SWIMMING WITH
DOLPHINS

Swim with DolphinsFAQS

Welcome to Halo Gaia

Living the dream since 1999

SWIMMING WITH WILD DOLPHINS

Wanderlust, wellness and adventure retreats

Since 1999, Halo Gaia Wellness and Adventure Travel has committed to creating a deeply relevant, life changing experience for our guests via swimming with dolphins and our collaborative dolphin retreats in Ponta Malongane, Mozambique.

We facilitate interactive, eco–friendly travel dolphin experiences that intimately unite and engage our visitors with the authentic spirit of Southern Africa. We strongly encourage responsible travel by stepping off the beaten track and embracing the WILD spirit of adventure within all of us.

Halo Gaia Wellness and Adventure Travel specialises in wild dolphin encounters, dolphin retreats, wellness adventures and ocean safari packages from the bay of Ponta Malongane / Complexo Turistico do Malongane in Mozambique. Respectful Marine Mammal Tourism is at the core of our mission and it is in this arena of awareness that a deep love for the diversity of our planet, ocean and indigenous cultures are shared by our host, Courtney Ward.

As we sail through these present uncharted waters, we endeavour to keep our spirits high.

Our sincere thanks to you our esteemed guests for your patience regards all changes that were beyond our control in these unprecedented times. Mozambique / South African borders have again opened for travel and tourism.

Presently the KOSI BAY border is still closed – we trust this will resume operating in December 2020

It is HIGHLY recommended that you join the DRIVE MOZ Facebook group for daily updates regards the border regulations.

A PCR Covid test – no older than 72 Hours from date of result must be presented at the border on arrival. This test is valid for 14 days – if your holiday does not exceed this date window – you may exit on the same test result.

Children 5 years and younger do NOT require a test result – but their travel documents (Unabridged birth certificates) are still required.

Swimming with Dolphins

OUR PROMISE: All dolphin interaction is respectful and conscious on the dolphins’ terms and natures’s conditions. 

swimming with wild dolphins

Experience

  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Wild dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Retreats and wellness vacations
  • Family holidays to remember
  • Adventure camps for schools and students
  • Corporate team building
  • Authentically-African Dolphin safari

Reawaken

  • Wild Dolphin retreats
  • Wellness retreats
  • In partnership with the best practitioners in their fields
  • Yoga, reflexology, music, dance, art, nature
  • Experience community and healing

Explore

  • Southern Africa’s pristine coral reefs
  • Diverse ocean wild life
  • Unsurpassed beauty of remote beaches
  • Warm Indian ocean temperatures
  • Exclusive dive rights

Make Memories

  • Rustic shaded beach forest camp
  • Safari tented camp
  • Wooden log huts, rondavels and chalets
  • Luxury tented lodge
  • Private luxury beachfront villas
  • Make connections for life with like-minded adventurers

Unsurpassed natural beauty awaits

Swimming with Dolphins in Ponta Malongane

Seasonal Whale Sharks, Humpback whales and nesting Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles, combined with the respectful magic of our wild Dolphin swims, make our Wild Dolphin Family Holidays in Ponta Malongane a true gift to the responsible traveller with a heartfelt passion for nature & conservation.

Meet your host

COURTNEY WARD

Courtney has been involved with Halo Gaia since 1999. Her personal history of extensive travel, ethnic music exploration, community living projects and completing her studies in Complementary Health at the Institute of Natural Health all played an important role in the inspiration to apply these gifts. For the past 19 years she has grown intimately close to the large pod of resident Bottle Nose Dolphins that swim the Southern Mozambique coastline.

Marine Conservation

PONTA DO OURO PARTIAL MARINE RESERVE

Halo Gaia Adventure Travel / Complexo Turistico do Malongane are honoured to have been granted a Dolphin viewing and interaction permit in November 2011. This licence permits RESPECTFUL MARINE MAMMAL TOURISM and allows our water craft within close proximity to the dolphin pods, given that the behaviour of the dolphins is respected.

Um novo horizonte inicia na Reserva Especial de Maputo As quatro chitas que recentemente desembarcaram na Reservas Especial de Maputo, resultado de uma doação da Ashia Cheetah Conservation em parceria com a Endangered Wildlife Trust, serão um dos maiores atrativos turísticos desta reserva, beneficiando os operadores turísticos e as comunidades que recebem 20% da receita do parque.Ao contrário do que se pode pensar, as chitas não representam perigo para as comunidades e para os visitantes, dado que são animais dóceis e tímidos, que evitam a todo custo o contacto directo com humanos. Devido ao seu peso reduzido e a forma franzina, elas não são uma ameaça para o gado e nem mesmo para os seus filhotes, que são muito bem protegidos pelas vacas. A reintrodução destas chitas na Reserva Especial de Maputo depois de 60 anos de ausência é resultado de um processo exaustivo de consultas comunitárias e de um estudo de viabilidade conduzido pela Endagered Wildlife Trust que atesta a ocorrência de chitas nesta região desde a decada de 1930. O estudo faz referência a um documento do governo intitulado 'A situação em Moçambique para determinadas espécies de mamíferos consideradas em risco de extinção', publicado em 1976 por Smithers e Lobao Tello, no qual os autores afirmam que as chitas eram frequentemente vistas na área que é hoje a Reserva Especial de Maputo e nas proximidades dos montes Lebombo, bem como em Catuane, Mahau, Changalane e Morro dos Cocones, na província de Maputo.A Reserva Especial de Maputo está preparada para uma reintrodução bem-sucedida destes felinos depois de um investimento da Administração Nacional das Áreas de Conservação e de parceiros como Peace Parks Foundation, MozBio Moçambique e a Biofund na protecção da reserva, estabelecendo a vedação elétrica e uma equipa de fiscais que protegem diariamente a fauna residente nesta área de conservação.A área de 104 000 hectares é considerada de tamanho adequado para a reintrodução de chitas e tem uma uma densidade muito alta de presas preferenciais das chita como a impala, chango e cabrito do mato, como também suporta densidades muito baixas de predadores concorrentes, como leão, leopardo, mabeco e hiena.Estas chitas terão uma função ecológica crucial de controlar o crescimento da população de herbívoros na reserva, prevenindo a degradação do ecossistema e a perda de biodiversidade. Num futuro breve, estes quatro indivíduos poderão estabelecer famílias que irão contribuir para os esforços regionais de repovoamento da espécie em outras áreas de conservação em Moçambique e nos países da região, ajudando na conservação desta espécie que já foi eliminada de mais de 90% dos locais onde existiam em África.Foto: Mara-Meru Cheetah Project ... See MoreSee Less
I am most enthused & excited to sit in delightful conversation this coming Sunday with beloved Wild woman Rhianne Van Der Linde as we explore.. "Swimming with Wild Dolphins... Liquid Breath & Elemental Body"!A completely free &truly inspiring conversation about adventure, erotic freedom, sensuality, liquid bodies, unconditional love, bliss, conscious breathing, DOLPHINS, & more!Sunday 24 October @ 10am PDT/6pm UK / 7pm CAT ( that's us here in SA ) 🐬🐬Register for free HERE. https://shakti-shiva-academy.ck.page/88909218f3PS. When you register for the conversation, you'll receive a free gift "Primal Awakening" a song of inner elemental activation ecstatically arranged by Courtney!(Primal Awakening is a wildly inspiring and ecstatically activating sound composition by master sound healer Courtney Ward from her album Spirit Song. Using her voice and making the most extraordinary nature sounds, Courtney plays many ethnic and indigenous instruments from all over the world, which along with her vocal melodies and percussive rhythms guide the participant on a meandering musical journey.)​Register for the conversation today to receive this elemental activation! (Recording available if you're not able to attend live)Please do share the details of this opportunity with all your loved ones 🐋🐠🐬🐟💙 ... See MoreSee Less

Spirit Song By Courtney

An exquisite meander of song and sound available for download and purchase at Band Camp. CLICK HERE TO PREVIEW & BUY

This trip was truly transformational.  I was listening to my heart and when I heard about Courtney and Shakti’s Dolphin Retreat. It was a clear YES.  However, nothing could have prepared me for the depth of experience, learning and healing that lay ahead.

Wendy

The planning, and the activities were awesome, the boat trips were amazing, the drumming vibrated throughout my spirit and soul, and the sound journey allowed me to release and discover what love and passion really feels like within ones heart. To all the amazing people that were on the journey, I am blessed to have met you, and I hope that our paths will cross again.

Karen

What an amazing experience, what an amazing place and you two beautiful spirits are the most amazing people. I really feel very privileged to have made your acquaintance and shared your love. Courtney I want to meet with you once a week for my energy fix. Courtney, don’t ever stop spreading the magic.

Beverley

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Mozambique: 00258 84 455 4319