—Dolphin-watching is now a major tourist attraction in many tropical islands. In the quest of capitalising on this opportunity, some destinations often overlook the impacts and implications of conducting such an activity. In the case of island destinations, it becomes more important to investigate this form of tourism attraction, given that islands face scarcity of resources and their self-sustaining growth are limited. With this as foundation, the present study investigates the impacts of dolphin watching as a tourism activity. Tamarin Bay (Mauritius) is chosen as case study. A mixed methodology approach is utilised. The findings show that dolphin-watching is conducted without control. The study proposes recommendations to island destinations’ stakeholders engaging in this type of tourism activity.
—Dolphin-watching, islands, impacts, implications.
Gaitree Gowreesunkar is with the Department of Tourism Leisure and Services at the University of Technology, Mauritius, La Tour Koenig, Pte aux Sables, Mauritius (e-mail: email@example.com).
Ian Rycha is with Tamarin Bay, Mauritius (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Gowreesunkar Gaitree and Rycha Ian, "A Study on the Impacts of Dolphin Watching as a Tourism Activity: Western Mauritius as Case Study," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.6, no.1, pp. 67-72, 2015.