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Published February 5th 2014
A close encounter with the friendliest animal in the sea
Tired with the dull dolphin programs in the pool or shallow waters? Want to experience the thrill of swimming with the dolphins in their natural environment? Well, there is no better place than the western coast of Mauritius.
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Famous for its crystal clear waters, it is the ideal place for Bottlenose Dolphins and Spinnner Dolphins to rest and sleep before swimming back into the deep blue sea for fishing. They are mostly seen early in the morning, in small groups of twenty or they can sometimes be observed in large school of hundreds, depending on the weather conditions.
The excursion is specially done on a speed boat as the trip is quite long, almost about 5-6 hours. At first, you will meet the skipper at La Preneuse Beach, where your speed boat will be waiting to take you along the western coast to the south of the island.
During your trip, you will be able to admire the strikingly beautiful landscapes and unspoiled sceneries of the western coast of Mauritius.
As the boat will make its turn to the south of the island, you will notice a naturally carved out rock which stands supreme in contrast to the calm blue sea. It is known as 'The Diamond' or 'La Roche Crystal' and is popular among tourists and locals alike for diving.
You will also have the opportunity to see the Morne Brabant, which is found at the extreme south western tip of the island.
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The Morne Brabant is a classified UNESCO World Heritage Site. It gained its notoriety as a place where slaves leapt to their deaths from the rock, in the hope of escaping their masters during the 19th century.
Finally, somewhere near Baie Du Cap, depending on time and weather, you will find the dolphins in the beauty of their environment. Many of the speed boats provide free snorkeling equipment for you to have a safe swim with the dolphins.
The expedition will cost you as from 44 Euros per adult.