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Swim with dolphin
La Preneuse beach
Swim With Dolphin
It is a unique dolphins activity done on a speed boat.
Explore the spectacular lives of these magnificent marine mammals in their natural aquatic habitat. Immerse yourself in the adventure of a lifetime and swim with dolphins in crystal clear waters.
Swim with dolphins is an incredibly moving experience which will bring you into contact with strikingly beautiful scenery, unspoiled landscapes and wonderful animals
You’ll plunge into the remarkable world of these powerful marine mammals and come face to face with the dolphins
Unlike many other dolphin facilities that limit a swim with dolphins program to pools or shallow water encounters, we provide the unique opportunity to enter the dolphins’ natural environment and enjoy an encounter with the dolphins in open sea.
Tamarin Beach is located near the coastal village of Tamarin, in the western part of Mauritius. This is one of the many beautiful beaches of Mauritius situated in the district of Black River. Tamarin Beach, Tamarin Bay Beach, or even Surfer Beach, as some would call it, is perhaps not as popular as it once was. A big surfing spot in the 70’s and 80’s, the beach today is mostly used by tourists from the nearby Tamarin Hotel, or the self catering crowd lucky enough to find a bungalow or villa for rent in Tamarin village.
The beach is somewhat unique with its black sand, wide stretches and roaring waves rolling in from open waters. Tamarin Bay is not protected by the coral reef, and as such, the beach enjoys a bit more lively waters than the neighboring La Preneuse Beach for example.
Although many locals, long term expatriates and visitors alike will tell you that Tamarin Beach is not “what it once was”, the beach itself still has a lot going for it. There is plenty of room for everyone, and considering the size of the beach, there are few tourists here, compared to the neighboring Flic en Flac beach for example.
There is a good selection of eateries in the neighborhood, and due to the lack of hotel accommodations, the beach is not particularly affected by tourism.
Until recently, the beach itself was also not sign posted from the main road, which has had the effect that many tourists simply passed straight through Tamarin without ever discovering it. Perhaps this is one explanation for its mellow vibe over the past years.
This is undoubtedly set to change though, with a new Government effort to guide future visitors to the public beaches instead of the residential ones. As of 2011, small white and brown road signs are popping up by the coastal roads all around the island, effectively directing traffic towards the public beaches.
Property prices have soared in Tamarin over the last years, and the advent of the luxury gated community of Tamarina Golf Club & Spa has attracted more wealth to the neighborhood.
The selection of self catering properties near Tamarin Bay is very limited, and as a consequence of the above, both the standard and the rates around Tamarin and Tamarin Beach tend to be in the more upmarket range.
If you visit only a few selected beaches in Mauritius, Tamarin Beach should definitely be on your list. Not because it’s the best beach on the island, or the most beautiful, or the longest, and definitely not because it’s has the whitest sand, because it really doesn’t. Tamarin Beach should be on your list because it’s very different from the other beaches that you will discover in Mauritius. As simple as that.
La Preneuse Beach
La Preneuse Beach is situated in the small village of La Preneuse, in the west part of Mauritius This is one of the many beaches of Mauritius located in the Black River district. Home to one of the most well preserved Martello Towers on the island, La Preneuse Beach is a popular destination for the historically inclined.
With only a couple of small boutique hotels along a 2 kilometer stretch, this beach also offers a quiet and relaxing experience.
The Martello Tower is indeed worth a visit, and while you’re at it, you might as well sample some local Mauritian snack food at the nearby snack stand, usually open when the owner is not too tired.
The beach itself is popular with the locals, and although Sundays can be busy, most other days of the week, the beach is very quiet.
Apart from a few rocky areas to the north, it is possible to walk on sandy beaches pretty much all the way to Tamarin Bay, if one would want to. Along the way you can sneek a peek into the lush gardens and marvel at the luxury mansions lining the coast. La Preneuse and Tamarin are longstanding members of the small club of Black River villages enjoying some of the highest property prices in Mauritius.
La Preneuse is a good base for dolphin watching, and there are usually skippers around to take you out on a trip against a small fee. Both Spinner dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins are frequently seen off of the coast in large numbers.
For good snorkelling spots, head away from the main beach and walk either north towards Tamarin, or south towards Grande Rivière Noire, where you will find colorful tropical fish in abundance.
A word of advice: Both Tamarin and neighbouring Grande Rivière Noire coastlines are not protected by the coral reef, and currents can be very strong here if you head out too far.
West Coast Tours Option 1
Cost: From €75
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Type: Specific Tour
Group Size: 4 people
Languages: English, Francais
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