sadly not 2.5 hours in the water with dolphins. the entire boat trip lasted under 2 hrs, with most of the time travelling. Lots of boats with you jumping in for 2 Min swim, then out, race ahead and repeated. +No snorkeling even thou had time. Rest of day was good, great driver and tortoise park was fun.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This tour is definitely recommended...
Gizem Y
, Feb 2016
This tour is definitely recommended! The private tour car picks you up at your hotel early in the morning. First we went to Tamarin Bay and from there, took a speed boat of 10 people into the depths of Indian Ocean to chase dolphins. It was an incredible experience to see wild dolphins swim around you in their natural habitat! From there, we went to Crocodile Park, where we saw animals wandering about freely inside a park, which is not like any other animal parks. We saw tortoises in free environment, deers walking around guests. It is a must-see place in Mauritius. We also went to see Gris-Gris, rocks with amazing landscape and waves. It was a tiring day but definitely worth doing. This tour is so recommended!
star-4
Sehr gelungener Tag
Matthias_F
, Jun 2019
Die Delfine werden sehr respektiert und es findet kein eingrenzen statt, eher ein nebenher fahren. Das schnorcheln war wunderschön. Auch die restlichen Punkte aus dieser Tour sind sehr sehenswert und lohnenswert. Der Service war einwandfrei!!!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for the kind words, and we're glad you enjoyed the tour!

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