Whale Watching Sri Lanka

Whale watching tours in Mirissa and Trincomalee

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What to expect:

  • Go to the deep ocean by boat to see the Blue Whales - The biggest animal ever lived on the Earth.
  • Encounter some of the most unique aquatic living creatures - Stingrays, Dolphins, giant Sea Turtles, Flying Fish...
  • Free transfer from Mirissa. 
  • Can be combined with South tour: Turtle Farm, River Safari, Galle Fort.
  • Can go and stay in a luxurious yacht.


Why i should join Whale watching in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka, known as the pearl in Indian Ocean, is famous for its wonderful coast with several whale's route migrations.

Whale watching in Sri Lanka is one of the great opportunities for those who would like to have a close look at the biggest animal ever lived on the Earth- Blue Whale since the dinosaur time.

This giant mammal left in limited amount will appear above the water surface and gracefully disappear in depth, teasing the audience with luxurious tails and multimeter fountains of water.

The uniqueness of the spectacle is that you can watch whales and dolphins in their natural habitat from a distance of 20- 50 meters.

There are dozens of types of whales and dolphins as well as thousands of other unique species such as Stingrays, giant Sea Turtles, Flying Fish.. 

When is the best time to join Whale watching?

During entire year, you can travel by boat to particular ports ( Mirisse - south coast of the island is the best place to see blue whales during the winter, Trincomalee - during the summer) to catch the sight of Blue Whale and all other intriguing aquatic living creatures.

However, from December to January, you will get the highest chance of encountering the ocean's giants - Blue Whales.

If you are lucky enough, you can witness the Blue Whale jumping out of the water, showing off its admirable body.

During summer season, whale watching can be conducted in another port called Trincomalee.

How to join Whale watching?

Because whale watching can only be launched in early morning, you should be ready to get up early if you live far from Mirisse and Tricomalee.

The boat which takes you to whale watching locations will start at 6:00 am every morning.

There are two options offered for those who want to experience whale and dolphin watching.

Firstly, you can travel by real fishing boat  of local fishermen with a big group of people. For this option, the price will be 50 usd/ pax.

Secondly, you can travel by private luxurious yatch during haft day and the price will be 100 usd/pax.

Which kind of whales you can see during Whale watching tour?

Blue Whale:

  • The Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on earth.
  • Despite being so massive, this giant of the ocean feeds on some of the smallest marine life – tiny shrimp like animals called krill. A single adult blue whale can consume 36,000 kg of krill a day.
  • Incredibly, Blue Whales are graceful swimmers cruise the ocean at over 8km/h, and can reach speeds of over 30km/h.
  • They mainly catch their food by diving, and descend to depths of approximately 500 m.
  • Blue whales have few predators but are known to fall victim to attacks by sharks and killer whales, and many are injured or die each year from impacts with large ships.
  • Blue Whales mostly can be seen from December to January

Fin Whale:

  • Fin Whale is the second-largest species on Earth after the Blue Whale.
  • The largest reportedly grow to 27.3 m long
  • The maximum recorded weight is nearly 74 tonnes.
  • "The greyhound of the sea ... for its beautiful, slender body is built like a racing yacht and the animal can surpass the speed of the fastest ocean steamship.", Roy Chapman Andrews.
  • The best time to spot Fin Whale is between late November and mid April.

Minke Whale:

  • The minke whales are the second smallest baleen whale; only the pygmy right whale, which until 2012 was thought to be extinct, is smaller.
  • Reported maximum lengths vary from 9.1 to 10.7 m (30 to 35 ft) for females and 8.8 to 9.8 m (29 to 32 ft) for males.
  • The maximum weight may be as much as 10 tons
  • The minke whale is a black/gray/purple color.
  • They have between 240 and 360 baleen plates on each side of their mouths.
  • Most of the length of the back, including dorsal fin and blowholes, appears at once when the whale surfaces to breathe
  • The best time to spot this whale is between February and mid March

Bryde's Whale:

  • The Bryde's whale is a baleen whale, more specifically a rorqual belonging to the same group as blue whales and humpback whales.
  • It has twin blowholes with a low splashguard to the front. Like other rorquals, it has no teeth, but has two rows of baleen plates.
  • The body mass of Bryde's whales can range 12–25 metric tons
  • At sexual maturity, males average 11.9 m (39 ft) and females 12 m (39 ft).
  • Bryde's are dark smoky grey dorsally and usually white ventrally.
  • Bryde's whales have an upright, falcate dorsal fin that is up to 46.25 cm in height.
  • The best time to spot this whale is between late November and mid April

Humpback Whale:

  • The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale.
  • One of the largest rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons).
  • The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head.
  • Humpbacks feed primarily in summer and live off fat reserves during winter.
  • Humpbacks hunt by direct attack or by stunning prey by hitting the water with pectoral fins or flukes.
  • The best time to spot this whale is between late November and mid April.

Sperm Whale:

  • The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales and the largest toothed predator.
  • Mature males average 16 metres (52 ft) in length.
  • Reported maximum weight is about 57 tonnes.
  • It has the largest brain on Earth, more than five times heavier than a human's.
  • A mature sperm whale has few natural predators, although calves and weakened adults are sometimes killed by pods of killers whales.
  • The best time to spot this whale is between late November and mid April.

Whale watching tour can be combined with South Tour. You can visit Turtle Farm, Galle Fort, River Safari.

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