Dolphins and whales in Mauritius

Surrounded by the vast ocean, Mauritius is located in the southwest part of the Indian Ocean, offering all its holidaymakers a wonderful island experience in a tropical climate. Here you can immerse yourself in an exceptional outdoor experience with the incredible cetaceans such as the merry dolphins and the huge whales swimming on the island’s shores.


Swimming alongside lively dolphins in cobalt blue waters can be a very amusing experience in which you can enjoy a pleasant sensation of serenity, beauty and freedom at the same time. The island is a haven of peace for migrating dolphins, where they can rest and sleep before going fishing in the depths of the sea. You will probably see them around the west coast of Mauritius, precisely in Tamarin Bay or the Morne Peninsula. Enjoy the crystal-clear waters while diving and swimming with the remarkable dolphins. Don’t forget to bring a camera so you can take pictures.

Two types of dolphins can be observed in Mauritian waters: the spinners and the bottlenose dolphins. These two species do not like to share the same place and you will never see them together: if the spinners are there and the bottlenose arrive, they will leave the bay and head towards the high seas.

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Being one of the most common species, the bottlenose dolphin is known all over the world. It is also the largest of the different species of dolphins, with a weight of up to 650 kg and a length of up to 12 feet! Very soft and silent, they are the easiest to swim with and are known for their intelligence and willingness to approach humans.

In Mauritius, they live in groups of 2 to 15 members and can be seen early in the morning until 11:30. Sometimes, with a little luck, we can see them in the afternoon, swimming in the middle of our crystal lagoon, in waters of a depth of 1.5 meters.

The most playful dolphins, Spinners, live in large groups that can count up to 100 members. Much smaller than bottlenose dolphins, they can reach 80 kg and 8 feet. Famous for being very active, you will enjoy watching them play together because the morning is their festive time and training for calves that generally measure a foot long and weigh no more than 3 kg.

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Whale watching has become an increasingly demanding activity in Mauritius. Few operators offer this exclusive experience. Sometimes you can see whales swimming with dolphins or during big game fishing. It’s a real surprise to interact with these gigantic mammals.

If you visit Mauritius in winter, from July to November, you can plan your interaction with whales. Especially humpback whales, who go to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to give birth to their babies before the migration to the North.

Baleine Ile Maurice

Many ocean lovers dream of watching whales during their visit to Mauritius. These extraordinary animals, which cross the sea gracefully, make fun and exciting swirls in the water. A truly privileged moment for the tourists who attend this remarkable performance.

Travel is done on outboards and is not recommended for pregnant women and children under 7 years of age. The boat trip usually lasts 3 hours and starts from Tamarin bay. Don’t forget to bring your camera, and for this trip, zooms are the best.

Feel free to call the concierge of Marguery Exclusive Villas for any activity booking.