Location: Rio Negro, Amazonia, Brazil

Amazon Pink River Dolphin Snorkeling Adventure

Snorkeling with Pink River Dolphins and exploring the Amazon

Snorkeling with Amazon pink river dolphins.

Join us in the Rio Negro in Amazonia; the best place in the world to come face to face with Pink River Dolphins underwater. Although visibility in the river is limited by tannin rich water flowing from the forests to the sea, pink dolphins are so friendly and playful that photographing them is as easy as it is rewarding.

Locally called Botos, pink dolphins live in the Rio Negro throughout the year, hunting by echo-location rather than vision. The largest male botos can weigh at 200kg but they are extremely gentle around snorkelers.

When not playing with pink dolphins, we will also take you on boat tours into the Rio Negro’s smaller tributaries in search of Tucuxi or grey river dolphins which often porpoise near the boat. On our river tours, you may also see a variety of Amazonian primates including capuchins, squirrel monkeys and howler monkeys, as well as three toed sloths, and many exotic birds.

In the evenings, we will return to the river yet again to seek out black and spectacled caimans, and other nocturnal reptiles and amphibians.

THE ENCOUNTER

Snorkeling with Pink Dolphins and searching for exotic birds, caimans, monkeys, and other wildlife in Amazonia
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2024

DATES
August 18-22 4 SPOTS AVAILABLE

PRICE (USD)

$2,495 per person double occupancy


$2,945 per person single occupancy

LEADER
Andy Murch

Snorkeling with Pink river dolphins on the Rio Negro.

2025

DATES
June 10-14 4 SPOTS AVAILABLE

PRICE (USD)

$2,695 per person double occupancy


$3,145 per person single occupancy

LEADER
Andy Murch

Amazon dolphin tour on the Rio Negro.

2026

DATES
TBA 4 SPOTS AVAILABLE

PRICE (USD)

$TBA per person double occupancy


$TBA per person single occupancy

LEADER
TBA

Pink river dolphin tour on the Rio Negro.

DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION
Comfortable eco lodge on the bank of the Rio Negro.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Minimal snorkeling experience.

START/FINISH LOCATION
Manaus, Brazil

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Daily snorkeling sessions with pink river dolphins
  • Two late afternoon boat tours to photograph terrestrial animals and birds.
  • Two evening boat tours to photograph caimans and other nocturnal animals.
  • Morning sunrise tour on the Rio Negro.
  • English and Portuguese speaking guide throughout the expedition.
  • Night One in the Ibis Hotel in Manaus.
  • Nights Two and Three at a comfortable eco-lodge on the Rio Negro.
  • Night Four at the Ibis Hotel in Manaus.
  • All meals while at the lodge.
  • Boat transfers between Manaus and the lodge.
  • Transfers from Manaus Airport to the Ibis Hotel.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Personal snorkeling equipment.
  • Flights to Manaus.
  • Meals in Manaus.
  • Alcohol and soft drinks.
Amazon wildlife. Squirrel monkeys on the Rio Negro.

PINK DOLPHIN TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive in the Amazon. Our driver will pick you up at Manaus Airport and bring you to the Ibis Hotel.
Meet your trip leader, relax, have dinner, and prepare for the adventure ahead!

Day 2
Buffet breakfast at the Ibis Hotel
Boat transfer along the Rio Negro to the lodge (approx 2hrs). On route, watch for Tucuxi dolphins and other river life.

Tucuxi River Dolphins in the Rio Negro.

Settle into the lodge, prep cameras for the afternoon activities, and then enjoy a tranquil lunch overlooking the river.

Eco Lodge on the Rio Negro.

After lunch, we will head along the Rio Negro to a floating platform where you will have your first chance to snorkel with pink river dolphins.

Amazon dolphin snorkel.

In the late afternoon, we will head into the river’s smaller tributaries in search of monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds.

Amazon wildlife tour.

A delicious buffet dinner will be served at the lodge as the sun sinks into the river.
After dinner, you are invited to grab your flashlight and camera and return to the river for a night cruise looking for  black and spectacled caimans and other nocturnal reptiles and amphibians.

Spectacled caiman in the Rio Negro.

Day 3
After waking up to breakfast overlooking the river, We will head along the Rio Negro for another session snorkeling with pink river dolphins. The interactions take place at a few different spots, including purpose built platforms and at natural beaches at the sides of the river. We will head wherever the largest pods of dolphins have been seen.

Snorkeling with pink dolphins in the Rio Negro near Manaus.

After lunch at the lodge, you will have time for an early afternoon siesta in your chalet, or if you’re feeling energetic, walk the grounds in search of Amazonian birds and lizards.
Later in the afternoon, we will return to the river to look for more monkeys and birds. Raptors such as black-collared hawks are extremely common in the trees that line the river.

Black collared hawk on the Rio Negro.

After dinner at the lodge, we will head out on a second night tour to look for owls, caimans and other nocturnal animals.

Amazon night tour owl photography.

Day 4
This morning we will head out just before dawn to watch the sun rise over the Rio Negro and to see the jungle slowly come to life.

Sunrise over the Rio Negro River.

After returning to the lodge for a final breakfast, we will head out one more time to snorkel with pink river dolphins. then  return to the lodge to shower and pick up luggage, then head down river, back to Manaus.
Final dinner at the Ibis Hotel.

Amazon pink river dolphin snorkeling.

Day 5
Breakfast, farewells, and depart Manaus.

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