Passive interaction
keep a respectful distance and let the animals decide!

Code of Conduct for Boats

  • Dolphins are never approached by boats at less than 200 m from 9am until 12pm (= "no approach time", their main sleeping time)
  • Outside of the „no approach time" a respectful minimum distance of 50 m parallel/sideways to the animals’ swimming direction is always maintained (never from front or rear), unless dolphins choose themselves to approach. In this situation, don’t increase driving speed or change direction suddenly
  • Driving speed is adjusted to the slowest animal an never exceeds 7 km/h or 4 knots. Never reverse, accelerate or change direction suddenly
  • No more than 2 boats at the same time with dolphins. Boats have to be positioned behind another to allow an escape route
  • Observation time is limited to 20 minutes. Don’t conduct more than 3 snorkelling approach attempts, as other boats might want to approach dolphins that day
  • When leaving dolphin groups it is important to know where the dolphins are relative to the boat to avoid collisions or coming too close to the animals. Always leave with slow speed
  • Dolphins are very sensitive to sound. Any noises (e.g. shouts, horns, whistles, claps) must be avoided and the engine is turned off when possible or put in neutral
  • As soon as a sign of distress (e.g. fluke slap, direction change, sudden increase of swimming speed) is noticed, the dolphins must be carefully left alone
  • The number of boats at any reef site is limited to the amount of available mooring buoys present. If all moorings are occupied, consider moving to another reef. Using anchor or wire on reefs is prohibited

Code of Conduct for Swimmers

  • Glide very gently and quietly from a sitting position into the water
  • Always use lifejacket, fins, mask and snorkel
  • Swim gently, keep your arms close to your body, and move only your fins without excessive splashes
  • Don’t approach dolphins directly. Swim parallel/sideways and never dive down directly from above
  • Never dive down when dolphins are resting
  • Never touch dolphins because diseases can be mutually transmitted
  • Don’t make any unnecessary noises
  • Swimmers are always accompanied by a trained guide. The guide to swimmer ratio shall not exceed 1: 8
  • Animals are never fed and no rubbish or other polluting substances (e.g. soap, oil) is discarded into the sea

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