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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: Full-Day Cruise with BBQ Lunch

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

5. 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. Your skippers will tell about their habits and provide you with guidelines for a sustainable trip once you have boarded the boat.  The skippers will accompany you in the water when it is 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 array of 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: Tamarind Falls Guided Hike with Lunch

6. Mauritius: Tamarind Falls Guided Hike with Lunch

Walk up the striking Tamarind Falls canyon, one of Mauritius' most popular attractions, led by an experienced mountaineer. Meet your guide at the Henrietta bus station for a safety briefing before you head to the starting point of the hike. The first section of the walk will be through luscious rainforest, including a river crossing where you can choose to relax in a natural jacuzzi. Make sure to keep an eye out for the phenomenal and rare endemic birds, and plants. Watch the connected waterfalls flowing and listen to the birds chirping as you climb up the canyon’s seven platforms and one rock-scrambling section. Along the way, your guide will tell you historical stories about Mauritius' past, and the significance of these falls. Pause at the fifth platform to take a dip in the three connected waterfalls’ luscious waters. Take a moment to admire the breath-taking views surrounding you as you comfortably cool down. Carry on walking up a few steep sections before enjoying a packed lunch while you take in the deep canyon’s scenery beneath you. Try not to let your jaw drop too low as you see the intense beauty and nature Mauritius is so famous for, and make sure to snap some well-deserved photos. Let the rushing water massage your back under the last waterfall before setting off to reach the summit of the Tamarind Falls. Even though the official name of the hike is called the “7 Cascades”, or seven waterfalls, there are 13 in total — all of which you will visit on this tough yet stunning hike.

Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

7. 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.

Mauritius: Vanilla Park and Wild Beaches Tour

8. Mauritius: Vanilla Park and Wild Beaches Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to your tour destination. Once there, stroll through a lush green setting where palm trees and giant bamboo provide shade to the hundreds of Nile crocodiles that are raised in the park. Take a walk on the wild side among a huge herd of giant Aldabra tortoises which live in semi-liberty. You can even meet Domino, the centenarian who tips the scale at 275 kilograms. A souvenir photo is a must in this site, where hundreds of the giants are raised. Moving on, discover an exuberant fauna consisting of iguanas, monkeys, lemurs, deer, wild boar, mongoose, Japanese carp, Mauritian bats, Radiata tortoises, fresh-water turtles, geckos, eels, chameleons, and more. Located on the south coast of Mauritius, Baie Du Cap is a small, quaint village. The region is well known for its natural beauty and its wild, rugged coastlines. With the picturesque land and seascapes encompassing the red-colored earth, the deep green forest, the lines of palm trees, and the sparkling blue sea by the side, you will have an incredible journey to the viewpoint, Maconde. It is set on a curved portion of the coastal road, on the peak of a small rocky cliff where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.

Tamarin Bay: Beginners Scuba Diving Experience

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Black River

What an amazing day. Firstly we were super lucky to see and swim with an entire pod of dolphins - they’re honestly such magical creatures. Lots of speedboats with many swimmers - the dolphins seemed happy enough playing amongst everyone. However not being an expert I can’t comment on their well-being. The tour of the West with our guide Deepak, was absolutely brilliant. I cannot rate Deepak highly enough. He was incredibly insightful, with so much information about the Island. He taught us about the Hindu Faith, Temples, and their Gods. What a beautiful religion. The island’s landscape is just breathtaking with such rich flora and fauna. I went to Mauritius for the beaches but I’d honestly say the main event is the rainforest/national parks. Thank you so much for a wonderful tour, and making our trip unforgettable.

We truly recommend it!! Not only the experience is unique totally worth it, but for us the most important thing that we won’t to pinpoint is the people! We were very lucky to have as our tour guide RAJ - made us feel like we were all a family he knew literally everything, we called him a bible, and he gave us such an amazing time and for that all together is the day of our vacations that we will never forget. Exploring + hospitality with people who care is an excellent combination! THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING US

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.

Mahen was a great guide and made everything possible for us. Great tips. It was a wonderful day! Thanks very much!

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