Catamaran Cruise - See Dolphins + Visit Benitiers Island
|Operating Days||All Days|
|Duration||6 hrs 30 mins|
|Activity Time||09:00 - 15:30|
|Transportation||Offered as Supplement|
Enjoy a Full day catamaran cruise to see Dolphins on the west coast of Mauritius including a visit to Crystal rock and Benitiers Island.
The cruise is done on a great 40 feet catamaran along the South West coast of Mauritius which is considered one of the most beautiful area, and a must place to see when visiting Mauritius – it is a place of unique wildness and tranquility.
As part of this cruise tour you will discover the dolphins of Tamarin bay, visit the famous Crystal rock which stands out in the middle of the lagoon, and stay on Benitiers Island for relaxation on its beautiful sandy beaches.
The cruise itself starts at 09:00 am. You will have a short pre departure briefing by the boat’s captain.
Then the catamaran will depart heading to Tamarin Bay area where you can encounter dolphins in their natural habitat. This is a unique chance to explore the spectacular lives of these magnificent marine mammals in their aquatic habitat.
From Tamarin bay the cruise will continue along the coral reefs to the lagoon of La Preneuse. During the cruise, the catamaran will stop for breaks in some key locations, where you can enjoy a swim and some snorkeling in the sea, or enjoy the sun and drinks on board the catamaran. Snorkeling is a great way to have a glimpse into the mesmerizing marine life and the underwater world of Mauritius.
Then the catamaran will head to the beautiful Island of Benitiers. Before arriving to the Island you will visit the famous Crystal Rock and will have a spectacular view of the Rempart Mountain, the Black River mountain range, and of the magnificent Le Morne Mountain.
You will have a delicious BBQ lunch buffet on the catamaran. The menu includes fresh fish, chicken, chicken sausages, rice, pasta salad, a variety of fresh salads and a dessert.
Enjoy some relaxation time - have the leisure to tan on the beach, walk along the endless beaches of Benitiers Island or explore the amazing lagoons and coral reefs which are in close proximity to the beach.
During the cruise the crew members will make your time enjoyable, they will tell you about local folklore, and play local Mauritian music which will lift the spirits of everyone on board.
Following the visit to Benitiers Island the catamaran will cruise back to Tamarin. Expected arrival time to Tamarin is 15:30 pm.
Please note that if the catamaran cruises off the projected itinerary to ensure that you see dolphins, then the visit to Benitiers Island and Crystal Rock will not be possible.
- This cruise is very popular, so please make sure to book this activity enough time in advance
- This trip is done on a 40 feet catamaran
- Note: In the event that the catamaran cruises off the projected itinerary to see dolphins, the visit to Benitiers Island and Crystal Rock will be skipped.
- What to bring: We suggest bringing hats, t-shirts and sun block cream for sun protection, cameras, swimsuits
A little information about Dolphins in Mauritius
Dolphins are perhaps the most fantastic of all the creatures that live in the ocean. The dolphins, cheerful and playful are symbol of intelligence and grace.
In Mauritius, the dolphins live in pods of about 20 individuals or more and can be observed swimming from Tamarin Bay (on the west coast of Mauritius), on their way to the deep sea off the coast of the Le Morne peninsula.
The most common dolphins in Mauritius are the Bottlenose Dolphin and the Spinner Dolphin.
The Bottlenose Dolphin and the Spinner Dolphin have chosen the West Coast of Mauritius their place for rest and sleep before heading for the deep sea for their fishing.
The Bottlenose Dolphin is one of the most common and well-known dolphins. Bottlenose Dolphins are grey in color and measure between 2 to 4 meters (6.6 and 13 ft) long, and weigh between 150 and 650 kilograms (330 and 1,400 lb). Bottlenose Dolphins live in groups called pods that typically number about 15 dolphins, but group size varies from solitary bottlenose dolphin up to groups of over 100 or even occasionally over 1000 dolphins. Their diet consists mainly of small fish.
The Spinner Dolphin is dark grey, with darker patches in the tail stock, back and throat. Usually it has creamy-white patch on the belly though this varies considerably. The beak is distinctively long and thin, with a dark tip. The fins too are lengthy for dolphins of this size. Adults vary in size from 120 cm to 235 cm and weight from 23 kg to 78 kg. Individuals reach maturity at 4-7 years (females) and 7-10 years (males). The Spinner Dolphins congregate in groups that vary from just a few dolphins to great schools numbering thousands.
- Price per adult: 55 Euro
- Price per child (ages 3-11): 39 Euro
- Price per baby (ages 0-2): Free of charge