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Dolphin Encountours Research Center

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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
About Dolphin Encountours Research Center
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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krugerandmore wrote a review Feb. 2022
Nelspruit, South Africa329 contributions72 helpful votes
Wow what a wonderful morning. We went out just the two of ,plus one of their volunteers. We had no expectations , that might be the secret!. What we saw we would be happy with. The crew were professional and accommodating. Thanks .They even changed the launch time for us to 6am. A dream come true we swam with about 14 dolphins that morning. Learnt a lot. Thanks guys what more can we say. Thanks a million . Crazy Dave
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Date of experience: February 2022
Marion S wrote a review Sep. 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1563 contributions51 helpful votes
A bucket list experience. Nobody should leave Mozambique without visiting Angie at Dolphin encounters . She had her first encounter with the dolphins in December 1994. She then went on to start Dolphin encounters in 1996. There are about 250 bottle nose dolphins in the reserve. We got to meet Elvis who is approximately 16 years old. Skipper Mitchel Niemeyer does a fantastic job. The sea tours last approximately 2 hours. We were also spoilt in that we got to see the whales up close. No touching of the dolphins is allowed but they come up close as they are naturally inquisitive. Angie provides an educational before setting out to sea, it’s really informative. Highly recommend this experience Photos taken by Dolphin Encounters as we of course can’t take our phones in the water
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Date of experience: September 2021
Meindert wrote a review Apr. 2021
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands5 contributions2 helpful votes
Absolutely lifetime and educational experience! We’ve seen so many curious dolphins around us. Amazing!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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aaqtansisi wrote a review Jan. 2020
GRAAFF-REINET, EASTERN CAPE7 contributions1 helpful vote
Our visit to PONTA DO OURO has always been unforgettable!; with safe, pristine beaches, & long beach walks at our doorstep! The highlight of our trip was the most awesome dolphin swim; mastered by DOLPHIN ENCOUNTERS RESEARCH CENTRE; ANGE GULLUN.
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Date of experience: April 2019
MAXIMVS M wrote a review Jan. 2020
224 contributions63 helpful votes
Had wanted to take my kids with Angie and Mitch for a long time. It finally happened and it all went 100%. Very professional operation. Awesome boat and great team. Definitely recommended.
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Date of experience: January 2020