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Whale Watching

The majestic creatures come closer to the shores for you to witness their greatness

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When whales devote themselves to their romantic activities, it’s a great time for tourists to see these majestic creatures up close among the beautiful landscapes of Mauritius.

Choose a day when waters are the calmest, rent a tour, and head to the deep seas to witness this unforgettable sight. There are quite a few different types of whales you can find around Mauritius— migrating humpbacks, dense-beaked whales, southern beaked whales, dwarf sperm whales, and the most famous, the sperm whale.

Humpback whales migrate to Mauritius to give birth to their calves from July to November. Sperm whales are permanent residents in Mauritius waters and they can be observed there all year round. These giants grow up to 18 m (60 feet) long and can weigh up to 50 tons. They also tend to swim in groups of 10 or more.

You have a solid chance to meet humpback and sperm whales in Mauritius. However, it still takes some luck, as there’s actually about a 60% chance that you’ll encounter them, and if you don’t, there’s usually no cash refund.

The best place to see whales near Mauritius is off the south-western coast of the island. Whale watching tours depart from Grande Riviere Noire. Small boats with capacity of up to 10 people usually depart from Tamarin village.

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