Nature Discovery Guided Tour: Dolphins, Tortoises, Crocodiles and the Wild South

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Mauritius, Plaines Wilhems District, Chamarel

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  • 8 hours
  • Chamarel
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


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

The Nature Discovery Tour is a full-day excursion, including hotel pickup and dropoff in an air-conditioned vehicle with a friendly driver:
• Experience swimming with wild dolphins in their natural environment and snorkelling near the coral reef in the morning
• Visit the stunning and picturesque viewpoint of Macondé, which is one of the most photographed sceneries of Mauritius
• Discover beautiful flora and impressive fauna, including Nile Crocodiles and giant tortoises, at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes nature reserve
• Admire the rugged scenery of big, powerful waves crashing on the cliffs at Gris Gris.


  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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 most important aspects of this experience, including the types of dolphins that you will encounter and their habits and guidelines for sustainable dolphin watching. 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 30 minutes

Stop At: Le Morne Brabant, Le Morne, Mauritius 742CU001

After swimming with wild dolphins, your driver will take you to discover one of the most photographed sceneries of Mauritius: Macondé. This picturesque viewpoint is located in the south-west part of Mauritius, where the coastal road is built around a sharp curve along a cliff, giving it its dramatic and breathtaking appeal.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: La Vanille Nature Park, Riviere des Anguilles, Mauritius

Your driver will take you to visit La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes where you will discover beautiful palm and banana trees, giant bamboos, impressive animals, including 2,000 Nile Crocodiles and 1,000 giant tortoises. You will also visit their insectarium which boasts one of the best private collections in the world with 23,000 species.

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Gris Gris Beach, South Coast, Souillac, Mauritius

In the afternoon, you will discover more of the wild south while admiring the rugged scenery of big, powerful waves crashing on the cliffs at Gris Gris. A few metres away, you will see La Roche qui pleure, a natural rock formation that resembles a person crying when the waves hit it.

Duration: 1 hour

  • 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
  • Private transfer for your group to and from your hotel
  • Waiting time
  • Parking Fees

  • Entrance fees to La Vanille are Rs. 500 (12.5 Euros) for adults and Rs. 270 (7 Euros) for children
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Entry/Admission - La Vanille Nature Park
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
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 tour starts at 7:30am on the west coast of the island. Your exact pickup time will depend on where you are staying, but will typically be between 5:30am and 7am. Your exact pickup time will be sent to you 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 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 23 Feb 2016 -

Gizem Y

This tour is definitely recommended! The private tour car picks you up at your hotel early in the morning. First we went to Tamarin Bay and from there, took a speed boat of 10 people into the depths of Indian Ocean to chase dolphins. It was an incredible experience to see wild dolphins swim around you in their natural habitat! From there, we went to Crocodile Park, where we saw animals wandering about freely inside a park, which is not like any other animal parks. We saw tortoises in free environment, deers walking around guests. It is a must-see place in Mauritius. We also went to see Gris-Gris, rocks with amazing landscape and waves. It was a tiring day but definitely worth doing. This tour is so recommended!

Image - 11 Jul 2016 -


Sadly not 2.5 hours in the water with dolphins. the entire boat trip lasted under 2 hrs, with most of the time travelling. Lots of boats with you jumping in for 2 Min swim, then out, race ahead and repeated. +No snorkeling even thou had time. Rest of day was good, great driver and tortoise park was fun.

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