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Dolphin Encounters, Ile aux Benitier & Crystal rock: Full-Day (Lunch & Transfer)

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Experience a day filled with adventure and wonder with the Dolphin Encounters, Ile aux Benitier & Crystal rock tour. Dive into the remarkable world of dolphins as you swim with these beautiful marine mammals in their natural surroundings. Then, snorkel at the crystal rock and be amazed by the stunning view of Le Morne Mountain. Indulge in a mouthwatering 3-course barbecue lunch on the Benitier Islet, prepared by talented chefs. Choose from a wide selection of unlimited beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as you enjoy your meal. After lunch, take the time to relax on the beach, explore the island, or discover the captivating lagoons and coral reefs. With a total duration of 7 to 8 hours, this full-day tour promises an unforgettable experience that combines adrenaline-pumping activities with moments of pure relaxation. Book now and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Mauritius.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 7 hours - 8 hours
  • Suitable for 2-15 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Swimming with dolphins in their natural surroundings
  • Snorkeling at Crystal Rock in the pure crystal lagoon
  • Savoring a delicious 3-course lunch on Benitier Islet
  • Relaxing and enjoying leisure time on the beach
  • Exploring the amazing lagoons and coral reefs around the island
  • Snorkeling at the Magnificent Crystal Rock
  • Services of a fully qualified guide and driver
  • Pick-up and drop-off at any accommodation in Mauritius
  • Dolphin Encounters at the South-West lagoon
  • Snorkeling equipments are provided
  • 3-course BBQ Lunch at Benitier Islet (Veg & Non-Veg) Note: Halal food
  • Private transportation in a fully air-conditioned vehicle
  • A wide selection of locally Unlimited (Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic) Drinks will be served during Lunch
  • Bottled water upon arrival
  • Gratuities (Optional)

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Introduction

Experience the breathtaking beauty and wonder of the ocean with the Dolphin Encounters, Ile aux Benitier & Crystal rock full-day tour. This extraordinary adventure offers a unique opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural surroundings, snorkel at the stunning Crystal Rock, and explore the picturesque Benitier Islet. From the moment you set foot on the boat, prepare to be captivated by the beauty of Mauritius and its marine life.

What to expect?

During this 7 to 8-hour tour, you can anticipate an immersive and thrilling experience. Swim with dolphins and come face to face with these powerful marine mammals in their natural habitat. Discover the crystal-clear waters and vibrant underwater world as you snorkel at the famous Crystal Rock. Indulge in a mouthwatering 3-course barbecue lunch on the picturesque Benitier Islet. After lunch, you'll have plenty of free time to relax, sunbathe on the pristine beach, or explore the incredible lagoons and coral reefs around the island.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and anyone who wants to create unforgettable memories in Mauritius. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, this experience is suitable for all ages and abilities. Join us and discover the wonders of the ocean, connect with nature, and make lifelong memories.

Why book this?

This tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural environment. It is a rare chance to witness the beauty and grace of these incredible creatures up close. The tour also includes snorkeling at the magnificent Crystal Rock, where you'll be mesmerized by the vibrant marine life. The delicious 3-course barbecue lunch on the Benitier Islet is a highlight of the experience, providing a chance to savor the flavors of Mauritius while surrounded by stunning natural beauty. With certified guides and a focus on animal welfare, you can have peace of mind knowing that this experience is both ethical and unforgettable.

Good to know

This tour has a total duration of 420 to 480 minutes, ensuring you have ample time to fully immerse yourself in the experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for your convenience. The tour provides unlimited beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, during the lunch period. Remember to bring your swimwear, sunscreen, and camera to capture the priceless moments. Please note that Corporate Social Responsibility is a priority, ensuring that no harm is caused to the dolphins or other marine animals during the snorkeling sessions.

Reviews

Customers who have taken this tour have expressed their awe and satisfaction with their experience. They highly recommend this tour, praising the opportunity to swim with dolphins, the beauty of Crystal Rock, and the delightful lunch on the Benitier Islet. The knowledgeable and friendly guides also receive praise for their expertise and dedication to animal welfare. Don't miss out on this incredible adventure that promises not only breathtaking natural beauty but also an educational and therapeutic experience.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Flic En Flac

Begin your 7 to 8 hours tour: Dolphin swimming, Crystal rock, Benitier islet & lunch with a complimentary hotel pick-up at your accommodation anywhere in Mauritius. You will meet and be greeted by our certified guide and after boarding to your comfortable vehicle, we will set off to flic en flac or tamarin, a village nestled in the west of Mauritius. Arriving there, you will board to your speed boat & start cruising to the open sea to see & swim with the dolphin. While cruising, our skipper and guide will explain to you how to approach these beautiful mammals and swimming rules to respect these lovely dolphins and their natural environment. Arriving at the spot, you will have the opportunity to swim with dolphins which is an incredibly moving experience which will bring you into contact with strikingly beautiful scenery, unspoiled landscapes, and wonderful animals. You’ll plunge into the remarkable world of these powerful marine mammals and come face to face with the dolphins.

Crystal Rock

After swimming with the dolphin, you'll be heading to the famous and natural Crystal rock. Over there, you will have the opportunity to snorkel in the pure crystal lagoon and take great pictures. The crystal rock is a beautiful natural phenomenon occurring in the southwest of the island in the lagoons of Le Morne. This subliminal rock formation sits just a couple of hundred meters away from the shore and offers a splendid view to anyone who lays their eyes on it.

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Ile aux Benitiers

After swimming, you'll be heading to Benitier islet to savor a 3-course lunch, The wonderful cooks will start preparing the lunch as soon as you will be on the island and within an hour you will be eating a delicious menu of Grilled Seafood and Fish, Chicken, Sausages, Garlic Bread, Salads, Dessert: Banana Flambe. You will have a wide selection of unlimited locally Drinks which will be available on the island during lunch time. After lunch, you can enjoy some relaxation time - have the leisure to tan on the beach, walk around the endless beach of the island or explore the amazing lagoons and coral reefs around the island. A unique experience of swimming activity with dolphins in their natural surroundings! We certainly focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and we make sure that no animal is harmed during snorkeling sessions. Swimming with dolphins offers a rewarding, educational, therapeutic, and amazing experience for everyone!

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Soham_R

The driver was really professional and even the skippers were fabulous, we have really enjoyed out trip and will definitely recommend it to our friends as well

Julia_C

This tour should be called harassing dolphins. There will be 2-3 dolphins and over 10 boats with 10-15 people each. The boat will drop you off as close to the dolphin as possible so you can chase after them. This tour will not provide fins because they “are not there to harass the dolphins.” Other than that, the island is lovely, the food is decent, and the boat driver is nice. I would still not recommend this tour, it’s a waste of time and it is animal abuse. The only reason the dolphins come to that area is because the boat drivers will give throw them some bread.

N6561VUamyb

We booked this excursion based on the photo above and the selling point of swimming with the dolphins and snorkeling. The dolphin encounter was the biggest let-down of any vacation I've ever been on. There were 7 or 9 speed boats that went to the same spot at the same time and were zig-zagging all around each other and occasionally the driver of the boat would signal for anyone interested to jump in the water, but there were boats criss-crossing the waters where all of the people were trying to swim! It was super dangerous! The water was completely opaque and we didn't see any dolphins whatsoever. The post mentions that the boat operator will give a talk about dolphins on the way over, but he didn't at all. He was aloof and a borderline unsafe driver. We participated in the dolphin farce for about 30 minutes then headed to the Crystal Rock, which was picturesque, but you just do a circle around it (all 7 - 9 boats at once) and proceed on to a "snorkeling spot." There were fish to see, but the other 10 people on our boat didn't participate, they just sat on the boat. So I felt rushed and didn't get to snorkel as much as I wanted. Then we proceeded to a beach for the "seafood barbecue." It was anything but! There were drinks in that there was crappy wine and beer in a cooler by your picnic table (with stumps for seats) and after a while someone brought over chicken, hot dogs, slaw, and overcooked white fish to eat. And that was it! I've never been so disappointed in an excursion in my life. You should find a private tour or something like that if you actually want to see dolphins.

Seonaid_F

A lovely morning seeing the dolphins and the beach for the bbq is beautiful!! Ashish the driver and the boys were wonderful!

Jelena K

The day started off good, our driver picked us up from out hotel on time and was very friendly and efficient! If you are not a morning person please note that the start time is NOT the pick up time and if your hotel is not located near the beach then you may have to wake up earlier. For us we has to wake up at 5am for a 6am pickup time from the east. We arrived at the location on time and our driver took us to some toilets before we got there which was super considerate! However when we got there, we spent a lot of time just stood about and we weren't really sure what we were supposed to do/who we were going with. There were a lot of other tourists as well who I assume were waiting for similar things but again no one looked like they knew where to go. Eventually our guides came and walked us to the boat we were going to be using for the trip. We had Vic and Zen (sorry if this is misspelled) who were super informative and really cared about our experience. I have to say their energy and commitment really made this trip worth it and I'm very glad we had them! First they explained that we would need to look for the dolphins to swim and we ended up finding some where a lot of the other boats were. These are wild dolphins and the reason why the excursion is so early is because that is the only time they will be close to the shore. It was a bit difficult to swim with the dolphins because they would often submerge themselves in the sea to get away from all the boats, so you'd have to time it really well to swim with them. I was somewhat lucky and got to see them swim under me but they weren't very close. You can request a life jacket if you're not a strong swimmer. My mum didn't even get a chance to swim 'with' them because as she got in the water they'd be gone. After a few attempts our guides asked us if we wanted to move on (again really lovely people) and our group agreed that it would be best to start the next activity. Something to be mindful of when you're in the water is where your boat is! I lost my bearings and was swimming in the opposite direction but luckily my mum called out to me. I don't think I wouldve been left stranded in the water as there are so many boats around and someone would've helped but still a bit of a scary situation. Our next activity was snorkelling in a lagoon area with lots of fish! They put some fish food in the water so you end up being surrounded by them which is quite cool! And the water is not to deep and not too shallow so you can really explore. After, we when you Crystal Rock which is a gorgeous coral which grows outside the water! I recommend wearing some goggles/snorkelling here because the water is shallow enough that you can stand up in it, however there are a lot of sea urchins and sea cucumbers so it's easier to avoid them if you can see them. Our last stop was the island which we spent a lot of time on. There are no toilets on the island so if you need to do your business, you either do it in the water or in the woody areas. Also because the boats they use are speed boats, again no toilets on there, so your only option is really when you are in the water. Where we were sat there were loads of flies which is quite off putting when you're eating but hey, that's nature. I'm not sure if it was just where we were sat or if other groups experienced it too but just something to note. There isn't a lot to do on the island except swim or buy items from some of the stalls they have. Quite good prices and lots of variety too! I guess my issue was the amount of time we spent on the island, because we had to wait almost an hour before we ate, and then after we ate we had an additional 2 hours. So a total of around 3 to 4 hours on there which isn't super entertaining when there's not much to do except sunbathe, shop or swim. For food we had a BBQ lunch which was delicious, accompanied by unlimited drinks. Again our guides were amazing, serving us our drinks and telling us about things you can do on the island. They always made sure we were feeling good and were having fun! I booked this trip for just me and my mum and we had it nearer the end of our holiday. That being said we had experienced some excursions in Mauritius before this so I think our opinion would be different if this had been the first excursion on our holiday.

SAMUEL_D

What an amazing experience. Everything was beautiful. Crystal rock is stunning. The food was excellent.

monikakL5823GW

Great speedboat and crew - a skilled driver and a superb guide. The lunch was delicious and truly food and drinks were unlimited. We saw the dolphins, but it was challenging because there were just a few of them and many boats. We would be happy to give a five star review, except for the fact that the taxi that was supposed to be included never picked us up after the trip. Together with two more couples we waited for 20 minutes and then asked another taxi to take us home; the phone number given as company contact didn't work and when we messaged them, we never received a reply.

Serban A

The food was awesome, the view of the mount was wonderful. The stuff really kindly we when over there for breakfast and lunch the same day

Rosaleen M

Fantastic speed boat trip to see the dolphins and lunch on the Island. Our driver Agi was amazing collecting us on time from our hotel and getting us home safely. All included in the tour.

Philippa_S

We loved swimming with the dolphins and the BBQ lunch afterwards. There were only 2 things that stopped us giving this experience 5 stars and that was that it was about an hour and a half too long and the water was a bit murky...which, of course, is not anything the tour operator could do about!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-28 14:12