Giant in the Ocean
The largest sea creatures in the world, the humpback and the blue whales, will casually glide past you, while the ever smiling, playful dolphins will put on a show when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern, Eastern or the West coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa) and Trincomalee while the sea off Kalpitiya teems with an abundance of dolphins.
Whale and dolphin watching in Sri Lanka has always been a very exciting activity. The thrill that you get when you witness these beautiful and mammoth creatures is always humbling. You can enjoy these expeditions mainly during the morning and afternoon, while the morning trip is considered the best to try it out.
Your clothing should always be comfortable. We suggest shorts or long pants. Shoes with rubber soles are advised while safety jackets and gear are provided by the expedition organizers. Sunscreen is suggested since you will be spending a good couple of hours out in the ocean. The boat ride would be at times choppy and for those who get seasick should take precautions prior to boarding the boat. A pair of binoculars and your camera equipment can be taken aboard so that you will be able to document your excursion every step of the way.
is always wise to check the weather conditions on the day of your trip so that you are prepared beforehand. Even though there are predicted monsoon seasons, you should be well geared for sudden downpours.
We would also like to mention that whale and dolphin sightings can be unpredictable at times and there might be occasions that you might not spot these magnificent mammals. However, the trip itself to the deep blue Indian Ocean is completely worth your time.