In Search Of Dolphins & Cooperative Fishing

Mandalay, Myanmar

10 hours
2 - 10 travelers
Booking notice
2 days
Standard price
RM 254.40

Htoo Wai
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It is a full-day boat excursion in the southern part of the Ayeyawaddy Dolphin Protected Area in search of dolphins. The trip includes an introduction to dolphins and the tradition of cooperative fishing, where local fishermen demonstrate how they communicate and fish together with dolphins. The program includes a visit to a fishing village where you will enjoy lunch prepared by the community and learn about their life along the Ayeyawaddy River. The tour starts and ends in Mandalay, with a short, optional visit to Mingun Stupa on the way back.

Main activities:
Extra conditions:

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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

Lunch in Sein Pa Kone, Mya Zun or Aye Kyun (depending on location of dolphins).


Introduction to dolphins & cooperative fishing presented and demonstrated by local fishermen.

02:00 PM

Depart for the village. Continue to look for dolphins along the way.

04:00 PM

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

05:30 PM

Return to Mandalay Jetty.


Mandalay City Centre Hotels only.

Travel notes

- 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. Ask guide 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
- Itinerary may be subjected to changes according to dolphin locations and weather conditions

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 254.40 /Pax
Booking details
Adult (2-4 pax)
Adult (5-10 pax)
Child 6-12 (2-4 pax)
Child 6-12 (5-10 pax)
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.