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5 Things You Need To Know Before Going Whale Watching In Mirissa

The coastal town of Mirissa in Sri Lanka has become one of the best spots in the world for witnessing the majestic beauty of these oceanic marine mammals. Here are some things you need to know.

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Kind of Whales That Can be Seen

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The largest animal on the planet, the Blue Whale can be spotted in these waters, but that’s not all; Bryde’s Whales, Fin Whales and Sperm Whales have been seen too and if you are lucky you may even catch sight of Killer Whales.

Dolphins getting in on the act!


As an added bonus while on a whale watching tour, you also have a great chance of seeing dolphins in these waters; Bottlenose, Spinner, Risso's and Common dolphins are amongst the playful species that you may spot.

Planning an excursion

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It is easy to find vessels and tour operators in Sri Lanka that offer whale watching excursions. The Sri Lanka Navy operates a boat that has become a popular choice, though hotels in the region like Mosvold Villa organise whale watching outings too.

Season & Times


In Mirissa, the best time for whale watching is between November and April. While other times of the year you do have a chance to see these marvels of the ocean, the seas can get rough. Tours generally begin around 07:00am at Mirissa Harbour and usually last around 3 to 5 hours.

Motion Sickness


One thing you do need to keep in mind; when the boat’s a rocking, your stomach gets rolling! Look into bringing along motion sickness tablets especially if it’s your first time out to sea.

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