Sunrise dolphin watching experience and Bar Reef snorkelling – Kalpitiya [3 - 4 hours]

Kalpitiya is a peninsula - located in the district of Puttalam - looking like a tentacle that reaches out into the Indian Ocean. With the Puttalam Bay on its eastern shore and about 170 kilometres and north west of Colombo, there are 14 islands in Kalpitiya and stretches of beach that seem to go on forever. In recent times, the area has been recognised as an excellent site for seeing large pods of Spinner Dolphins and Sperm Whales, while catching sight of a Blue Whale is a precious bonus. The long snouted and playful dolphins and get their name from the spins that they have become famous for performing while leaping out of the water. Their repertoire of tricks also includes tail or head slaps, flips, and salmon jumps. Apart from the Spinner Dolphin, the Humpback and Bottlenose, also haunt the coast of Kalpitiya. The Humpback species has a noticeable hump on its back and is often seen close to the shore while the Bottlenose dolphin is known for its unmistakable snout. The Bottlenose tends to use high-pitched squeaks to communicate. Risso’s dolphins can also be spotted in these waters and are prominent for their characteristically square heads and their long dorsal fins. While being able to grow up to 4 metres, these dolphins often have scars on their bodies from their playful fighting. November to March/April is considered the ideal time to catch sight of these amazing creatures, as they leave colder waters during the winter season.

You will meet: Shanaka [SID: 17]
Availability of Dolphin Watching at Kalpitiya Tour - daily departures from November to end April
Meeting point: Kalpitiya Sri Lanka Day Tours/Eco Team, whale and dolphin watching operations centre
Meeting time: Morning at 7.30 a.m. (most preferred)
Duration of tour: Max. 3 to 4 hours
Children 6 to 12 years of age will be charged 50%
Maximum 6 passengers in a boat
This Kalpitiya Dolphin Watching Excursion could be coupled with accommodation and many other excursions available in the Kalpitiya peninsula, such as scuba diving and snorkelling, among other water-based activities.
Services of a local boatman/ skipper
Boat fees
Entrance fees
Life jackets fees
Bottled water
Transportation to/from location, which could be arranged on request (for an additional fee)
Optional activity costs
Any personal effects not mentioned in this description
Tips for the staff

Tour In Brief

We will meet at 7.30 a.m. at our centre and after a briefing on the tour and safety precautions, you will be ushered to the boat.

Kalpitiya is a relatively new destination in Sri Lanka gaining prominence especially for its large pods of Spinner Dolphins off the coast. They were mainly seen in a belt that ran parallel to the Kalpitiya peninsula which was commonly known as the Dolphin Line. But while Dolphin Watching in Kalpitiya is now one of the main attractions in Sri Lanka, there are other water-based adventures, for those looking to do so much more during their stay here.

If you are in Kalpitiya between November and March/April, the conditions are perfect to catch a glimpse of diverse sea mammals as the waters remain relatively calm and enhances visibility.

Among some of the other commonly spotted dolphin species are: Bottlenose, Risso’s, Indo-Pacific and Humpback Dolphins.