Alphonse Island is home year-round to a few pods of spinner dolphins. Share the thrill of meeting one of these dolphins in the wild and experience the unique bond and kinship they inspire in mankind.
Although they are quite shy, if spotted these dolphins are energetic and boisterous. During this trip you may also spot Manta Rays, Tuna and many other marine species.
If we find them in the right mood, the opportunity might even arise to get in the water and join them in the fun!
Reef flats expedition
The Road Less Travelled
Guests at Alphonse Island have the opportunity to explore the inside reef flats of the island with the island’s very knowledgeable and insightful marine biologist. Whilst the views of the unspoiled white sand and crystal clear waters might be distracting, try and keep your eyes peeled for juvenile turtles, eagle rays, eels and various other types of nature throughout this expedition.
Guests who want to get more involved will also have the opportunity to partake in an optional volunteer biodiversity survey and gather baseline data about all the species found deep in the seagrass meadows, under rocks and squeezed into crevices in the reef platform.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Get the (Up)Right Perspective
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fairly new sport that originated in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing and is rapidly gaining popularity around the world. The rider stands up on a longboard, much like one used in surfing, and uses a paddle to push themselves through the water. SUPing is a sport anyone with even a moderate fitness level can have a go at and probably master the basics within the hour. It’s a serene experience, allowing you to enjoy the sunshine and take in the views while getting a moderate workout. And for the more experienced riders, you can catch a few waves if there’s a swell running..
Paddling in Paradise
The activity centre offers a range of kayaks, allowing you to explore the island from a unique perspective, drifting along palm fringed beaches over crystal clear water. Our knowledgeable and helpful crew will be happy to point out some of the defining natural features that make Alphonse Island one of the most picturesque in the world. Be prepared to be joined by dolphins, inquisitive turtles and many other marine species while enjoying a leisurely paddle around the island. Kayaking along the water’s edge gives guests the opportunity to explore the magnificent bounty of turtles, rays, fish, and various other sea creatures which call Alphonse their home.
If you prefer a little guidance, take an island tour and get shown around by our nature experts. They will point out various seabirds and most likely you’ll spot fishermen’s delights like Bonefish, Permit and Triggerfish.
Shoot the Breeze
Whether you’re an expert or a complete beginner, windsurfing is an awesome sport that offers a lifetime of fun. With a bit of effort, most people can learn the basics during their first time on the water. Our boards are wide and stable so everyone gets their sea legs after some time on the water. If you already have a decent sense of balance and sailing, you’ll learn even quicker. A gentle breeze is all you need to get going. When it all comes together, it is incredibly rewarding and with an environment like Alphonse Island, there could be no better place to enjoy this exciting water sport.
Pedalo or Paddle Boating
Built for Two
The glass-like surface of the Indian Ocean lends itself to various fun activities, not least of which is exploring the lagoon by pedalo. Not only does this give you some one-on-one time with a partner of your choice, but it also allows for a unique view into the clear waters where one can spot various marine species. The funtoon also offers the perfect place to moor up and frolic in the saltwater swimming pool. Don’t forget to grab your snorkel gear to see what marine life resides beneath!