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Dolphin Encountours Research Center

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Village Square | Dolphin House, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
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Got to spend 10 minutes swimming with a pod of dolphins, including babies. Wonderful time, kids... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2018
ahunter197
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Johannesburg
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A note that on some days there is nothing to see

Staff were really Nice however there were no dolphins and no visibility to dive. If I am not... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2018
LindsCam
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South Africa
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Welcome to our world, a world filled with dolphins, whales and an underwater kingdom just waiting to be explored. We invite you to take the plunge, face your fears and experience something truly magical when coming face to face with the Dolphins of Ponta, were we experience the true essence of being wild and free!Operating within the Ponta Partial Marine Reserve, Dolphin offers boat based marine activities that includes volunteer programs, in-water encountours over multiple launches, holistic dolphin retreats and day visiter options.Our focuses is on observing dolphins in the wild whilst following the DolphinCare code of conduct allowing for dolphin friendly, non-intrusive viewing on the dolphins terms. Whales are seen regularly during season (jun to nov) whilst opportunistic sightings are had of other special species that include whale sharks, mantas and turtles (season and conditions dependent). Our programs have been created to ensure that a nurturing rather than needy approach is followed. No feeding, forcing or coaxing, just you and our dolfriends face to face in the big blue. An experience that often leaves us wondering ‘who is actually watching who’! The stuff dolphin dreams are made of! Senior crew on on-board consist of our dolphin surf skipper, a marine biologist and original founder Angie Gullan who has for almost 20 years been exploring the realms of conscious interaction between dolphin and human while dedicating her life to monitoring and befriending the population of wild indo-pacific bottlenose’s she met in the December of 94.Options are structured and are used as a data collection and educational platform that offer a special insight into the life of the wild dolphin through a program that resonates with sustainable and ethical marine mammal tourism whereby participants are actively contributing.Ponta do Ouro is situated on the southern most point of Mozambique and is easily accessible from the Kosi Bay Border or Maputo.
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Village Square | Dolphin House, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Got to spend 10 minutes swimming with a pod of dolphins, including babies. Wonderful time, kids won't forget it in a hurry!

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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Staff were really Nice however there were no dolphins and no visibility to dive. If I am not mistaken it is advertised as a 2 hour trip. We had a briefing about dolphins for about 30 minutes, went out in search of dolphins.. after nothing...More

Thank LindsCam
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angiepontadoouro, Owner at Dolphin Encountours Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

Dear LindsCam Thank you for your review, feedback and kind words about our crew. It is always disappointing for both participants AND crew when we are not able to locate our local dolphins. You are quite correct in saying that the trip is advertised at...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

What a fantastic activity! If you are venturing to Ponta do Ouro for a vacation you must include this experience on your itinerary. Angie and her team are super professional and start the morning off with a comprehensive briefing regarding the background to the operation,...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

What an eye opening experience, during the 30minute briefing period we learned so much about dolphins, it was insightful and educational, Angie is very passionate and it easily touches ones heart. We sadly didn't get to swim with them as the sea was a bit...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We booked a 2 and a half hour swim with the dolphin and snorkel trip. Lady over charge on the bank machine. The whole trip and video took 1hour and 55 min. Total of time spend in water was 13 minutes.More

Thank Yvonne L
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angiepontadoouro, Manager at Dolphin Encountours Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Thank you for your feedback. I would like to make sure that you swam with us as we do not show videos for our briefings, we brief in person. Our 2,5hr dolphin encountour includes 30-40 pre-launch briefing, safety talk and kit up. The rest of...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Oh wow!! What an experience! The boat journey was so exciting, even though I was petrified, Angie and her staff put you at ease very quickly. We had two days of swims and each day we got to see the Dolphins and swim with them...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

What an amazing experience! We were definitely meant to go on the boat with Angie & Mitch! I was sooooo VERY scared that I was actually shaking as the ocean is not a place where I want to be on especially on a small boat,...More

Thank Chere B
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Had a package with three launches with Angie and her professional team. Their snorkelling preps and pre-launch briefings are extremely good. Responsible interaction with the dolphins, whales and sealife is Angie's approach - they interact with you, not the other way round. The first launch...More

Thank GaryvE
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Angie, Mitch and Dallas are amazing. We had the most incredible encounters and Angie is so passionate about the welfare of the dolphins. Her ethics and integrity are superb. Thank you

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Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Went ou at 10h00 a bad time in bad conditions no viz. Saw nothing did not appreciate Angies remark on 'well this is the silly season to many boats to many operators'More

Thank 922jaapw
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angiepontadoouro, Owner at Dolphin Encountours Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

Thank you for your feedback. Rough seas and poor visibility makes the tour unpleasant and reduces the likely hood of seeing dolphins. As a general rule we do not launch in poor sea state and do not guarantee wild dolphin sightings. This is clearly stipulated...More

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Dolphin greetings... Thank you for the message. Yes we are open all year through, however pre-booking is required. Please pop me a mail for more info. For the Love of Dolphins Angie
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