Gentle Giants in Sri Lanka
Mirissa is an ideal destination for those who wish to catch a rare glimpse of those beautiful and gentle giants of the Cetacean Order. Situated at the southern coast of Sri Lanka from beyond Mirissa coast lies the Indian Ocean stretching right upto the Antartic land mass. These amazing marine mammals migrate through the vast and fertile stretch from December to April during the annual breeding season. The seas around Sri Lanka offer the chance to see Blue Whales in concentrations not seen elsewhere in the world. Blue Whales do not move in groups like Sperm Whales for example. However, off the south coast they gather for feeding, with mothers often seen with calves. On some of our trips, we had six to ten individuals, within a quadrant of half a kilometer square. A concentration of blue whales of this nature is something which whale watchers can only dream about. when you go Whalewatching in Mirissa, there is a 90% chance of sighting whales. There are believed to be around 26 different species of whales traversing this region and this includes the well loved dolphin.
Trips are run daily from November until end of April and upon request from July until October (trips during that time of the year will only be done if weather and sea conditions are sufficient). The boat departs Mirissa harbour at 6:30 am. Check in is at 6:00 am in the office at the Mirissa harbour. Trip duration varies daily, depending on where we find the whales and how far we have to go. This means, our trips can take between 2 and 8 hours. We NEVER can tell how long it will be exactly. In average, the round trip takes 4-5 hours. There is a very high chance to see whales during our tours (probability of 90 – 95%) and we will give our best to find them for you on every single day.