The Dolphins and Volcanic Wonders Tour is a full-day excursion, including transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with a friendly guide. You will swim with wild dolphins in their natural environment in the morning after you are going to discover beautiful coral and tropical fish while snorkeling near the reef. Also, enjoy the stunning views from the top of Trou aux Cerfs dormant volcano and visit the Grand Bassin crater lake. Get a glimpse of the Hindu culture you can admire the breathtaking Black River Gorges and the famous Alexandra Falls as well as discover the geographic wonder known as Chamarel, the 7-colored earth site and soak in the beauty of the Chamarel Falls.
Swimming with Wild Dolphins
Start your day with the experience of a lifetime swimming with wild dolphins in their natural environment! Once you board the boat, the skipper will brief you on the types of dolphins that you will encounter and their habits, and guidelines for a sustainable dolphin encounter.
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 snorkeling and diving site with beautiful coral and tropical fish.
Trou aux Cerfs Dormant Volcano
Admire 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.
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.
Black River Gorges and the Alexandra Falls
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!
Chamarel 7-Coloured Earth / Natural Geographic Wonder and Waterfall
Visit the popular Chamarel, the colored earth site, where in addition to the geological wonders of the seven colored 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!