There are popular boat trips to see and swim with the spinner and bottlenose dolphin pods which hang out in Tamarin Bay. Typically, boats hang around until the dolphins pass, and passengers are encouraged to slide into the water with goggles, snorkel and flippers (usually provided) to catch a glimpse as the pod swims by, although you may see more by staying on the boat. An alternative way to mingle with the dolphins is by stand-up paddleboard.

Boats leave from Rivière Noire in the early morning, and can be booked through most hotels. Although sightings aren’t guaranteed, they are likely, but beware of overcrowding and illegal operators. Specialist operators typically take a speedboat around 7am, returning around 8.30am or see the dolphins as part of a catamaran cruise, continuing on to “Crystal Rock” for snorkelling and Île aux Bénitiers – Dolswim are particularly good. Some upmarket hotels in the area also offer dolphin-watching tours by private boat.

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