Swim with Dolphins in Magical Mauritius!
Despite an early morning rise, I jumped out of bed as today we would be swimming with Dolphins on the beautiful island of Mauritius! I had previously done this in places such as Mozambique and in South Africa but generally only on dives and we never quite got close enough so I was excited to see how this might be different.
The transfer took us to Tamarin Bay where we paid and met with our skipper and his partner. After a short safety briefing, we started the engines and made our way out the harbor and into the ocean heading for our destination.
The rules of engagement were that we would be taken to where the Dolphins congregated in the morning and then be allowed to swim with them. Life jackets on at all times, only 2 of us would be able to swim at a time for about 10 minutes and we were not to try touch the Dolphins. It was great to hear how this tour operator was promoting sustainable tourism which I found out later could not be said for many of the other boat handlers or operators.
A short way out to sea we were greeted with the grace and beauty as about 30 to 40 Dolphins came swimming alongside of us. These are honestly such beautiful mammals, gracious as they move effortlessly up through the water. We started to get together in two’s and when it was finally my turn my heart skipped a beat knowing that I was going to be so close to one of my favourite animals. The boat pulled alongside, and we jumped into the water having donned ourselves with fins and a snorkel. The guide on the boat joined us in order to assist us in finding them with the best possible views. It was absolutely amazing watching them in and around us, making their squeaking like noises as they communicated between each other. You are about 10 meters away from them at times and sometimes even closer enabling you to really enjoy the beauty of them. It often depends on their mood as to how receptive they are to both boats and swimmers, but we were fortunate enough to catch them on a day when they felt like playing and one Dolphin even jumped into the air with a couple of pirouette’s just for us!
This really was an experience like no other and certainly worth exploring. It did bother me about the number of boats interacting with the Dolphins and at times it felt as though the Dolphins are being constantly surrounded so people can swim as close as possible to them. This experience will only become more popular, so I hope they implement some form of regulation of boats within the area, placing strict rules on each boat as to the number of people they put into the water in order to make it a sustainable experience for both tourists and Dolphins alike.
Checkout Travel firmly believes in sustainable tourism and will at all times utilize operators who are like minded. Please feel free to contact us should this be a tour you would like to enquire or learn more about.
Giles first opened up Checkout Travel (Club Travel Fourways in those days) over 15 years ago. He is passionate about researching new technologies whether it be in the digital marketing space or actual travel platforms ensuring seamless quoting procedures for our travel creators – gone are the days of dusty hotel guides! Currently completing his MBA, this adventure junkie’s best travel memory thus far is trekking around South East Asia for 3 months.
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