Live as 3-Day Dolphin Protected Area Explorer

Mandalay, Myanmar

3 Day(s)
2 - 8 travelers
Booking notice
2 days
Standard price
RM 535.20

Htoo Wai
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Our Explorer 3-Day takes you on a journey through the entire Ayeyawaddy Dolphin Protected Area, providing best chances to see dolphins and explore river life along the Ayeyawaddy River. Local fishermen will teach you how to communicate dolphins and use a cast-net, and overnight stays at two different communities will give you the opportunity to take part in daily activities, such planting, cooking, pottery, traditional cigar making, or weaving. On the third day, you will take guided walk through the Sacred Forest and look for wildlife tracks including the Golden Deer. The tour starts and end in Mandalay, with a short an optional visit to Mingun Stupa on the final day. All meals are prepared by the communities.

Main activities:
Extra conditions:

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Day 1

07:30 AM

Pick up at your hotel by our guide.


Mandalay City Centre Hotels only. Please be ready at least 10 minutes before pick up time.

07:45 AM

Arrive at Mandalay Jetty and board the Living Irrawaddy Boat. Briefing on safety & itinerary.

08:00 AM

Boat departs Mandalay.

09:00 AM

Visit Sin Kyun Community and learn about bamboo hat making.

10:00 AM

Depart for Sein Pa Kone Community.

12:00 PM

12:00 Lunch in Sein Pa Kone. Introduction to dolphins presented by local fishermen.

01:30 PM

Depart for Myit Kyan Gyi Community. Look for dolphins along the way.

03:30 PM

Arrive in Myit Kyan Gyi. Guided walk around the village.

05:00 PM

Free time to swim/bathe, play rattan ball, enjoy the sunset or walk around the village.

06:30 PM

Dinner hosted by the community.

07:30 PM

Storytelling by village elders.

08:30 PM

Retire to the boat or tent.

Day 2

06:30 AM

Enjoy the sunrise. Look for dolphins located nearby with fishing boats.

08:00 AM

Breakfast on the Living Irrawaddy Boat.

09:00 AM

Learn how to throw a cast-net.

10:00 AM

Boat departs for the northern area of the Ayeyawaddy Dolphin Protected Area, surveying for dolphins along the way.

12:00 AM

Lunch in Sithe Community.

01:00 PM

Learn how to make a cheroot (local cigar).

02:30 PM

Look for dolphins near Sithe. Otherwise depart for Indown.

05:00 PM

Free time to walk around the village, swim/bathe, enjoy the sunset, or help the villagers to cook.

07:00 PM

Dinner hosted by the community.

08:00 PM

Stories about dolphins and conservation.

09:00 PM


Day 3

06:30 AM

Enjoy the sunrise. Look for dolphins located nearby with fishing boats.

08:00 AM

Breakfast on the Living Irrawaddy Boat.

09:00 AM

Learn and practice the art of communicating and fishing with dolphins.

10:00 AM

Depart for Indown Community

12:00 PM

Lunch in Indown.

01:00 PM

Learn how to make pottery.

02:00 PM

Depart for the Sacred Forest.

02:30 PM

Walk to the Sacred Forest Monastery.

03:30 PM

Boat departs for Mandalay.

04:30 PM

Optional: Visit Mingun Stupa (depending on time and interest)

05:30 PM

Arrive in Mandalay.

Travel notes

- All overnight tours include Deluxe Tent accommodation. However, in the event of bad weather, guests may need to stay in the cabins on the boat
- Your tour supports dolphin conservation: USD4 per person per day is used towards protecting dolphins
- Your tour is carbon friendly: USD1 per person day is used towards carbon offsetting for fuel used during the tour
- You tour supports communities: All meals, fishermen’s boats, handicrafts, and other services are sourced from partner communities
- Child ticket: Age 6-12
- Children aged 0-5 are free of charge
- The activity is not suitable for pregnant women or PWDs
- Purchasing of drinks on the boat will be at your own expense. You can ask the guides for the prices
- Please indicate hotel details and any dietary requirements at checkout
- Additional surcharges apply to pick up and drop off locations outside of Mandalay area. Surcharges must be paid in cash directly to the driver. Operator will contact customer in advance for the amount

Outfit Recommendations

Things to bring:
- Hat and sunscreen
- Shirt that covers your shoulders (for sun & temples)
- Light jacket
- Camera, binoculars
- Money for handicrafts, drinks and tips

Poor weather plan

Subject to change according to dolphin locations and weather conditions.

Safety notices

Please read before your trip.

Cultural Do’s & Don’ts
- Before your trip, please take the time to learn about important cultural Do’s & Don’ts for Myanmar:

Policy Against Exploitation of Children
- We do not have school visits or volunteering with children during our tours.
- We ask that if guests would like to help students in the village or at the monastery that donations be made to the head teacher or the head monk.
- Please take a short moment to read the 7 tips for travelers by Child Safe

Health & Safety
- The tour involves boat travel. Please inform our guides if you cannot swim before the tour.
- Please wear life jackets at all times if you cannot swim. Please wear life jackets while riding small fishing boats.
- Please do not lean on railings on the Living Irrawaddy Dolphin Boat. Please do not dive off the boat, as water levels can be quite shallow. Please walk carefully on the boat; no running please.
- When getting on and off the boat, please hold on to the rail held by the staff. Please wait for staff to provide the railing before attempting to get on or off the boat.
- Please wear a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the heat.
- Please drink water to stay hydrated. Drinking water and reusable water bottles are available on the boat. Do not drink from the sink in the bathroom or from the wash basin in the village.
- Please wash your hands before eating.

Where we will meet

Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

How to get there

Standard price
RM 535.20 /Pax
Booking details
Adult (2-4 pax)
Adult (5-8 pax)
Child (6-12)

RM 354.00
Total MYR 0.00
Price including
Roundtrip on the Living Irrawaddy Boat
Fishermen’s boat to see dolphins & cooperative fishing demonstration
Dolphin conservation fund ($5)
Lunch prepared by the community
Water, tea and fruit on the boat
Pick up/drop off at hotel/guesthouse
Entrance to Mingun Stupa
Price excluding
Drinks (soda, beer, wine) – available on the boat for extra charge
How to get there

Mandalay City Centre Hotels only. Pick up at your hotel by our guide.