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Code of Conduct for Mozambique

 

 

 

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www.dolphin-encountours.co.za

 

Email us at
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Call us on +258 84 330-3859

 

Since time immemorial dolphins have captivated the hearts of men and woman the world over. In Ponta do Ouro on the southern most shores of Moçambique, our hearts have been captivated too.  Join Africa’s longest running wild dolphin swim program for a purposeful holiday. Programs are scheduled throughout the year and cater for families, solitary seekers and holistic workshops!

 

Dolphin Encountours invites you to experience dolphins wild and free where you will have the opportunity of coming face to face with the Dolphins of Ponta, a population in southern Mozambique who have been swimming with africa’s wild dolphin swim pioneer Angie Gullan since the mid 90’s. Encountours have been featured extensively in print and media and offer an experience that can be profoundly life changing! Ethical Marine Mammal Tourism is followed to ensure the highest regard is had for the dolphins at all times.

dolphin enqounter, swimming with dolphins

A highly commended program that 99.9% guarantees that you will swim with the dolphins while actively contributing to their wellbeing!
Start days most Mondays and Thursdays.

SWIM WITH WILD DOLPHINS
Dolphin Encountours Research Center has been active in the area of dolphin eco-tourism since the mid 90's having pioneered in-water dolphin encounters in Mozambique with the aim of establishing a sustainable longterm monitoring project through the research and conservation arm of DolphinCare. An initiative that now sees some 300 dolphins identified in the area. 

Six months of the year we spend observing and collecting data on the majestic humpback whale migration.

 

Interns and Volunteers stays are available for students, sojourn seekers and anyone wanting to spend an extended time in the company of marine mammals.

 

Tours are accommodated at different venues in Ponta do Ouro, depending on guests requirements. 

Click here to see Dolphin Encounter Newsletter 2013

Jumping dolphin - dolphin whatching

Dolphin Encountours offers three to seven night dolphin encounters whereby one can connect with the resident Dolphins of Ponta through a structured, ethical and educational experience. Early mornings will find you on the water and thereafter the days are yours. Encountours include accommodation, brunches and potentially life changing experiences with wild dolphins.

 

The program is structured and guided by DolphinCareAfrica’s on-site biologist Diana, long term skipper Mitchel and program founder Angie. Programs include pre-training with snorkeling & swim code of conduct, interesting conservation & research presentations, tribe t-shirt, image downloads, membership to DCA & early morning encounters with the dolphins. A highly commended program that 99.9% guarantees that you will swim with the dolphins while actively contributing to their wellbeing! Start days most mondays and thursdays.

 

 

Angie has been swimming with a pod of wild inshore bottlenose dolphins that go by the scientific name of Tursiops aduncus for almost two decades! During the mid 90’s she was honored to be able to share the space of this gregarious species who welcomed her into their watery realm. Although that first encounter was brief, it triggered a response that what was soon to become a lifelong commitment to the well being of dolphins. 

 

Educational and ethical practice have been the foundation of encountours since its inception and participants gain a special insight into the realm of the wild dolphins of Ponta through an program that identifies dolphins as non-human persons. Bo, a now adult female introduced Angie to the concept of conscious interaction between dolphin and man in 1999.  Since then she has identified a number of dolfriends who choose to socially engage with participants. Bouts of circle swimming, direct approaches and trust allows us to observe the dolphins in the most intimate way. One on one in the big blue…..

 

Participants follow the DolphinCare in-water code of conduct that was formulated in collaboration

with the Natural History Museum in Maputo and other experts in the field. This creates a safe space for both human and dolphin to socially engage and limits the potential stress caused to the dolphins.

 

Educational and ethical practice have been the foundation of encountours since its inception and participants gain a special insight into the realm of the wild dolphins of Ponta through an program that identifies dolphins as non-human persons.

 

dolphin diving - under water dolphin
swimming with dolphins

Bo, a now adult female introduced Angie to the concept of conscious interaction between dolphin and man in 1999.  Since then she has identified a number of dolfriends who choose to socially engage with participants. Bouts of circle swimming, direct approaches and trust allows us to observe the dolphins in the most intimate way. One on one in the big blue…..

 

As part of our long term commitment to the wild dolphins, we have been active in promoting the sustainable growth of dolphin tourism in the area. The research and conservation arm DolphinCare.Org was established in 98 and has resulted in the consistent collecting of data for the natural history museum in maputo as well as the creation of a photographic fin id program were some 250 semi/resident bottlenose dolphins are recorded. The operations’s work has greatly contributed to the Partial Marine Protected Area that was proclaimed in 2009.

 

Encountours are structured and run over a minimum of three nights. Encountours are offered at different venues, each chosen for the unique atmosphere and attentive service.

swimmig with dolphin in mozambique

• Please be advised that Ponta abuzz with tourists during these dates.
Please attempt to come out of these dates OR book on an encountour to ensure early morning slots when our finned friends tend to be more sociable and sea state calmer.


• Try stay for longer as this gives us time in case the weather is not on our side.


• We offer a Special Tour Operators rate of 10% on encountours.


• Please note: The Dolphins of Ponta are wild population of dolphins and therefore there are no guarantees, however the likelihood of an in-water encounter is probable.


• Dolphin Encountours are governed by a specially formulated code of conduct that ensures the dolphins are not traumatized when in-water observations of them take place.

 

Founded in 1994, Encountours is the longest structured wild dolphin swim program that is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of ethical marine mammal tourism. Our project includes the long term monitoring & research of the Dolphins of Ponta

HIGH SEASON DATES

09 Dec to 12 Jan

18 March to 10 April

22 April to 02 May

14 to 20 June

24 June to 17 July

05 to 09 August

23 to 26 September

30 Sept - 09 October

snorkling with dolphin

VOLUNTEER WITH DOLPHINCARE.ORG

An extended stay with the dolphins while getting involved behind the scenes with various projects undertaken through DolphinCare. One can expect to have regular interactions with the wild dolphins of ponta throughout the month, assist with the photo id project amongst other research and conservation based activities. Programs include lodging, basic meals, field trips & supervision. Ideal sabbatical retreat,  gap year getaway, photographic & knowledge based holiday. Thirty days based in Ponta do Ouro, where you will be directly involved with the many research based activities undertaken by DolphinCareAfrica. This is the ideal sabbatical and getaway for those who would like to spend some soul time with the dolphins while learning about them! Please contact research@dolphincare.org to volunteer.

 

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A Victory for Dolphins and Whales within the Ponta Partial Marine Reserve Mozambique.

Angie Gullan
The long awaited management plan for the Reserve was approved and presented to operators on the 23rd November. DolphinCare is overjoyed to say that finally, with immediate effect, the southern most reaches of Mozambique now has regulations that protect these intelligent beings.

The use of jet skis are limited ONLY to those for fishing and all vessels are to stay 300mt from all marine mammals and whales sharks.
The amount of operators swimming and visiting the dolphins is being reduced to two for Ponta do Ouro and one for Malongane and Mamoli, with only one boat per operator. These few things alone will make it a far safer and less stressful environment for our friends.

Coupled with this was the confirmation that the area is still on the UNESCO nomination list for world heritage site status which is a huge environmental WIN that, when awarded will contradict the proposed Techobanine Port development.

We would like to give our heartfelt thanks and acknowledgment to the government of Mozambique, the Ponta Partial Marine Reserve and everyone else involved in making this happen. We know the dolphins will be very thankful.


HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

JETSKIS - Only fishing jet skis are permitted. These are classified as having full safety gear, capsize bottles, rod holders etc...

DOLPHINS, WHALES & WHALE SHARKS - Swimming is not permitted unless with a 'permitted' operator. Do not approach within 300mt.

TURTLES - Persons are not permitted to approach/disturb nesting turtles & hatchlings.

FISHING - The catching of bottom fish is not permitted. The catching of bill fish is not permitted unless on permit obtained PRIOR to the catch.

OTHER - The feeding of any marine life is prohibited.

Failure to comply with these regulations will result in fines.

wale whatching - diving wale

For the Love of Dolphins!
The Dolphin Team.

VOLUNTEER
Volunteering is a great way to give back and help us keep up with the work load. As one can imagine there are many jobs, ranging from mundane office work to exciting sea travel! Visiting volunteers are accommodated, fed and mentored on-site by the Dolphin Encountours Research Center and visiting interns. Our visiting volunteer program offers a unique opportunity for one to gain hands on experience with a focus on dolphins, whales and turtles in-season. For some it is a month long journey tuning into mother nature through both giving back and really diving in and for others it is used as platform to extend their knowledge on wild dolphins, their behaviour  the marine environment & ethical marine mammal tourism practice.  The project operates year-round with programs lasting two to four weeks. Longer volunteer stays can be arranged. We will generally start each four week program on the first Monday of every month, each holding a maximum of eight participants. Additional weeks can be arranged upon request.


Photos by courtesy of Angie Gullan of Dolphincare.org

 

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