Whale & Dolphin Watching
Whale & Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka is one of the trending activities that can be done. Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations for watching the largest living mammals and spinning dolphins.
Whale & Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka expeditions can be done within a half a day tour and it is always said to leave the coast by early morning.
The ocean can get quite rough during May and July, the peak of the monsoon season in the south-west. It’s always essential to check local regulations to ensure guidelines are met and enforced.
The best places to watch whales and dolphins in Sri Lanka
Whale & Dolphin Watching in Kalpitiya
The best time for whale & dolphin watching in Kalpitiya is March.
Kalpitiya in north-western Sri Lanka teems with sperm whales every March as the mammals – some up to 20 m in length – gather in the deep waters. These placid, giant creatures spend 90 percent of their lives in the deepest parts of the ocean. The dolphin watching boat tours off Kalpitiya will also allow you to see pods of spinner dolphins playfully roaming the Indian Ocean.
Whale watching in Mirissa
The best time for whale & dolphin watching in Mirissa is December to March.
Mirissa is situated about an hour’s drive from the UNESCO heritage site of Galle on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Mirissa considered a jumping-off point to view blue whales in all their glory. This is where the whales congregate for part of the year, given the relatively calm seas in the south of the island from December onwards. As a result, you have a good chance of spotting blue whales, sperm whales, fin whales, occasional orcas, and several types of dolphins. Most whale watching tour companies leave the harbor around 7 am and take around 30 minutes to one hour to reach a safe distance from where you can view the whales. Boat trips can last anywhere from three to five hours.
Whale watching in Trincomalee
The best time for whale & dolphin watching in Trincomalee is during March and April.
Trincomalee is located on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka around 237 kilometers from Colombo. Trincomalee has one of the best natural harbors in the region. Also, Trincomalee is popular among wildlife lovers. It is one of the country’s best hotspots to see blue whales in their natural environment. A smaller number of sperm whales can also be spotted during the right months.
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