Location: Rio Negro, Amazonia, Brazil
Amazon Pink River Dolphin Snorkeling Adventure
Snorkeling with Pink River Dolphins and exploring the Amazon
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.
August 18-22 4 SPOTS AVAILABLE
$2,495 per person double occupancy
$2,945 per person single occupancy
June TBA 4 SPOTS AVAILABLE
$2,695 per person double occupancy
$3,145 per person single occupancy
Comfortable eco lodge on the bank of the Rio Negro.
Minimal snorkeling experience.
- 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.
- Personal snorkeling equipment.
- Flights to Manaus.
- Meals in Manaus.
- Alcohol and soft drinks.
PINK DOLPHIN TOUR ITINERARY
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!
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.
Settle into the lodge, prep cameras for the afternoon activities, and then enjoy a tranquil lunch overlooking the river.
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.
In the late afternoon, we will head into the river’s smaller tributaries in search of monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds.
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.
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.
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.
After dinner at the lodge, we will head out on a second night tour to look for owls, caimans and other nocturnal animals.
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.
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.