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Full-Day Mauritius Volcanic Wonders Tour Including Swimming with Wild Dolphins

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Belle Mare, Mauritius
Full-Day Mauritius Volcanic Wonders Tour Including Swimming with Wild Dolphins

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Combine some of Mauritius most important natural landmarks and features in this full-day private tour. Start the morning with snorkeling and swimming in a wild dolphin habitat, then head up to the top of Trou aux Cerfs, a dormant volcano. Hit the crater lake at Grand Bassin, Black River Gorges, and Alexandra Falls, then wind up at the site of the 7-Coloured Earth. Round-trip hotel transport and use of snorkel gear included.
  • Combine the natural wonders of Mauritius in one tour
  • Visit Alexandra Falls, Grand Bassin, and the 7-Coloured Earth
  • Swim and snorkel in a wild dolphin habitat
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Round-trip hotel transportation
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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
Hotel pickup and dropoff
Entrance fees to Chamarel are Rs. 325 (6.5 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 excursion starts 7:30am on the west coast of the island, so your exact pickup time will depend on where you are staying, but will typically be between 5:30am and 7am. We will let you know your exact pickup time upon booking.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Bring swimwear for the dolphin's portion, and comfortable walking shoes for the rest of the tour
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Mauritius Volcanic Wonders Tour Including Swimming with Wild Dolphins?
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 Full-Day Mauritius Volcanic Wonders Tour Including Swimming with Wild Dolphins.
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Mauritius Volcanic Wonders Tour Including Swimming with Wild Dolphins?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Mauritius Volcanic Wonders Tour Including Swimming with Wild Dolphins.

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Amazing experience
, Oct 2021
Early start, however the dolphin swimming is out of this world. Initially I was a bit apprehensive at the number of boats around the pod. However they were always careful. Once in the water, look down and you see around 200 dolphins as far as you can see. An amazing experience when they are all around you. The 2nd part, unfortunately for us as a very rainy/cloudy day so we didn't get to see much. I suspect it would be better in a sunny day. Our driver was great and very knowledgeable. Id recommended this trip to people.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Richard, we're glad you enjoyed the swimming with wild dolphin experience, and found the driver knowledgeable! Sorry the weather didn't cooperate for the afternoon portion of the trip. We wish you a great stay in Mauritius!
Brilliant tour guide!
, Oct 2021
Our driver Ahmed from Grand Bai, very informative and helpful. The dolphins and swimming was very beautiful and the nature parks were definitely worth it all!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi, thanks for the wonderful comments! We're glad you enjoyed the tour. We wish you a great rest of your stay in Mauritius!
Komplette 8h ein Erlebnis. Delfin schwimmen aber grenzwertig
, Jan 2020
The communication with the guide was good. He was on time to pick us up. He speaks English and he was very friendly. The dolphin tour was ok. We saw dolphins but it was to crowded there with the other botes. The snorkeling was also OK but not much to see in the water. He took us to all the highlights within the given time. Nice tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi, thanks for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the tour and found the driver/guide friendly and helpful. We wish you a great stay in Mauritius!
Nice day
, Jan 2020
The taxidriver that took us around was very nice. Beautiful places, the driver waiting for us att each place, no Harry. A lot of friendly monkeys in the viewpoint. Eat lunch at a nice restaurant in he mountain. The dolphinswim was a little to much for the dolphins I think, a lot of boats.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi, thanks for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the tour and were able to see some moneys at the viewpoint.
Do not recommend
, Oct 2019
The tour itinerary was really good. The places visited were really interesting. As a driver our guide was good. But as an English speaking guide he wasn't good at all. Maximum 200 words for 8 hours of tour, mainly naming the villages and mountains. Probably, the worst tour experience with Viator for the last 3 years. Definitely I do not recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi, thanks for your feedback. We're glad you found the sites interesting. We'll follow up with this particular driver to determine why he was not more talkative, and give him feedback to prevent this from happening again. We apologize for the lack of communication.
Le paysage du sud Maurice
, Oct 2021
Nous avons été accompagné par Ahmed tout le long du séjour, il a su nous conduire parfaitement entre les sites de l'excursion ainsi que nous guider et instruire sur l'histoire des lieux qu'on découvrait. Il a rendu les trajets si courts et amicaux. La première activité démarre en force avec plein de sensations en mer, les moniteurs ont été patients en nous aidant à localiser les dauphins. Les autres sites d'observations étaient à couper le souffle.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Bonjour Benjamin, Merci d'avoir partagé votre avis! Nous sommes ravis que vous ayez aimé votre excursion avec nous. Nous transmettrons vos gentils commentaires au Ahmed.
Super journée
, Sep 2019
Le chauffeur était adorable, bienveillant et a su nous guider comme il fallait Une super journée, on recommande cette excursion et son tour opérateur
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Bonjour et merci de nous avoir laissé ce gentil commentaire! Nous sommes ravis que vous ayez aimé la gentillesse du chauffeur et le service client de notre bureau et que vous ayez aimé l’excursion!
excursion au top
, Aug 2019
terrible et personnel naviguant au top en sachant que les dauphins n'était pas nombreux ce jour là et que par contre il y avait un paquet d'embarcattion
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Bonjour, merci pour votre avis. Nous aimons que vous ayez trouvé le personnel naviguant utile. Profitez de votre temps à l'île Maurice!
Grandiose Tour an Land, grausame Hetzjagd auf Delfine
, Jul 2019
Die Tour an sich war super. Wir hatten einen netten und lustigen Guide, der uns gut unterhalten hat und viele Anekdoten über Mauritius zu erzählen hatte. Wir wurden pünktlich in aller früh von unserem Guide vom Hotel abgeholt und sind erstmal zu dem "Schwimmen mit Delfinen" gebracht worden. Doch dann begann eine grausame Hetzjagd auf die Delfine. Teilweise von zehn Booten, die immer wieder versuchten die Delfinschwärme einzukreisen, damit die Leute ins Wasser springen konnten und ein kurzes aufregendes Erlebnis zu haben, welchen Preis die Delfine dafür zahlen, ist aber unermesslich. Meine Frau und ich haben uns in Grund und Boden geschämt, dass wir daran teilgenommen haben und werden so etwas niemals wieder machen. Solche Touren gehören verboten. Man kann auch auf unaufdringliche Weise Wale und Delfine beobachten, aber das was da war, war einfach nur grausam! Die Guides auf dem Boot haben nichts erklärt, nichts wissenswertes über Delfine erzählt oder eine Anleitung gegeben, wie man mit den Tieren schwimmen soll. Sobald ein Schwarm gesichtet wurde, ist das Boot und mit ihm noch zehn weitere, so nah an den Schwarm heran gefahren wie nur möglich und dann haben die Guides nur laut gerufen: "Go, go, go, go..." und ein Guide sprang dann ins Wasser und diejenigen, die mit wollten, sind hinterher gesprungen, auf unserem Boot waren es zum Glück die Wenigsten. Als wir endlich wieder an Land waren, hat uns unser eigentliche Guide wieder in Empfang genommen, um uns noch den schönen Süd-Westen der Insel zu zeigen. Und das war wirklich toll. Die Chamarel-Wasserfälle, grandios, die siebenfarbige Erde, ein Naturwunder und so wunderschön, das Black-River-Tal, ein Stück mauritischer Ursprung, Der Hindu-Tempel am Grand Bassin und die große Shiva-Statue, sehr interessant und beeindruckend. Es war eine wirkliche tolle und unterhaltsame Tour an Land, das Schwimmen mit den Delfinen sollten sie aus dem Programm nehmen.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Hi, thanks for your feedback. We're glad you really enjoyed the land portions of the tour! Since the Mauritius Tourism Authority only allows boats to carry passengers to swim with the dolphins between the hours of 7am and 10am, it's not uncommon for there to be other boats in the same area. Participants can swim close to the dolphins, but touching them is strongly discouraged as they are wild.

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