There is something to be said about the beauty of viewing the worlds most majestic sea creatures in their natural habitat. One could visit an aquarium to see sea life, but there is something magical and unforgettable about watching dolphins swim, play and interact in the waters that is their native environment. A dolphin cruise is a perfect tour to invest in if you want to get up close and personal with the sea life. These tours help to extend the life of the mammals through tour companies’ conservation efforts and will also provide you with a glimpse into the beauty, and peaceful nature of their natural habitats as this is most important ever to many people.
The Indian Ocean is home to many different dolphin species and may be the perfect destination for travellers hoping to include a dolphin cruise in their vacation. Many tourist hot spots around the Indian Ocean are home to species of dolphins that you cannot see anywhere else in the world, some of which are endangered or threatened.
Including a dolphin cruise on your vacation may be the last chance you will have to see some of these majestic creatures before they’re sadly extinct. Zanzibar, an island just off of Tanzania, offers tours that allow travellers to see the local pods of humpback and bottle nose dolphins.
Their tour also includes swimming with dolphins and snorkelling in the beautiful coral reefs surrounding the island. For folks travelling to Australia, Jervis Bay on the south coast of New South Wales is host to a pod of bottle nose dolphins throughout the entire year. Sometimes this pod will swell with common dolphins as they travel the coast, providing travellers with the the chance to see hundreds of these aquatic animals as they swim on past.
Mauritius, an island off of the coast of Africa, has no shortages of dolphin cruises available for visitors. Whether you want to swim with the dolphins or watch them from a catamaran, you’ll be able to view these beautiful sea animals in their natural habitat.
There are many different types of dolphins that you might encounter in the Indian Ocean. The Burrunan dolphin is a species that is found only around parts of Australia. It wasn’t even recognized as a species until 2011, so it is quite a new find. The Indo-Pacific bottle nose dolphin lives around India, parts of Australia and the eastern coast of Africa. They are smaller than the common bottle nose dolphin. The Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin is an endangered species found anywhere from South Africa to Western Indochina. The Australian humpback dolphin is typically located between northern Australia and southern New Guinea. Irrawaddy dolphins are a unique-looking species found near the coasts of New Guinea and the Philippines.
As you can see, no matter where in the Indian Ocean you are travelling, whether it be Africa, Australia or anywhere in between, there are some different dolphin cruises for you to embark on and dolphin species for you to see.