Whale Watching Cruise with 100% Guaranteed Whale Sighting from Colombo- Sri Lanka has become one of the whales watching hotspots in the world. The sea off southern Sri Lanka is whale watching hotspot and attracts thousands of travellers every day. This whale watching tour also includes many other activities such as visiting mask museum, walking tour of Galle fort, visiting spice garden and exploring sea turtle conservation centre.
- Trip Outline
Whale Watching Tour Colombo
Go in search of whales on this southern Sri Lanka whale-watching cruise from all hotels on the west coast and Colombo. You will be picked up early morning from the hotel and drive to Mirissa. With the life vest, board the 50-foot (15-meter) luxury whale watching cruise and venture onto the Indian ocean in search of Blue whales, with an expert skipper and crew.
Savour a continental breakfast and tea or coffee as you sail to areas frequented by whales. Watch for species such as blue, sperm, killer, humpback and pilot whales in the waters, snap once-in-a-lifetime photos and look out for other marine creatures, including dolphins and sea turtles.
After the whale watching cruise (2-4 hours), start your return journey to the hotel. Stop at Unawatuna beach, Sea turtle conservation centre, spice garden, Hikkaduwa beach, and Bentota beach as you make the return journey to your hotel.
Explore the iconic tourist attraction on the south coast, the Galle Fort, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. You will be doing a guided walking tour with your driver/guide along the labyrinthine of cobbled streets. The medieval city built by the East Indian company hides thousands of buildings with old Dutch architecture. Visit Many hundred years old churches including the Wolvendaal church, moats, temples and colonial palaces. Jump onto the moat and enjoy the breathtaking view over the wide-open Indian Ocean.
After the dutch Fort stop at Hikkaduwa beach and Bentota beach to enjoy the mesmerizing beaches. Afterwards, make a stop at the Ariyapala Mask museum of Ambalangoda. This is the only museum on the island dedicated to traditional masks. Here you can see many hundreds of masks, many of them are originated a long time ago.
If the time permits you will be visiting a sea turtle conservation centre on the west coast and learn about the endangered sea turtles.
- 100% safe super grade luxury passenger cruiser.
- Licensed by the Government of Sri Lanka.
- You will get one of the most comfortable whale watching cruiser in Mirissa.
- The spacious upper deck, allowing everyone on the upper deck for a wider and deeper view.
- Specially designed for whale watching adventure trips WITH SPACE around for observation. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.
- Morning Tea/Coffee| Breakfast | Bottled water | Fruits & Snacks- all these free onboard.
- We follow international whale watching guidelines & best practices issued by the Whales & Dolphin Conservation in the UK.
- Two licensed captains | six lifeguards with international licenses | one naturalist on board for live commentary.
- Whale sighting rate is 99.9%.
- If you don't see Whales, You can have the tour next day free.
- Your pick up time to be informed by Phone or on WhatsApp or by email soon after your booking is made.
Activities available on this trip
- Sail onto the Indian Ocean to spot blue, pilot, sperm and other species of whales.
- Watch for other wildlife such as dolphins, whale sharks and sea turtles.
- Enjoy a light breakfast and morning tea or coffee as you sail.
- Life vests and safety equipment fitted onboard.
- See a collection of hundreds of ancient masks and learn the mask carving.
- Visit moonstone mines.
- Sea turtle conservation centre.
- Walking tour in the Galle Fort (UNESCO world heritage site).
- Family-friendly cruise with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
- Hotel pick-up from Colombo, Kalutra or Bentota.
- All-inclusive whale watching boat tour (entrance fee, boat trip charges, breakfast)
- Entire ground Transportation as per the tour itinerary in an air-conditioned, luxury, private vehicle.
- English speaking driver/guide (please inquire for other languages).
- All entrance fees and activity cost.
- Guided walking tour of Galle fortress.
- Hikkaduwa beach.
- Highway toll.
- All government taxes, insurance fee.
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- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
- Not recommended for pregnant travellers.
- Pickup and dropoff from more than 140+ hotels on the west coast.
- Luxury, modern, private vehicle for transport.
- Service of a well experienced and knowledgeable tour guide.
COVID-19 Special information
- All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
- Social distancing is maintained in vehicles
- To reduce crowds, all tours are private
- Masks are required, please bring your own
- You must fill out a travel information form
- Temperature checks are mandatory
- You must book this activity online, as the ticket office is closed
Time : 4:00 am
COLOMBO / MIRISSA
Meet and greet by seerendipity tour representative at your hotel (04.30 am) and drive to Mirissa harbour.
Board the whale watching boat at 0630 am and sett to the sea, the whale watching trip lasts between 3 to 5 hours return transfer.
WHALE WATCHING MIRISSA
The warm Indian Ocean of southern Sri Lanka is the best place to spot a wide variety of whales & dolphins. There are 26 different species of whales and dolphins traversing this region such as Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales and also includes the well-loved common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and striped dolphins.
The south tip of Sri Lanka is the easiest place to see blue whales in a very short time. And especially Mirissa & Weligama areas are the well-known spotting places of the blue whales in the entire world. Sperm whales, right whales, killer whales, whale sharks, turtles, and kinds of dolphins also spotted in this part of the island all around the year.
After whale watching trip return to hotel, en-route visits,
TURTLE CONSERVATION CENTER
Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtle digs a hole on the Beach, Lays hers eggs and covers it with sand where it is supposed to, incubate by the heat of the sun. What often happens is, the eggs are dug out by fisherman and sold to people who consume them.
But now the eggs are bought up by the conservation projects and are hatched the Natural way in enclosed areas where the Birds don’t have a chance of picking them up and the babies are let into the sea after two days at night time which offers them a better chance of survival.
Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early seafaring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
CITY OF GALLE
Galle is one of the ancient seaports of Sri Lanka and was an anchor point in the Silk Route. It was later discovered by the Portuguese where they built a fortress and the Dutch that succeeded them fortified it further. This fortress is today a World Heritage Site.
The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the "Ramparts of Galle", withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of coastal area Galle town. It has been since restored. The Galle Fort also houses the elite Amangalla resort hotel, located near the Dutch Reformed Church. It was originally built in 1684 to house the Dutch Governor and his staff. It was then converted into a hotel and named then as the New Oriental Hotel in 1865, which catered to the European passengers travelling between Europe and Galle Port in the 19th century.
Unawatuna Beach is located just south of Galle, the main city in the south and 125km from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. This 4km expanse of palm-fringed sand is said by some to rank amongst the twelve best beaches in the world. This beach is a paradise for all those who yearn to enjoy the silence of the sea and dive deep into the blue waters of the ocean. There is a reef protecting the beach, which makes it perfectly a safe haven for bathing. Other major attractions of this southern beach include shallow waters for swimming and diving. Within its reach, there is an accessible, reasonably well-preserved coral reef that serves as the base for snorkelling.
Hikkaduwa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Sri Lanka. It is 98 km south of Colombo and its beautiful beaches a lot of glamour to this town. It is the place where you can have a glimpse of the fascinating underwater world and see the creatures that inhabit the unfathomable depths of the sea. The famed coral gardens are located here. Just get hold of a glass-bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and plunge into the ocean.
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Whale watching tour Sri Lanka, Colombo
The beginning of whale watching tour Sri Lanka goes back to the 1980s, with the first whale sighting in East Sri Lanka by a group of marine biologists. They observed that sperm and blue whales were coming to the harbour in Trincomalee (read more about Trincomalee) with the help of submarine canyon. Sri Lanka is a whale watching hot spot in the region and allows the visitors to see two dozens of whale species.
Can we have 100% guaranteed whale watching tour Colombo?
A large number of operators offers blue whale sighting trips off the south coast Mirissa and East coast. However, most of them do not guarantee the blue whale sighting. Seerendipity tours guarantee the blue whale sighting in every trip they make and you can repeat the tour without paying anything if you were not able to see the whales on your blue whale watching trip.
- 100% Safe on a Super grade luxury passenger cruiser.
- Licensed by the government of Sri Lanka
- You will get one of the most comfortable whale watching cruiser in Mirissa
- Everyone is getting on the upper deck for a wider and deeper view.
- Specially designed for whale watching adventure trips WITH SPACE around for observation. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
- Morning Tea/Coffee| Breakfast | Bottled water | Fruits & Snacks- all these free onboard
- We follow International whale watching guidelines & best practices issued by the whales & dolphin conservation in the UK
- Two licensed captains | six lifeguards with international licenses | one naturalist on board for live commentary
- Sighting rate is 99.9%.
- If you don’t see whales, you can have the tour next day free
- Your pick up time to be informed by phone or on Whatsapp or by email soon after your booking is made.
The best whale watching tours from Colombo
- 1-Day Whale watching tour Colombo
- 2 Days whale watching tour Colombo with the southern coast
1 Day Sri Lanka whale watching tour Colombo in a nutshell
- 04.00 AM Start the journey from Colombo
- 06.00 AM Reach Mirissa harbour
- 06.30 AM set off on the whale watching tour
- 10.30 AM starts the return journey
- 02.00 PM Reach the hotel in Colombo
2 Days Whale watching tour Colombo in a nutshell
Seerendipity tours mainly offer 2 variations of whale watching tour from Colombo, and they can also be booked from beach hotels on the west coast. One day tour from Colombo mainly includes the whale watching trip. The 2 days tour from Colombo includes whale watching boat trip as well as visits to many tourist attractions in southern Sri Lanka such as Galle Fort, mask museum, Hikkaduwa beach, Madu river estuary, and sea turtle conservation project.
Day 1 of 2 days Colombo whale watching tour
- 08.00 AM leave for mirissa via Kalutara and Bentota
- 10.00 AM visit the sea turtle conservation project
- 11.00 AM explore Madu River estuary in a boat tour
- 01.00 PM visiting mask museum
- 02.00 PM Lunch break
- 03.00 PM visit moonstone mines
- 04.00 PM walking tour of Galle Fort
- 06.00 PM check-in the hotel in Mirissa and leisure
Day 2 of 2 days Colombo whale watching tour
- 06.30 AM Start the whale watching boat tour
- 12.00 PM leave for Colombo after whalke watching boat trip
- 02.00 PM reach the hotel in Colombo
Have fun with blue whale watching in Colombo
Whale watching Sri Lanka has become a popular activity among foreign travellers on the island. Because Sri Lanka is one of the best places to observe whales and dolphins in the world. Being an island in the south of India, Sri Lanka is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. There is a high concentration of whales and dolphins in many parts of the Sri Lankan water, mainly in the sea of south-west Sri Lanka and east coast of Sri Lanka.
Being a country in the International Whaling Associations protected zone, is one reason for the large concentration of whales around the country. Same times Sri Lanka is located on the migration path of Whales in the Indian Ocean and it is also being a significant reason for a large number of whale sighting around the country.
To see a blue whale at sea is something most of us can only dream about.
To see more than once in a lifetime is a rarity reserved for a fortunate few.
To be in a boat surrounded by five or six blue whales is an experience so
profoundly moving, it inspires us to…fight for the conservation of whales and their ocean environment.
Whale watching in Colombo the historical facts
Whale watching in Sri Lanka goes back to the 1980s, with the first whale sighting in East Sri Lanka by a group of marine biologists. They observed that sperm and blue whales were coming to the harbour in Trincomalee (read more about Trincomalee) with the help of submarine canyon.
Whales in east Sri Lanka was used in an award-winning film called Whales weep not, very first underwater film, which was filmed in the natural habitat of Sperm whales. Even though Trincomalee was recognized as a whale-watching hotspot, it was not served as a safe place for such activities owing to the civil war that ended in 2009.
It was off the coast of Sri Lanka in 2003 that Genvieve Johnson the well-known cytological conservationist and broadcaster had her “profoundly moving experience. Sri Lanka is one of the few places in the world that can offer a wealth of such experiences, yet the country’s reputation as marine mammal haven is of relatively recent date.
For centuries, Sri Lanka’s whales, dolphins and dugongs were secret known only to fisherfolk and other residents of the island’s coastal belt, as well as a small number of foreign mariners, whalers and naturalist.
The country first got the attention of international cytological attention
in the early 1980s, after three cetacean researchers-Hal Whitehead,
Jonathan Gordon and Roger Payee- documented the unusual frequency of great whale sighting off the Sri Lankan coast. Word began to spread beyond the cytological community in 1983, following an international conference held in Colombo to increase awareness of the country’s cetacean heritage and the importance of conserving it. (see “The Tulip Expedition” p.13).
Soon, whale-watching tours were being offered to a growing number of enthusiastic tourists and researchers.
Where to go for Blue whale watching in Sri Lanka?
Whales are reported in all parts of the Sri Lankan waters other than North Sri Lanka. Owing to its shallowness this part of the sea makes it unsuitable for whales. Eastern Sri Lanka is also offering plenty of chances to observe Whales and dolphins.
Since the end of the Civil war (2009) in North-East of Sri Lanka, the sea off Trincomalee has also become a major whale watching destination and many travellers start their whale watching trip from the east coast. The sea off the southern coast is also equally popular for whale sighting and the sea off the south coast is also frequented by several species of whales.
Whale-watching had been a very popular activity among the tourists in the country and commercial whale watching was started more than a decade ago. With the increasing number of tourists in the recent past resulted in high demand for the whale watching activities in the country.
Types of whales in Sri Lanka
Rorqual whale family-Balaenopteridae
- Blue whale Balaenoptera musculus Migrant/seasonal
- Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus Migrant/seasonal
- Sei Whale Balaenoptera borealis Possible/probable
- Bryde’s whale Balaenoptera edeni Resident
- Minke whale Balaenoptera acurorostrata Migrant/seasonal
- Humpback whale Balaenoptera novaeangliae Known to be Present
Sperm whale family –Physeteridae & Kogiidae
- Sperm whale Physeteridae macrocephalus Nomadic
- pygmy sperm whale Kogia breviceps Resident
- Dwarf sperm whale Kogia sima Resident
Beaked whale family-Ziphiidae
- Longman’s beaked whale Indopacetus Pacificus Known to be Present
- Cuvier’s beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris Known to be Present
- Deraniyagala’s ginkgo-toothed beaked whale Mesoplodon ginkgodens Possible/probable
- Blainville’s beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris Known to be Present
Blackfish family –Delphinidae
- Orca Orcinus orca Nomadic
- Sjhort-finned pilot whale Globicephaphala macrorhynchus Nomadic
- False killer whale Pseudorca crassidens Nomadic
- Melon headed whale Peponocephale electra Resident
- Pygmy killer whale Fersa attenuata Resident
There are five types of whales recorded around the country; Blue whale, sperm whale, Minke, Melon-headed and Dwarf Sperm. Deepwater in South-East Sri Lanka around Kalpitiya is occupied by all types of whales and dolphins.
The biggest animal in world Blue whale and sperm whale is reported very often around Kalpitiya. One does not need to travel far off to the see like in most other whale watching destinations, in order to observe whales in South-East Sri Lanka. November to December and March to April is considered as the peak season for whale sighting in this region.
Resident whales of Sri Lanka
In Southern Sri Lanka off Mirissa or Dondra head also reported a large number of sperm and blue whales. Anderson a well known marine biologist believes that part of the whales that can be seen in southern Sri Lanka is residents whales.
Blue whale migration Sri Lanka
A part of the whale population in Sri Lankan water considered as migratory whales crossed over to the Indian Ocean from the Arabian Sea through the Bay of Bengal. Anderson believes that whales are passing the island on the way to the direction of Bay of Bengal in January and April they are heading to the opposite direction passing Sri Lanka and Maldives alone the way to the Arabian Sea.
Second research on marine life off the southern coast was conducted in 2003 and was called The Voyage of Odyssey the research had come up with many whale sightings in the region. According to marine biologists, southern deep water off Dondra point is the best site for whale watching on the island since it is located close to the shore.
Whale migration path
Being a country in the International Whaling Associations protected zone is one reason for the large concentration of whales around the country. Same times Sri Lanka is located on the migration path of Whales in the Indian Ocean and it is also being a significant reason for a large number of whale sighting around the country.
Scientific finding on Sri Lankan whales
Marine biologist Asha de Vos has conducted the first-ever such major scientific study on blue whales in Sri Lanka. The study covered the important facts about the whales of Sri Lanka, which is unique to the island. The study also shows how to implement an effective scientific conservation effort to protect this endangered marine animal. The behaviour of blue whales and nature of threats to the existence of blue whales are important facts revealed in the press conference.
Whale watching Colombo allows you to spot a blue whale unique to Sri Lanka
According to the research findings, the blue whales of Sri Lanka is unique to the country. Sri Lanka is known to be inhabited by a large number of blue whales. Southern Sri Lanka and Eastern part of the country is particularly popular for whale watching in Sri Lanka. Even though the blue whale is globally declared as an endangered animal species and it is a protected animal, some countries are still engaged in whale hunting. Blue whales are being killed for its oil, meat, and other parts.
Today the total number of blue whales in the world estimated to be around 10,000 and it is a sharp reduction of its population of 300,000 in the past.
Asha de Vos referred to the whales of Sri Lanka as the “unorthodox whales” because these animals behave differently than the other populations in the world. The longest blue whale discovered in Sri Lankan water is 25 meters; hence the blue whales of the Pacific Ocean are five meters longer.
Threats to the blue whales
The main threat for the existence of blue whales of Sri Lankan water is identified as the ships that pass southern Sri Lanka on the international sea route. A large number of blue whales had been killed so far owing to the ship strikes. One of the busiest sea routes in the world happens to be running across the area where blue whales residing and which is the main reason for the injuries of whales. Most recent such incident was heard on March 20, 2012, when a blue whale entangled on to the bow of a ship and brought to the harbour.
Regulating the whale watching Colombo is a need of the hour
According to the research unregulated whale watching is identified as a potential threat to the well being of Blue whales. Today there are no rules and regulation involved with whale watching in Sri Lanka. The researchers opine that whale-watching industry should be adhering to the international standards and regulations to sustain the whale watching as a long-term attraction of the island.
Blue whale accidents
A giant whale has washed ashore in west Sri Lanka in the region of Kosgoda. Kosgoda is a fishing village and one of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka located 70 km south of Colombo and, which is a fishing village. The whale is still alive, at the time the report is written, but it is suffering from few wounds and the Whale is about 100 meters in length. The whale is washed ashore by the current since it is wounded and not being able to swim against the strong current. The wounded whale was carried to the shore by the strong current and the animal was stranded on the shore for two days.
Whale watching Colombo, where and when?
Whale watching Sri Lanka can be done in several places on the island, depending on the weather conditions. Best place for whale watching in Sri Lanka off the south and west coast is from November to May, while the east coast is suitable for whale watching from May to October.
Blue whale watching Sri Lanka, Mirissa
Mirissa off the southern coast considered to be the best place for a top-notch whale watching experience in Sri Lanka. Mirissa is the place to spot a large concentration of blue whales and sperm whales. Typical whale watching trip off the coast Mirissa lasts between 1 to 4 hours depending on the time spent for a whale sighting.
Whales are occurring about 1 km off the coast of Mirissa and dolphins are also can be spotted here. Whales can be seen here throughout the year but November to April is the main whale watching season here due to the favourable weather to travel on the sea.
Mirissa is located near the southern tip (Dondra) of Sri Lanka. One can easily reach Mirissa from Colombo and travel time is around 2 hours from Colombo to Mirissa by southern expressway. The travel time between Mirissa and Colombo will be around 4 hours on Matara-Colombo main road. Travelling from Colombo to Mirissa can be done by public buses, trains or taxis.
Travelling by train between Colombo and Mirissa is comfortable, cheap and time-saving. Even though travelling by Taxi is but expensive compared to buses it is the best option to travel from Colombo to Matara and vice versa. It is very comfortable, safe and saves a lot of time.
Blue whale watching Sri Lanka how much does it cost
Usually, the whale watching tour of Colombo is offered 7 days of the week throughout the year, however, there can be the exception, in which the tours are abandoned without any prior notice. It is quite understandable because the seafaring can be dangerous in certain situations due to the extreme conditions in the sea.
The cost of the whale watching Colombo tour differs depending on the pick-location and drop-off location of the passengers. For the traveller, who directly arrive at Mirissa harbour must pay US$ 98 per person for the whale watching tour, upon receiving the ticket, which includes all services and taxes.
Whale watching tours are organized by tour operators in Sri Lanka and offered as a standalone tour (whale watching tour) or part of a Sri Lanka road trip.
Watching whales in Kalpitiya
Usually, Sri Lanka is popular around the world for spotting blue whales. “Blues whales Sri Lanka”, “Colombo whale watching” are very popular keyphrases use by the world travellers. We also get an email form travellers and most of them look for places to spot Blue whales.
Kalpitiya is not only good for watching dolphins but also for watching whales. The sea off Kalpitiya is one of the best places on the island to see whales, similar to Mirissa of southern Sri Lanka.
Sperm whale watching in Sri Lanka
I believe that most travellers do not know that this biodiversity hotspot also attracts large p[ods of sperm whales. Kalpitiya rank among the best places in Sri Lanka to spot these superpods. A large number of researchers gather in Kalpitiya in the months of March and April in order to carry out various researches pertaining to sperm whales.
Spotting large gathering of sperm whales
Researchers have been able to spot large gathering of sperm whales off the coast of Kalpitiya since 2010. These sperm whale herds are consisting of hundreds of sperm whales (superpods), particularly in late March and April.
Earlier the animal researchers predicted that superpods of sperm whales are sporadic. But now it is found that these gathering of sperm whales is a regular event and takes place every year in the months of March and April. Suoerpods season usually starts mid-march and superpods occurring in the water until the 3rd week of April.
These sperm whale pods can be very big, scientist have spotted as much as 350 sperm whales in a superpod in 2015
The nature of whale watching tour Sri Lanka
Whale watching tour Sri Lanka available in three flavours,
- Group blue whale watching Sri Lanka– this is the most popular form of blue whale watching in Sri Lanka and available throughout the year except few days during the monsoon. Mirissa is most popular for blue whale watching in Sri Lanka. The blue whale watching cruises set off in early hours every day. Many dozens of specially built whale watching cruises take around 75 guests to the see and the trip may last between 2 hours to 5 hours.
- Private blue whale watching Sri Lanka-Private blue whale watching trip available for interested parties at a higher rate than the earlier mentioned group whale watching trip. The speed boats are provided for the whale watching trip, which cost between US$325 to US$ 500 per trip. Usually, the speed boat can accommodate up to 5 persons. Apart from the charges for the boat the guests also have to pay the taxes to the wildlife department which cost 3500 Rs per person.
- Whale watching from the sky– Whale watching from the sky is a novel experience, in which the participant travel by a lightweight aircraft allowing them to observe the whales from the sky. It is the most convenient way of spotting whales, however, it is the most expensive form of whale watching in Sri Lanka.