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Whale & Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is becoming a major spot for watching Whales and Dolphins and it is one of the finest wildlife destinations on the planet. The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern, Eastern or the West coast of Sri Lanka

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Whale and dolphin watching is a seasonal activity in Sri Lanka, available on the west coast in locations from Kalpitiya and along the south coast from November to March while the east coast off Trincomalee is preferable from June to September. 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

Marine Madness

The best way to go dolphin watching is through your hotel, and we're pretty sure most of them boutique hotels in Sri Lanka, if not all of them organize dolphin tours or if you’re staying in a hotel closeby like Mosvold Hotels you can contact a tour operator who organizes whale watching trips. For optimum chance of seeing the whales and other marine animals it is best to travel between the months of November and April

The wildlife

The Blue Whales, Fin Whale, Sperm Whales, Bryde’s Whales are permanent residence whales in South Coast and usually those whales able to spot in South Coast. Humpback Whale and Killer Whales are migrating whales. The migrating whales are able to spot December to February period. Risso’s Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Rough-Tooth Dolphin, Spinner Dolphin and Finless Porpoise are commonly available in Sri Lanka Coast.

It’s a YOLO kinda excursion

The tour is a half day attraction. If you get seasick, maybe take a pill. You might spot around 400 dolphins crossing the ocean. It’llI be incredible to see them being wild and free, jumping over the ocean in pure joy. As anyone who has been on one of these excursions will tell you, it is an unforgettable experience. Whether you choose to go out with a group on a large observation boat, or opt for a more exclusive experience on a smaller speedboat, the image of one of these majestic creatures breaking the surface of the ocean, appearing as if out of nowhere, is one that will stay with you for life.

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