Swim with dolphins in Egypt

This is an ideal chance for families and eco-conscious animal lovers to swim with wild dolphins and turtles in the protected offshore reefs and marine reserves of the Red Sea.
Swim with dolphins swim with turtles in a protected reserve snorkel over an offshore reef optional activities: Bedouin tours, camels ride, day trip to Luxor, overnight desert safari
Price
£745 excluding flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Tailor made
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All Inclusive price includes 7 nights accommodation based on 2 people sharing, all meals, three dolphin boat swim trips, swimming with sea turtles and airport & boat transfers.
Child prices (under 12) from £475.
Children under 5 stay for just £85!
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Description of Swim with dolphins in Egypt

The southern Red sea, with its calm, aquamarine water, is one of the most special places in the world to encounter wild dolphins. Here in the offshore reef, we offer the opportunity to meet and swim with dolphins in Egypt all year round, and to have the amazing experience of snorkelling on the surface while the curious cetaceans swim below.
This Swim with Wild Dolphin holiday in Egypt includes 7 nights spent at our ecovillage all-inclusive resort, with day trips to see the dolphins in the Red Sea.

3 day trips to a remote coral reef and swim with dolphins in the Red Sea experiencing their behaviour at different times of the day and spending plenty of time with them.

Your holiday will also include a day snorkelling with turtles and dugong in a nearby bay.

The reef is a marine park and guests need to follow a strict code of conduct when entering the water with the dolphins.

Lunch is provided for each day trip. You’ll also have a friendly, local guide who has been with us for 15 years. He has a special dolphin “sense” and always seem to know when they will be close! Yours days on the boat also offer plenty of time to relax on the loungers and snorkel in the coral reefs.

Your accommodation and fully catered meals will be at the Eco-Village Resort, ideally located right by on the shore with a beautiful beach. You can relax on the beach, watch the sunset from the Bedouin tent bar or snorkel and swim in the colourful reefs.

As well as taking boat trips out to meet the dolphins, you can ride a camel through the desert, explore ancient Egyptian sites at Luxor, learn to scuba dive or head out shopping in the souks.

To suit your budget, we offer a range of accommodation options and full board with varied, buffet-style meals. You can book this trip on any dates, at any time of year – spring and autumn are the most popular seasons so book well in advance at these times.

Within the marine park reserve that we visit, there is a large pod of spinner dolphins – you can expect to swim with these. Bottlenose and common dolphins also live in this part of the reef, as do colourful reef fish and other marine life. We never initiate contact; our policy is to let the dolphins approach us on their own terms. In our years of experience in Egypt, we have found that the dolphins are playful and generally enjoy human contact; they love surfing the bow wave when the boat is moving, and meeting the swimmers when we are in the water. We tend to enjoy frequent meetings – these are beautiful and memorable experiences.

With its shallow beaches and warm, calm seas, this swimming with dolphins in Egypt holiday is ideal for families. The resort is also surrounded by a “house reef” full of colourful marine life – ideal for snorkelling during your free time.

Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Egypt, transfer from airport to the beachside Eco-Resort and welcome drinks and meal depending on time of day.
Day 2:Orientation day. You’ll receive a briefing on snorkelling around the resort, and can arrange extra excursions. On your fist or second day, you’ll take a trip out to a protected beach swim with sea turtles and dugong. Evenings can be spent relaxing on the beach in the Bedouin tent where they serve some great cocktails and Egyptian specialities
Day 3-7:Your holiday will comprise three full day excursions for swimming with dolphins in the Red Sea. Departing at around 9:30am, you’ll be transferred (40 mins) to the boat and return around 4pm. Lunch is included on the boat. When you’re not on the dolphin swimming trips, you can book excursions through our local guides, snorkel on the reef or relax at the resort. Other activities , if you have time can be booked such as camel riding, quad biking and even a full day round trip to Luxor to see the ancient temples
Day 8:You may be able to arrange an extra excursion to Marsa Alam town or the Old City of El Queseir on the way to the airport, depending on the time of your return flight.

Price information

£745 excluding flights
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All Inclusive price includes 7 nights accommodation based on 2 people sharing, all meals, three dolphin boat swim trips, swimming with sea turtles and airport & boat transfers.
Child prices (under 12) from £475.
Children under 5 stay for just £85!
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Red Sea
The reefs of the Red Sea teem with kaleidoscopic marine life, which in turn benefits from over 150 coral species. The water is amazingly clear and man...
Dolphin watching
Humans have long attributed divine qualities to these mysterious, marine mammals, who have been documented saving humans from drowning and sharks; as ...

Holiday information

Our top tip:
You may want to visit some of the unprotected reefs to swim with more dolphins - please don't. Tourist levels are too high at peak season and have contributed to a significant decline in dolphin numbers as well as adding to noticeably unnatural dolphin behaviour.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Ideal for families.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Swimming, snorkelling and boat trips.
Accomm:
Choice within an eco-village, including en-suite luxury chalets, dome tents and stone huts.
Included:
Accomm, 3 dolphin trips, snorkel practise session (equipment can be hired in-resort), experienced guide and all transfers.
Meals:
3 daily buffet meals, afternoon cake and soft/hot drinks.
LGBTQIA+
Our partners behind this holiday promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travellers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.

Reviews

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Reviewed on 16 Apr 2018 by

By far the most exciting part of this holiday were the trips to swim with the dolphins. So many dolphins came to the reef it was incredible. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2017 by

Swimming with the dolphins, I cannot describe how incredible this was. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2015 by

Fantastic. I've recommended it to several friends who've seen my photos and videos and are so jealous! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2015 by

I was lucky, I saw dolphins on all three visits to The Dolphin House and also saw a giant turtle. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2015 by

A fantastic way to spend xmas and new year. Would definitely recommend this, taking into account all previous comments. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Our local boat company, crew and guides have an environmentally responsible policy. They act to cause low impact on both the coral reef and the dolphins by educating the swimmers and divers. They have a special anchoring system which does not harm the reef and is a permanent fixture which a crew member has to swim underwater in order to secure the boat. They issue the guests with non plastic bottles which can be re-filled and re-used after being cleaned.

Also there are various conservation initiatives in the area such as at the resort we use, there is an ongoing study on sharks. Through education, "Shark School" and creating a protected marine reserve (HEPCA) the decreasing population of sharks seems to be making a recovery. We give our guests a lot of information with ideas of how they can contribute to the preservation of the reefs and the marine life. We also contribute a portion of the company profits to support this charity.

We have also started a campaign called "Tourists Against Trash" (TAT). Every guest is given a bag in which to collect some of the huge amounts of waste plastic littering the desert. They are asked to be very visible and this actually has already encouraged the local Egyptians involved in tourism to clean up the litter which had previously been ignored. They are keen to please the tourists and if the tourists appear to want the plastic bottles removed, they will comply. The tourists are informed of how a flood from the sea into the desert could pollute the ocean dramatically as the build up of plastic is huge.

We work closely with the Red Sea Rangers to ensure the preservation of the dolphins and abide by Marine Park Regulations as well as the International Dolphin Watch Code of Conduct. We are Approved IDW Dolphin Swim Operators and follow an ethical code of conduct, i.e. no touching.

People

We work only with Egyptian owned eco resorts and companies who employ local workers. By coming here, you help to provide employment for local people who have would otherwise not have the opportunity to earn good wages in work that allows them to follow their traditional employment on the sea.

Together we are involved with a dolphin research study. This is to monitor the behaviour of the dolphins by collecting data from studying their behaviour. We have arranged for marine biology students to work on this study, hosted by our boat company using photo ID, and documenting patterns of behaviour, especially with regards to the "moods" of the dolphins in order to ascertain the best times to enter the water that will not disturb their rest time. The intention is to use this data to provide a protocol for a low impact effect from the tourists who visit this off-shore reef.

There is a long term plan to create a "Dolphin School". The eco dive resort we work with conducted a similar study on another reef which has a lot of tourists. The dolphins were being negatively impacted, so after the study, a zoning protocol was implemented and the number of swimmers and boats in the area is controlled. We plan to provide important information about this other relatively undiscovered group of dolphins on another off-shore reef so they can also be protected if tourism increases.

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