Bespoke whale watching private cruise to encounter finned giants – Mirissa [5 - 6 hours]
The waters off Mirissa in the southern coast of Sri Lanka are home to some of the largest whale and dolphin colonies in the world. World’s best: As per the research, the deep south of Sri Lanka (off Mirissa) is one of the world's best locations (amongst the top two or three) for watching Blue Whales and Sperm Whales, two of the most sought after marine mammals. In fact, for seeing both Sperm and Blue Whales together, it may even turn out to be the best location in the world.
You will meet: Eagle eye [SID: 4]
|Meeting point – Mirissa Sri Lanka Day Tours/Eco Team, whale watching Mirissa operations center. Alternatively, you could come to the Mirissa fishing harbor as well.|
|Meeting time – Morning 6 a.m. (most preferred)|
|Possible period: Daily departures from November until end of April/early May.|
|Please take precautionary measures recommended by your doctor if you are prone to seasickness.|
|Charges for the boat for a half-day dolphin and whale watching Mirissa|
|Lifejackets – Lifejackets for every size and age are kept aboard for our guests|
|Drinking water and a light snack during the tour|
|Current prevailing Government taxes and service charges|
|First aid if you are the type to be seasick|
|Transportation to/from location (Mirissa Harbour) – could be arranged on request|
|Optional activity costs|
|Tips for the staff|
Tour In Brief
Sri Lanka Day Tours' guided whale and dolphin watching tour takes you on an unforgettable adventure from the Mirissa Harbour to have one of the best whale watching experiences in the world.
We first go to our meeting point and do the registration by 6 a.m. You will be given your snack pack, water etc. and directed to the harbour, which is a short drive away. Your boat will be waiting at the jetty.
The waters off Mirissa in the southern coast of Sri Lanka are home to some of the largest whale and dolphin colonies in the world. Whales are nature's giants. As long as 30m and weighing as much as 180 tonnes, the blue whale is the largest animal to have roamed the earth. All varieties of whales were hunted in large numbers until the middle of the 20th century, and their dwindled numbers have not improved. This makes whales a rare sight anywhere in the world.
November to April is the best period to watch whales and dolphins, as colder weather in the northern hemisphere brings these magnificent creatures to the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean.
Among the varieties you might see are blue, Bryde’s and sperm whales. Killer whales are a rare sight, but not unknown in these waters. More numerous than whales are the varieties of dolphin you find here. Playful and attractive, dolphins are among the most intelligent animals on earth. Among the varieties on view are common dolphins, bottlenose, spinner, Risso’s and striped dolphins.