Swim with dolphins on Ponta Mamoli Holiday


Mozambique is a great destination for wildlife fans and adventure enthusiasts as it offers plenty of opportunities to get close to nature in an exhilarating way. If you book a Ponta Mamoli holiday, one thing you can enjoy is a swim with dolphins – something you’re sure to remember forever.

Situated on the east coast of Mozambique, Ponta Mamoli offers white beaches, luxury resorts and a lush forest interior.


It is also popular among holidaymakers for its fantastic marine life, and visiting the area allows people to experience Mozambique’s exquisite sea animals. Its beautifully colourful reefs are home to some fantastic creatures, including frogfish, snappers, unicorns, big eyes, fusiliers, giant anglerfish and many others.

You’ll also come across vast pods of dolphins that come to Ponta Mamoli at various times of the year.

Holidaymakers will find a variety of tours available to swim with the dolphins, where they can jump off the boat and snorkel right next to these beautiful, majestic mammals.

Tours are available from January to July, and September to December, and swimming with dolphins is among the most popular activities for visitors to the African country.

When in the area, it is worth going scuba diving over the hard and soft corals here. Alternatively, as the reefs are teeming with exotic, brightly-coloured creatures, snorkelling can be just as good.

Ponta Mamoli is also a great location for whale watching if you visit between July and November, while you have the chance to spot whale sharks here all year round.

Swim with the Dolphins in Mozambique

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If you have tried swimming with the dolphins in Mozambique, then you will know that it is an extremely rewarding and spiritual experience! But we also need to look at the experience from the dolphin’s perspective. While it is the Bottlenose Dolphins which come in shore to meet people, you can also view the delightful Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphin and the energetic smaller Spinner dolphin.

It is good to know that they are very intelligent beings who are not shy of people, and people feel great awe when swimming with them.  They live in warm waters worldwide and in Mozambique’s Ponto do Ouro and Quirimbas Archipelago regions they are seen all year round.  Contact one of our consultants to organise your dolphin swim today!

Mozambique is the ideal holiday destination where you can enjoy guided dolphin swims in warm bays and clear blue sea. In the south at Ponta do Ouro and in the north at Ibo Island, qualified guides will join you to sense the needs of the dolphins and to lead your group into the dolphin pod – but only if the dolphins are agreeable.

If the dolphins want to swim with you, they swim up to you and around you in a playful, circular motion. All you need to do is relax, float, feel their energy, enjoy! If the dolphins seem to want to avoid your group, they will go off to feed and you will have to leave them alone. No one is allowed to try to touch these protected marine animals.

Being in their underwater world for a few minutes can change your life. You may be able to hear the dolphin’s sonar frequencies and it is said that this energy can alter your cellular structures to encourage a real sense of  happiness.

All wild dolphin swim programmes in Mozambique are regulated by a responsible Code of Conduct and in Ponto, the Dolphin Centre crew follow Responsible Marine Mammal Tourism. At Ibo Island Lodge, the Dive Quirimbas activity centre is very proud to be an Ethical Marine Mammal Campaigner in Mozambique which supports the Dolphincare code of conduct.

Divers in the Quirimbas usually come across the dolphins in shallow tropical waters where they can be easily seen swimming along the sandy bottoms. Whatever happens, you will never forget the time you spend below the surface of the water with these special creatures.

Please note that Dolphin in-water observations are not guaranteed due the nature of the dolphins. So combine your swim with the dolphins with a snorkelling experience to see myriad fish in all their glorious colours, and a guided walk into the mangroves to see unforgettable biodiversity.

Mozambique Dolphin safaris


Be counted amongst the privileged few when you go on a Mozambique Dolphin Safari. Discover unadulterated pleasure when you swim with these amazing aquatic mammals. If you are lucky enough to find these inquisitive animals in the mood for play, then you are destined for one of the most fantastic time of your life, if not, you will have to just stand on the sidelines and watch them feed.

Stay at Ibo Island Lodge for a couple of days to enjoy this spectacular encounter. Thanks to the Dive Quirimbas activity centre, visitors can enjoy unique dhow island hopping safaris that can include dolphin encounters, depending on the weather and the occurrence of these social creatures when you are there.


You don’t have to be an expert diver to interact with these friendly dolphins. You can tailor-make your dhow safari into your superlative adventure, and experience a Dhow-Dolphin Safari over 3 days. Your dhow-dolphin safari entails sailing off to uninhabited islands under the expert eye of a guide and local crew. You will snorkel off deserted white sandbanks into clear blue seas and then camp overnight on secluded Quirimbas shorelines and tucking into fresh seafood on the fire.

Other islands and lodges also offer visitors a chance to encounter dolphins almost cheek to cheek in the Quirimbas and at Ponto do Ouro. See these friendly creatures as part of your dive excursion on Matemo Island. Pemba Dive and Bush Camp on the mainland also offer brilliant snorkelling trips with the 4 dolphins species which cruise this Mozambique coast.

The Dolphin Encounters have for many years guided their visitors to swim cautiously and passionately with dolphins to better understand them and ensure their ongoing protection. These forerunners of dolphin swims provide ethical marine encounters according to strict codes of practice.

In Mozambique, the intelligent Bottlenose Dolphins are the most common, often coming into the warm bays to play. Book your Mozambique Accommodation and add on a dolphin safari with Mozambique Travel and be part of this strict supervision dolphin encounter!