EN |


Log in | Sign Up


fr | en
home / marine life / spotted dolphin

Spotted dolphin

Swimming, Snorkeling and Diving to See and Watch the Spotted dolphin

The Pantropical Spotted Dolphin can be recognized by its slender, streamlined body and its slender beak. Its livery is dark grey with lighter flanks and belly. When they reach adulthood, dark spots appear as they age. They live along coasts and in the open sea, in tropical and temperate waters around the world.


Stenella attenuata
Wide angle
Dauphin tacheté pantropical, Spotted dolphin, Pantropical spotted dolphin


Pantropical spotted dolphin is found in all tropical seas. It lives along the coastline in open water. It mainly feeds on fish such as mackerel, flying fish, as well as cephalopods and crustaceans.


The Pantropical Spotted Dolphin reaches the average age of sexual maturity at 11 years of age. It has no particular season to give birth. Nevertheless, the number of births increases in spring and autumn. The gestation period lasts less than a year. Females give birth to a single newborn every 36 months in the eastern Pacific and about every 48 months near Japan. The lactation period lasts a year and a half.

Dive centers


Prodivers Kuredu
Maldives  - Kuredu Island

Kuredu Diving Center is located on Kuredu Island, in Lhaviyani Atoll, in the Maldives Archipelago on the Kuredu Resort & Spa facilities. PADI 5* Center offering instructor training and a full range of courses from beginner to experienced divers. Freedivers and snorkelers are welcome too. Children diving from 8 years old. Technical and rebreather (CCR) diving. About 35 people work here in the diving sector, within a very structured organization. PADI instructors and divemasters, smiling and available, give diving lessons in several languages. Very nice dives to do directly from the beach, on the House reef. Boat transport fee is extra. It is not included in the packages with from-the-shore dives only. On Lhaviyani Atoll there are many with few boats and divers on the 60 dive sites. Half and full-day diving trips aboard one of the 8 boats. Free 32% Nitrox for already-certified Nitrox divers. Otherwise, possibility to be trained on the spot. Quality, safety, pleasure and varied dive sites. Diving with submarine scooter and crossing passes (Kandu) with back currents with Sharks, Rays, Tunas, Napoleons, Barracudas. Huge school of Mobula Rays. Popular dive sites of Kuredu Express and Kuredu Caves as well as Hani Kandu, Vavaru Outreef, Vavaru Kandu, Miaruvani Thila and Nalfaru Kandu. With spectacular dives in the passes full of pelagic life and on the outer drop-offs of the atolls. All-inclusive accommodation package on site, with many included cocktails, very varied Buffets, elaborated daily with a specific and different theme, ideal for those who stay for two weeks. Delicious food. [+]

  • Manta Rays Watching
  • Free Nitrox
  • + 60 dive sites
From 20,32 €


Reef Oasis Dive Club Grand Bahama
Bahamas  - Freeport

The Reef Oasis Dive Club is located within the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The center is open year-round from 8 am to 5 pm. Special offers are available for your double room full board diving holiday at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and diving. The best dives in the Bahamas are for lemon, nurse, and tiger sharks. Plan your Bahamas diving holiday from November 15 to May 15 for great encounters with Caribbean reef sharks at Shark Alley on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, every week. Equipped with specially designed shark wetsuits, board one of the Reef Oasis boats for Tiger Beach. Here you can enjoy the memorable photo and video opportunities with the tiger sharks. However, insurance is required for this trip and a check dive is mandatory the day before diving with the sharks. Groups are welcomed onboard a catamaran approved for 20 divers. Wreck, early morning, and night dives are also available. The Reef Oasis Dive Club training center offers PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. Specialties with deep and wreck dives are taught by the PADI instructor team. PADI Shark Expert and Shark Awareness courses will excite those who want to improve their knowledge of sharks. Snorkelers will enjoy the Caribbean wildlife in the warm turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, either around the Lucaya Gold Reef fish farm or at Peterson Cay. A special rate is available for children under 12 years old. Equipment rental is available on site. Non-divers can enjoy the beach at Viva Wyndham Fortuna. Reef Oasis Dive Club is involved in environmental protection with coral reef conservation. Please remember to respect the 24 hour waiting period before flying out after the last dive. [+]

  • Accomodations and diving
  • Functional boat
  • Sharks watching
From 29,64 €


Ray Caye Island Resort
Belize  - Stann Creek

Belize Diving Cente is located on a tiny island : Hatchet Cayes, east of the Belize Coast. The dive Center is located inside the Hatchet Caye Resort, in the Caribbean Sea, offshore from the city of Placencia and its airport. A few minutes from the best dive sites in Belize, in the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve and Silk Cayes, central part of the Belize Reef Barrier. On site, very good organization of diving outings. Divers do not handling nor washing equipment. Great flexibility of diving schedules according to requirements. Attentive and friendly staff available. On the island, a huge pier over the coral reef is used as boat dock. The water is turquoise and crystalline. Ideal for snorkeling from the pier and the beach. Otherwise, each dive site has its own characteristic. Here is a legally protected green conch. You can dive on the wreck, Miss Panda, a little tug scuttled 27 m deep in 2002, to make as artificial reef. Barracudas and Groupers. The resort is lovely. Very nice rooms with king-size beds and ocean view. Intimate and refined atmosphere for divers and their families looking for peace and quiet atmosphere [+]

  • Accomodations
  • Functional boat
  • Located close to the dive sites
From 84,67 €


Unexso Diving Center
Bahamas  - Port Lucaya Marina

The Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO) dive center was established in 1965. Open every day of the year from 8 am to 5 pm. On-site, a 2-story shop, Sun and Sea Outfitters, is stocked with diving equipment and holiday clothing. After a great day of diving, relax by the pool at the Dive In Marina Bar & Restaurant and sit down to a Bahamian meal or... a cheeseburger! Step back in time with a visit to the Dive Museum, featuring diving artifacts from UNEXSO's inception in 1965. Board one of the 7 Unexso boats for half or full-day trips with equipment rental and nitrox filling. Whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner, a family or a honeymooner, you will find a team of professional diving instructors on-site! You don't have to dive or snorkel to see the spotted or long nose dolphins in their environment. Even non-divers have the chance to interact with these incredible animals by swimming alongside them. Because swimming with dolphins is a Bahamian island-specific activity! Meet them in the waters of Orange Cay, or in the freshwater river that divides Andros Island. When you go out to meet wild dolphins, there is no guarantee that they will cooperate. With the Dolphin Swim, divers swim with dolphins in the protected waters of Sanctuary Bay. With the Dolphin Close Encounter program, you can sit on a partially submerged platform and spend time with the dolphins. UNEXSO also offers a half-day dolphin assistant training course (minimum age 16) to learn more about dolphin care. You then buy your photo! Also explore the popular wrecks Theo, Sea Star, and Rose that Unexso helped sink in the waters of Gran Bahamas. Explore some of the best sites in the Bahamas with Unexso such as Shark Junction, Theo's Wreck, Dolphin Dive, and Deep reefs. [+]

  • Dolphin watching
  • fast boat
  • Sharks watching
From 49,96 €


Scallywag Divers Komodo
Indonesia  - Labuan Bajo

Scallywag Divers is located in Labuan Bajo, in the west of the island of Florès, near the Komodo Islands. Known for its dive resorts at Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, this company offers you a personalized experience tailored to your needs. Scallywag Divers Komodo is one of the 3 PADI 5-Star Dive Resorts located on the islands of Gili Air and Gili Trawangan. Day trips with 2 or 3 dives are reserved for certified divers. If you don't have a certification or if you want to improve your diving skills after a first dive, try the Discover scuba Diver and then go for a PADI course. Get certified first before exploring the dive sites around Komodo. Indeed, you will find plenty of current in the most popular spots such as Manta Point, Karang Makassar, Castle Rock, appreciated for its sharks. It is therefore necessary to know how to make negative entries in the water. The dive sites are chosen onboard the boat according to the experience of those on board. For your safety, the instructors can even offer you a complementary program such as Adventure Drift or Adventure Deep Dive, to improve your technical knowledge. ` You haven't dived for more than 6 months? Then to refresh your knowledge before going out to sea, you follow a PADI ReActivate program, both in the boat and accelerated training. The Explorer boat carries a maximum of 6 divers with 2 guides on board. Each group usually consists of 3 or 4 divers of the same level. Explore the most remote and incredible dive sites in Komodo National Park! [+]

  • Popular dive sites
  • Diving around Islands
  • Manta Rays Watching
From 64,00 €


See more +

Where to see, swim, and dive with Spotted dolphin ?

Azores - Faial IslandAzores - Pico IslandAzores - Santa Maria IslandAzores - Terceira IslandBahamas - Abacos Bahamas - AndrosBahamas - BiminiBahamas - ExumasBahamas - Grand BahamaBahamas - Long IslandBahamas - New Providence Belize - PlacenciaBelize - Turneffe, Lighthouse, Glover's ReefCanary Islands - LanzaroteDominica - PortsmouthGuadeloupe - Cetacean watching in GuadeloupeGuadeloupe - the Saintes IslandsHonduras - RoatanIndonesia - Labuan Bajo, Komodo Islands, FloresLa Reunion - Whale watching in Reunion IslandMaldives - Amari Havodda Island, Gaafu Dhaalu AtollMaldives - Angaga Island, Ari Atoll Maldives - Dhuni Kolhu Island, Baa Atoll Maldives - Filitheyo Island, Nilandhe AtollMaldives - Kandooma Island, South Male Atoll Maldives - Kuredu Island, Lhaviyani Atoll Maldives - Maayafushi Island, Ari Atoll North Maldives - Vilamendhoo Island, Ari Atoll Mayotte - cetacean watching in MayotteMexico - ZihuatanejoPolynesia - Cetacean Watching inTahiti

Best season :

Azores - Ile Faial
Azores - Ile Terceira
Azores - Ile Pico
Bahamas - Abaco Islands
Bahamas - Andros Island
Bahamas - Bimini island
Bahamas - Exumas Islands
Bahamas - Grand Bahama
Bahamas - Long Island
Bahamas - Nassau;New Providence
Belize - Placencia, Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve
Belize - Belize City
Canary Islands - Lanzarote
Dominica - Portsmouth
Guadeloupe - Deshaies
Guadeloupe - Les Saintes
Honduras - Roatan - Bay Islands
Indonesia - Komodo.
La Reunion - Saint-Denis
Maldives - Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
Maldives - Ari Atoll
Maldives - Baa Atoll
Maldives - Filitheyo
Maldives - Male Atoll
Maldives - Kuredu
Mayotte - Mayotte
Mexico - Zihuatanejo
Polynesia - Tahiti
Azores - Ile Santa Maria