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Swim with dolphins on a paradise island


White sandy beaches lined with swaying palm trees and casuarina trees give way to warm turquoise waters fringed with spectacular coral reef gardens. And in some of these waters, especially near Kizimkazi, dolphins play and you may get the opportunity to swim alongside them. Although we encourage you to do so in a 'dolphin' friendly manner (Note at bottom). 

Other attractions along this coast are the nearby Jozani Forest with its troops of resident Red Colobus monkeys, the "cursed" Miza Miza cave and the fishing villages of Kizimkazi and Jambiani. There are also several ruins dotted around the area due to its long and turbulent history. Of course you can always choose simply to relax on the beach and the beaches here are of the highest quality.

The vast majority of visitors to the South Coast are there for one thing only - Dolphin tours. The idea of swimming with a friendly pod of dolphins has fascinated thousands since Flipper. It is a magical experience, provided it is done right. If you are visiting the South Coast to have your own dolphin experience we encourage you to do it properly. In recent times these tours have become something of a farce, with skippers chasing dolphin pods and dumping their passengers in front of pods. Definitely an unsettling prospect for these sensitive creatures. 

If you do decide to go please try an adhere to sensible guidelines. Encourage your skipper not to chase pods and if you enter the water, do so away from the dolphins and let them approach you. Under no circumstances attempt to touch the dolphins.

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