One of the most incredible things about Sri Lanka is that this small island is home to two of the world’s largest animals: whales and elephants.
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.
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 Mirissas’ 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 hatch is sure to please anyone.
Locations in Sri Lanka to view whales from
- Kalpitiya is a town just north of Chilaw on the western coast of the country. Chilaw is a tow thatch is teaming with Historical sites, beaches and lagoons. In the recent past Whale watching has become a popular attractions include sperm whales diving down to find large squid for their supper. The best times to visit the location is November – March/ April.
- 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 best times to visit this area is between December–April
- Trincomalee Pigeon Island – Just 1km off the coast from the small village of Nilaveli sits Pigeon Island National Park, home to live coral and tropical fish. Local tour operators can arrange snorkeling around here – if you’re lucky, you might find yourself in the company of a turtle, or even a whale. The best time to visit is between March to April and August to September
Responsible Whale Watching
It is advised that tourist be cautious and ensure to adhere to the safety of the large sea creatures. Boat-based whale watching exposes whales and dolphins to underwater noise, as well as the risk of injury from collision with the boat’s hull or propeller. It is best viewed with professionals and accredited tours to ensure the whales are view without disturbances.
- Tourists can contribute to sustainability efforts and ensure they are choosing a tour operator that operates responsibly to minimizes its impact on the target animals.
- Actively contributes to conservation efforts.