SUNDANCING WITH DOLPHINS
JOURNEYS TO SWIM WITH THE WILD DOLPHINS OF MOZAMBIQUE
There is something wonderfully exhilarating about swimming in a warm blue sea -
observing and interacting with dolphins that swim the oceans wild and free!!
Leave your cares behind and come play with us in the warm waters
and on the golden beaches of Ponta d'Oura, Mozambique.
||This wonderful pic of Diana swimming up close and comfy with the dolphins was taken by Angie Gullan of Dolphin Encountours - Dolphin Research Centre in Ponta d'Ouro, Mozambique during our Dolphin Awakenings retreat in March 2015.
I have been facilitating journeys and holistic retreats to Ponta d'Oura, Mozambique, just north of the SA border at Kosi Bay since 2002. I first swam with dolphins in Ponta d'Oura in 1996 for the filming of the documentary movie "Dancing with Dolphins" and then several times thereafter whilst I lived in the South African seaside village of Zinkwazi - a little piece of paradise on the KZN north coast.
At the time, my partner, Adrian McLeish and I, were running a company called "Dolphin Dreams". We worked closely with Sea World and other marine organisations. The connections with dolphins were numerous and incredible and inspired a great respect and love for these wise creatures of the sea. This also initiated the journeys to Mozambique to swim with wild dolphins and it always gives me great pleasure to take others to share this incredible experience with me. See "Stories" page and read the story of how this all came about - "What Inspired Me"
Diana K. - Sundancer
Please take note that we run the South African Booking Office for Dolphin Encountours Research Centre (based in Ponta d'Ouro, Mozambique). This is the original dolphin swim research centre that has been operating since 1994 under the careful guidance and control of Angie Gullan, who has pioneered for marine and environmental issues in Mozambique and dedicates a portion of her income to these initiatives. By supporting us, you are supporting the wellbeing of the fragile marine and eco system in Southern Mozambique in the area alongisde the Ponta Coast to Ponta Mamoli, which after 10 years of dedicated action through Angie Gullan and others, has been declared a National Marine Reserve.
We can handle all your private bookings for dolphin tours and general accommodation in Ponta d'Ouro, Mozambique and can create a package with stylish, comfy accommodation, catered or self-catered or camp-style options - whatever suits your needs - incorporating dolphin launches or other activities. Let us create for you a memorable and adventurous holiday.
Take a look at some of our accommodation options and activities here.
Call or email me for any info.
Important Note :
As of 01 June 2015, the new immigration law governing travelling with minors accross SA's borders has come into effect. Please read detailed info here.
If you plan to travel accross borders with children please make application right away as delays can be expected.
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Learning about the dolphins and marine life is an awesome experience. The adventure of
easing into their world creates an unforgettable future memory.
Tours for local and international travellers are run from Johannesburg, South Africa to Ponta d'Ouro, Mozambique, where we nurture our souls and if we are lucky, play with wild dolphins in warm tropical water.
For those living in other parts of South Africa, you have the option to fly to Durban or Richards Bay,
and then drive up to Mozambique.
From March 2015 "Dolphin Awakenings" retreat with Tiziana and Diana:
I am finally on my way home today and want to share this with you. With loads of uncertainties for my future days ahead, I am also spiritually strong and not worried because I've got a Higher Hand who will guide me along my journey!
I went into this retreat to seek some soul enrichment & rest. And then I found it the most blessed time with my God and His Greatness! With all His unique and special creations...the universe, the earth with all its elements, mankind and animal life! The Dolphin encounters and all the special souls I met, awakened that for me again. And it made my belief in God even stronger!
Walk the path with God and you will never be alone! And let Love, Compassion and Gratitude be the theme of your Life. I wish you all a blessed Life road ahead.
My soul had a good rest and a special 'refuel'. A big thank you to each and everyone of you!
Namaste and God bless!
Lots of love
~ Silvi (Namibia)
From April 2014 "Divine Energy" trip with Tiziana and Diana :
My highlight was to swim with the dolphins and the interaction that I had with them, being able to be surrounded by them, swimming with them and all the healing that took place. It was amazing to be able to look them straight in the eyes and thank them for the "Divine Energy" that I received. I just want to say thank you for an awesome trip.
There are no words to describe the emotions I felt with my very first encounter with the dolphins. All in all the entire trip has humbled me and taught me to accept people for who they are no matter how different they are. I have learnt to be patient in all that I do and trust that God and the angels are working behind the scenes to make sure that everything happens as it should. Thank you for this amazing experience.
TESTIMONIAL by Mandy Steward (May 2013)
With absolute gratitude having to isolate the highlights is very difficult :-
Was it the excitement of pushing the boat out, jumping on and then "the Dolphins"? ...
or was it that stunning fire dance on full moon night - wonderful indeed ....
Maybe swimming in those warm waters, soft sand and restful ambience... walking, exercising .... Wow!!
Thank you for all the hard work that has been put into the organising and arranging of the tour. Words cannot express my absolute love and gratitude for everything I was able to experience with everybody who was in my space.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
~ Mandy Steward
by Stella (Oct 2009)
Thanks so much for making it possible. I really needed that break, the sea therapy and the time alone, as well as the experiences with the dolphins and whales and meeting you. All very special - thank you.
by Astrid (Oct 2008)
"I'm listening to the new song of The Killers and I have this overwhelming feeling of freedom and love when we played with the dolphins. Could be the tune or the lyric 'Are we Human? Or are we dancer?' but something keeps taking me back to Mozambique every time I hear this song. And yes it sure feels like a dream, but the last week I have been busy putting all the pics together and I couldn't stop smiling for days. I got back to over 3000 emails and it took me 2 days to sift through them, when I got home I went straight to my pics and felt soo much better.
I am so happy that it was you that helped me realise my dream and not someone else. You made it that more special. And the group that you brought together were fabulous, I couldn't wish for any different. The camp was really beautiful and they do an AMAZING job in running the place! All the little personal touches made it feel more welcome, more comfortable and more special. Angie is truly a remarkable person, with the love she shows for the dolphins. I think we and man have a lot to learn from her. Actually, with the 2 of you together I could definitely feel a calming yet powerful presence. I take my hat off to the 2 of you for the work you do. I am sooo looking forward to the Reunion!!!! (hint...hint) I also want to show off the joyous little creatures we swam with :-)
From Connie ~
"The days spent gave me the opportunity to deepen my relationship with myself, with the divine, people and nature. The incredible sunrises, swimming with the dolphins, the bright stars at night brought me so much closer to nature - that peace - being able to reflect on so many things........ I opened to a greater sense and a deep inner knowing. The whole experience was so beautiful. I could really just be in the NOW."
From Heidi ~
To swim with dolphins has been an unbelievable privilege and I can't wait to do this again. A truly uplifting, healing, endearing and deeply spiritual experience, the magnitude of which only becomes apparent in retrospect. A very dedicated team of extraordinary people make this experience all the more commendable - I am a better and richer person for having had this encounter !!
From Gabriella - Dolphin Journey 2005
Arrived back in Jhb late last night, close to midnight with a smile on my face that has been there for days, actually weeks. Those of you who know I did the two Art of Living courses with the Rishi, will know that that is were my constant smile started and has now been carried through with such love and appreciation by my experience with the dolphins.
Not only that, but a beautiful message of trust has been absorbed by my being, and I have finally learned what it means to have faith in the Divine. I suppose on a level I had understood this idea of handing it over, but this trip really assisted in the process of just simply trusting, with no expectations and an open heart.
I had already decided I was going, even though it meant paying for the trip on my credit card, I had decided that it would just work out, considering I was going with as the masseuse, what could go wrong?
Well a couple of days passed and I had not even thought about again. Funny how easily I released a dream to swIm with dolphins that I had carried in my heart for SO MANY years. So the Divine got to work, some strings were Divinely pulled and several more circumstances arose, making it clear that I was to go. So filled with trust, I paid for the trip with my credit card and just rejoiced in the beauty of surrendering to the Divine.
The trip turned out to be the most Divine experience.
So a bit about the dolphins, now that you have heard of the beauty and miracles in my life, SO BLESSED and SO LOVED am I....
We had 3 dolphin encounters.... that is on each morning that we had a launch. We would push the boat into the early morning sea, looking for dolphins. The first encounter I had was with a female dolphin, or what they call a nursemaid, because these clever creatures share the responsibility of tending to the young. She swam right under me. Now remember you are swimming with snorkel, goggle and flippers. The experience you have takes place under the water where it is so still and serene. She, with 2 babies close to her on either side, came under me and started swimming in a spiral with me. Apparently they like doing that, then she stopped directly under and parallel to me, about a meter down, with the babies and she gave me some time to just connect and observe their magical and awesome presence. WOW! A bit more swimming around and they were gone. You will be amazed how fast they swim.
The next encounter was with a single female, which apparently is unusual. She actually swam with the whole group for quite some time. She started spiralling with me, this time real close. As we swirled, I remember been mesmerized by her beauty and her eyes which were closely looking into mine, swirling and swirling. She then swam off and I began singing bajans, through the snorkel and she was soon back, so sweet and loving and full of acknowledgement for me. This time she swam right under me and turned upside down so that our bellies faced each other - something they only do when they feel comfy with you. The connection was so strong and powerful, so awesome. Merging with this sacred being in the serenity of her waters was just splendid, so playful and magnificent.
The 3rd and last encounter was from the boat, as the water was very choppy and the dolphins were not very playful. Yet it turned out to be a real memorable experience. We kinda just followed them around for a while, and were given the opportunity to just observe these incredible creatures as they went about their day, gliding through the waves, a large group of them, in all sizes, following us. Then we followed them. It was here that I was given the chance to just tune into their energy, to hear their breathwork and to feel the energy of this group was just such a treat.
So now, I pray that this letter inspires you in every way,to know that everything really is possible, to trust and to really surrender and feel the presence of the Divine guiding you, so next time I go, which will be November, you will join me in being privileged to having encounters with these sacred creatures of the deep.
I wrap my loving arms around you…..
Thanx D....Big goddessa hugs in radiant dolphin spirals.