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Snorkeling, Speedboat Tour & Dolphin Watching with Adrien’s dream
Who has not dreamed of swimming with dolphins? I have most definitely! However, I am not a fan of these parks where dolphins are being held in captivity. Even better that with Adrien’s dream in Flic en Flac, one can observe the dolphins in their natural habitat and can even swim with them.
As we stayed in the north in the beautiful Hotel Angsana Balaclava, our day started early in the morning at 6 when a driver from Solis, our travel agency in Mauritius, picked us up. On the way to Flic en Flac we were able to enjoy the delicious brunch that the hotel packed for us. Thanks again to Kiran!
To get up at 5.30 when you are on holiday is inhumane, but the beautiful sunrise totally made up for it. The earlier you get started, the better your chance of seeing dolphins. The trip to Flic en Flac takes about forty five minutes. As you have to drive through Port Louis, where there always is a lot of traffic, it may take a little longer.
Tour: The Dolphin Expedition (2 hours)
The tour to the dolphins started at 7. The meeting place is the Fish Landing Station of Flic en Flac, the beach between Klondike and Villa Caroline Hotel. From there we went out into the ocean with our cheerful guides.
They send a few scouts boats out beforehand, that then tell the guides exactly where the dolphins are. In the mornings you will find the dolphins mostly in Point Moyenne, Tamarin Bay or Black River Bay. From there they swim out to sea. So off we went in search of the dolphins.
All of a sudden, there they were: a group of about 70 smaller dolphins. What an amazing experience to be so close to these wonderful mammals.
And then we had to get into the water…
We had to jump off the boat into the water and swim with the dolphins. Easier said than done! To get into the water is still ok. But where are the dolphins? Luckily, Stefano, a really great guide, was with us. He swam towards us, took me on the one and another man on the other hand and simply pulled us with him. Suddenly we were at least three times as fast. Stefano swam like a dolphin. And then we were right in the middle of the dolphins. They swam under and around us. What a great and exciting feeling!
Then we went back to the boat. The boat overtook the dolphins and we jumped back into the water in front of them.
Guide Stefano took this picture with my camera on a dive with the dolphins. Merci!
At the end of the tour we were served a light breakfast as refreshment on the boat.
After the 2 hour dolphin tour we changed boats. Next, we went by speedboat to Le Mourne and Crystal Rock.
Tour: The Crystal Dream (6-hours with BBQ Lunch)
Crystal Rock or “The Eiffel Tower of Mauritius” according to our guide
Here we took a break and did some wonderful snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. Once again, Stefano was worth his weight in gold and showed us all the best spots.
At the end of the journey, we arrived at Benitier Island, a small, lonely, wild, romantic island off the west coast of Mauritius, where the guides prepared a mouthwatering meal.
BBQ: Marinated chicken skewers, shrimp skewers, marinated sea bream fillet with garlic & herbs, sautéed rice, pawpaw salad, carrot & cabbage salad, garlic bread and for dessert: grilled banana with coconut flakes.
We had a great, eventful day and were driven back to the hotel exhausted, but happy.
The experienced and humorous guides from Adrien’s Dream were amazing! It was great fun. We can highly recommend the tours with these guys. Although you have to get up early, it is worth it!
The good news: Adrien’s Dream strictly adheres to the regulations of the Dolphin Watching Guideline from MMCS & MTA.