Whale watching is becoming a more and more demanding activity in Mauritius. Not many operators offer this experience exclusively. Sometimes you might see whales on a swim with dolphin trip or while enjoying big game fishing in Mauritius. It is a true surprise to interact with theses gigantic mammals.
If you’re visiting Mauritius during winter, from July to November, you can plan your interaction with whales. Especially Humpback whales, which travel to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to give birth to their babies before migration to the north.
Many ocean lovers dream of observing whales during their visit to Mauritius. These extraordinary animals, crossing the sea elegantly, make amusing and passing twirls in water as if they were dancing just few metres from the rare excursion boats. A truly privileged moment for tourists who assist this remarkable performance.
Whales are among the most noble, beautiful and impressive animals in the sea and on the planet, however, they are endangered as a direct result of past human activity. You can see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat in Mauritius, but some conditions must be met.
With the weather conditions in Mauritius, chances of seeing whales are always optimistic but the south-western region of the island is their favourite place.
Sperm whales can be observed all year round in Mauritius. They inhabit the warm waters surrounding the island and they are almost always travelling in groups of 10 to 20 sperm whales. On the other hand, July to November remains the most favourable moment to observe Humpback Whales.
They are the two most famous whale species you’ll encounter, but there are also several other species like the Dwarf Sperm Whale, the Blainville’s Beaked Whale, and the Gray’s Beaked Whale.
The trip is done on speedboats and is not recommended for pregnant women and children under the age of 7. The boat trip usually lasts for 3 hours and departs from the bay of Tamarin. Don’t forget to bring your camera, and for this trip, zoom lens are best.