One of the most incredible things about Sri Lanka is that this small island is home to two of the world’s largest animals: whale and elephants. Mirissa is undoubtedly the best spot for whale watching in Sri Lanka; there are many tour operators here who provide this service and are very well prepared.
The Season to Witness Gentle Giants
The season for whale watching is from November – April, as this is when the sea is at its calmest and the warm waters attract migratory whales. Blue whales and Sperm whales frequent these waters, while Blue whales are solitary animals, Sperm whales often travel in pods, so if you’re lucky you will see more than one whale! Killer whales, also known as Orcas, occasionally visit Mirissa’s warm waters and seeing them is quite magical. While you’re on your boat safari, you will also get to see large pods of spinner dolphins swimming alongside your boat, a sight which is sure to please anyone.
An Experience for All
Even though Mirissa is an excellent place for whale watching, please keep in mind that nothing can be guaranteed, even if you go during the season. To increase your chances of spotting a whale you begin your journey a little before sunrise, as you’re more likely to see a whale early in the morning than later on during the day. Since you’re on a boat for the entirety of this excursion, it is a wonderful activity to do with the whole family and with children of any age. If you’re looking for a more romantic option, many tour operators will organise a boat ride for just you and your love for a more intimate experience. Nevertheless, this experience will be one of your most memorable.