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Black River: Dolphin Swim and Whale Watching by Speedboat

1. 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: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

2. Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour to the wilder landscape of southwest Mauritius. Stop at the volcanic crater of Trou Aux Cerfs, where you can enjoy a panoramic view across almost the entire island. Visit the ship model factory in Curepipe where their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. You will then head to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the most important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus and make a short drive to the Black River Gorges & stop at the Black River View Point, to see the island’s endemic flora and fauna. Visit La Rhumerie de Chamarel to learn about the various stages involved in making the local rum, before tasting the end product! A delicious gourmet lunch will then be served in a local restaurant. After lunch, the drive continues to Chamarel Village to admire the 90-meter high Chamarel Waterfall and curious 7-Coloured Earth, a natural phenomenon caused when basaltic lava converts the clay mineral into vibrant shades of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. Take a winding drive to the southwest corner of Mauritius, enjoy the drive through Macondé Bridge for panoramic views across the Baie Du Cap River.

Mauritius: Full-Day Cruise with BBQ Lunch

3. Mauritius: Full-Day Cruise with BBQ Lunch

Step aboard the catamaran and look up at the Black River mountain range and the mythical Morne Mountain, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the calm blue waters of the West, complete relaxation awaits.  Depart from The Morne Anglers Club at 9:15 AM and head to Tamarin Bay. Here, you can try to spot the dolphins. Then, take a leisurely sail in direction of Crystal Rock and stop on the way for some snorkeling and swimming next to the coral reef. Once you arrive at Crystal Rock, you may have another swim while the crew is preparing a delicious BBQ. After lunch, you will be able to spend 40 minutes discovering Ilot Benitier. There is a tender boat at your disposal to take you to the island. Sail back to the Black River and arrive at approximately 3:30 PM. 

Private Swim with Dolphins

4. Private Swim with Dolphins

After enjoying a small breakfast, it is time for a magic dolphin encounter. Welcome on board a speed boat. The skippers will be at your entire service during this private tour.  After sailing for a few minutes, admire the dolphins swimming around you. Time to go in the water for a swim with them: a magical moment. And as this excursion is an exclusive activuty, you can 100% enjoy these 3 hours during the trip. To respect these fascinating marine mammals and their environment, you will have a briefing explaining the approach and swimming rules before the start of this excursion. At the end of the excursion, a snorkeling session on the coral reef is offered The excursion is from 7:00 am to 10:00 am.

Private Dolphin Encounter and Whale Watching

5. 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.

Tamarin Bay: Beginners Scuba Diving Experience

6. Tamarin Bay: Beginners Scuba Diving Experience

Be prepared for an incredible morning of diving. After arriving at the diving center, fill out medical forms, and learn about safety precautions before the dive begins. Get equipped and have a briefing about dive equipment and basic exercises. This will give you an opportunity to get familiar the activity, ask questions, and learn more about scuba diving. Your first dive is done in the swimming pool to help you get acquainted with breathing underwater with the all your equipment. Next, board the boat to go to the dive sites and get ready for an underwater adventure. A short exploration is done under constant supervision of the dive instructor, where many reef fish can be seen. After your dive, board the boat and head back to the dive center.

Tamarin: Exploration Dive

7. Tamarin: Exploration Dive

Experience marine life and get a chance at underwater encounters on a dive for qualified divers around Tamarin, Mauritius. Marvel at various reef fishes and, if you’re lucky, see eagle rays, stingrays, green turtles, and possibly dolphins. Arrive at the diving center, then proceed to filling out forms and getting equipped for your dive. Get briefed on the way to the dive spot, then start your underwater adventure. There is sometimes the option to do two dives in a day. After your dive, head back to the diving center.

Tamarin: PADI Open Water Diver Course Certification

8. Tamarin: PADI Open Water Diver Course Certification

Get certified as a diver through the PADI Open Water Diver Course. Gain the skills and knowledge needed to independently dive. The course consists of a theory module, a theoretical exam, five swimming pool sessions, and four open water dives. No prior experience of scuba diving is required. Theory module: at the end of each chapter, answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. At the end of the course, take a final exam that ensures you have a thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics. Learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate, or cold water. Test your knowledge through plenty of swimming pool sessions and open water dives.

Ile Aux Benitiers: Private Full-Day Cruise

9. Ile Aux Benitiers: Private Full-Day Cruise

Step aboard a luxury catamaran and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Black River mountain range and the mythical Morne Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the calm blue waters of the West, complete relaxation awaits.  Depart from The Morne Anglers Club at 9:15 AM and head to Tamarin Bay. Here, you can try to spot the dolphins. Then, take a leisurely sail in the direction of Crystal Rock and stop on the way for some snorkeling and swimming next to the coral reef. Once you arrive at Crystal Rock, you may have another swim while the crew is preparing a delicious BBQ. After lunch, you will be able to spend 40 minutes discovering Île aux Benitiers. There is a boat at your disposal to take you to the island: sail back to the Black River and arrive at approximately 3:30 PM.

Port Louis: Private Guided Sightseeing Tour

10. Port Louis: Private Guided Sightseeing Tour

This excursion will introduce you to the city of Port Louis, founded in 1735 by Mahe de Labourdonnais, where you will visit the historic Fort Adelaide also known as the Citadel. Built by the English in 1835 and is one of the few fortifications of British origin remaining on the island. From here, you'll enjoy a view stretching over almost the entire city. Your next stop will be a visit to the central market (also known as the bazaar). Here you will be amazed by the variety of products you will find - fruits, vegetables, scent sticks, spices, pashmina, and linen are amongst the most sold products. Your next stop will be at the Caudan Waterfront, a modern precinct facing the harbor. Its 170 boutiques display beautiful collections of local designers and famous brands. Its craft market is an open bazaar, impregnated by exotic scents of spices, souvenirs, and basketry. Then, visit the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, renamed Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, and the highlight of any visit to the north. It is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1735. Admire a magnificent collection of local and exotic plants, a variety of giant water lilies, rare plants from Mascarene, the baobab, giant palms, and the Talipot palm, whose flower only blossoms after 50 years.

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What people are saying about Black River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 101 reviews

Very nice tour, well organized. Unfortunately, it was a pity that the guide only ever went into the water with two people for safety reasons. So only two of 5 people could see the dolphins properly, the others only from a distance, because unfortunately they were already swimming away on the second round. The other boats next to us all went into the water together. But otherwise nice guide, nice tour.

We had a great day at sea! In the morning we saw a lot of dolphins and then went snorkeling at Chrystal Rock and on an island. The BBQ on board was delicious. All drinks are also included. We can definitely recommend the tour. The crew was great!

It was a wonderful day spent with a lot of sight seeing, drives along winding scenic roads, Ashish provided some good information on the history of the island and its people.

Superb experience!!! Super welcoming and attentive team .... well done ... we saw dolphins it was great

Zul was a fantastic guide, he was very informative, friendly and professional.