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

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Mauritius, Flacq District, Trou d'Eau Douce

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  • 8 hours
  • Trou d'Eau Douce
  • E-Voucher
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  • Cancellable


Note: This tour is private, except for the swimming with wild dolphins portion.

The Dolphins and Volcanic Wonders Tour is a unique, full-day excursion, including hotel pickup and dropoff in an air-conditioned vehicle with a friendly guide. Swim with wild dolphins in their natural environment, and discover beautiful coral and tropical fish while snorkeling near the reef in the morning. After, you'll get the chance to enjoy the stunning views from the top of the Trou aux Cerfs dormant volcano and visit the sacred Grand Bassin crater lake. Admire the breathtaking views in Black River Gorges National Park and the famous Alexandra Falls. End your day by discovering the geographic wonder of Chamarel, the 7-colored earth site, and soak in the beauty of Chamarel Falls.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tamarin Bay, Mauritius

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 important aspects of this experience. 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

Stop At: Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe, Mauritius

After swimming with wild dolphins, your driver will take you to discover the Trou aux Cerf volcano. You will be able to enjoy the 360 degree views from the top of the volcano while taking a stroll around the crater. This dormant volcano stands at around 600m above sea level, and on clear days offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the island.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Grand Bassin Road, Mauritius

Drive by the largest reservoir in Mauritius, the Mare-aux-Vacoas, on the way to Grand Bassin, a tranquil and serene crater lake considered sacred by the Hindu population. Discover the Hindu culture by visiting the temples around the lake and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. You will also be amazed by the tall statue of Shiva and the view from the highest temple. Be sure to watch out for the monkeys and wildlife. Note: It may not be possible to make this stop in the month of February or March as the area is also a pilgrimage site during the festival of Mahashivaratree.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius

Nature lovers will enjoy the incredible views of the Black River Gorges, the largest national park in Mauritius. Covering an area of 6754 hectares, the park is home to numerous endemic flora and fauna and provides visitors with beautiful hikes, with varying levels of difficulty. During your drive through the park and Plaine des Champagnes, you will also get to stop and admire Alexandra falls and viewpoint, and if they’re in season, like the locals, you’ll want to pick a few goyaves de chine!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark, Chamarel, Mauritius

Visit the popular Chamarel, the coloured earth site, where in addition to the geological wonders of the seven coloured dunes, you can view the Chamarel Falls, the most famous waterfall in Mauritius! And, make sure you stop by the giant tortoise pens before leaving the park!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 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. 250 (6 Euros) for adults and Rs. 150 (4 Euros) for children
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Clients should bring their own mask, if possible. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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.

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


10 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.

Anette L

07 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.

Anjan S

06 Apr, 2018

Nice - had a good time.


17 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 La Vacanza Travel for the last 3 years. Definitely I do not recommend this tour.

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