Whale Watching

Whale and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is becoming a major spot for watching Whales and Dolphins. Sri Lanka is situated within international whaling commission's protected zone in Indian Ocean. West coast in locations from Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya, Mirissa or Dondra Point of down south, east coast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka is the main ports of Whale and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. Whale and dolphin sightings are additionally available in the western coastal cities of Alutgama, Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa.
A high concentration of blue whales and sperm whales has been spotted in the seas off Dondra Head along the deep south coast of Sri Lanka during the months of January to April. Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya is the best places if you are interested in seeing dolphins. During November to March is the best season to go Dolphin Watching off Kalpitiya. Whale and Dolphin watching is also possible during June to September off the eastern shores such as Trincomalee.

Migration Path of Whales
Whales like deep waters. Whales communicate with sound. They use long songs and clicks and noise from ship propellers create a lot of background noise that could disrupt their communication.
Off Dondra Head or Mirissa the continental shelf narrows sharply. Marine biologist Anderson believes some of the blue whales off Dondra Head could be resident whales while others could be migratory ones crossing over to the Arabian Sea from the Bay of Bengal. He suspected that in January they would be passing Sri Lanka on the way to Bay of Bengal and in April they will be passing Sri Lanka again down the south coast passing Maldives to the Arabian Sea.
Commercial whale watching in Sri Lanka was first mooted in the 1980s following documentation of whale sightings in the Trincomalee bay by marine biologists of the research vessel The Tulip. They found out that blue whales and sperm whales were coming into the Trincomalee harbour using a submarine canyon. Whales of Trincomalee had also featured in the award winning film "Whales weep not", the first underwater filming of Sperm whales in their natural habitat. Though Trincomalee was earlier tipped to be a whale watching hot spot, security restrictions had shelved projects to develop whale watching in the area.
The Voyage of Odyssey, the second research vessel to do research on marine life off Sri Lanka's southern coast in 2003, had also documented whale sightings."To see a Blue whale at sea is something most of us can only dream about. To see more than one in a lifetime is a rarity reserved for a fortunate few," Genevieve Johnson, a research crew member, was quoted as saying in one of the reports in 2003.

In Sri Lanka
Recent sightings of whales in the southern seas were reported by a group called the Mirissa Water Sports, funded by the firm Loadstar. They have been documenting whale sightings since April 2006. It is these sightings that had confirmed Marine biologist Anderson's theory of whale migration around Sri Lanka during January and April. Increased sightings of both blue whales and sperm whales off the southern coast have now opened up a window of opportunity for whale watching tourism in the island's Deep South. With infrastructure and vital data at hand whale watching tourism is gathering momentum in the south. According to marine biologists, the deep sea off Dondra Head is one of the best locations to watch whales in Sri Lanka because of its close proximity to the coast.

Whale & Dolphin Watching - We regularly see large pods of dolphins and, in the migration season, blue whales can be found just a few miles offshore.
We are practices Whale and Dolphin conservation society code of conduct for Whale & Dolphin watching. It is help Sri Lanka to develop Whale & Dolphin watching in a responsible way which ensures the welfare of the Whales & Dolphins.
Dolphin and Whale watching session is month of November to month of April in down south. Morning session will be start at 6.30hrs, please report to Mirissa fisheries harbor by 6.00 am with passports numbers. Normally total trip duration is 3.5 hours or 4 hours, it will depend on sea condition. Boat has roof, seats, and toilet facilities.
Boats have life raft, life jacket, life rings and communication equipments Boat captain and crew have professional qualifications and more than four years of experience in sailing. Our boats are specially design for tourism and it only use for tourist purpose. Boats are registered as ships under (under Sri Lanka flag) Ministry of Ports and Aviation. (Merchant Shipping Division) Passengers are on the boat insured by Sri Lanka insurance cooperation. During the Whale watching trip we will provide mineral water and snack.

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