Sri Lanka Whale Swim

USD $3,950.00

Experience the majesty and beauty of the Blue Whales in Sri Lanka.

Tour Dates 2023:

March 11-18
March 18-25
March 25-April 01

 

 

A 50% deposit is required to hold your spot on the tour. Full payment is required 3 months prior to departure. No refunds are available 90 days before commencement.

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Description

The Tropical waters  of Sri Lanka are home to a resident population of Blue whales. It is the best place on the planet to regularly see Blue whales and have the chance to swim with them. Sperm whales are also a migratory visitor with “super pods”  gathering around  March.

As well as Blue and Sperm whales, we commonly see Sei whales, Fin whales, Brydes whales, Minkes, Pilot whales, False Orcas and several species of dolphins. It really is a cetacean super highway !! We are also likely to  encounter Mobula rays and turtles.

Guest Cetacean Biologist

We are very fortunate to have resident Phd Biologist Ranil Nanayakkara on board for our tour!

Ranil has been studying Sri Lankas whales, dolphins and Dugongs for 20 years, he will be on board with us to continue his research and whale ID program to protect the blue whales. Ranil is a wealth of knowledge and experience in these waters and happy to share his whale wisdom with us. Any photos or videos we take will contribute to building a database of individual whales and geotagged locations futhering our knowledge of where and when these whales are moving around Sri Lanka. Part of your tour cost is a contribution to cetacean research in Sri Lanka and protecting these magnificent creatures.

We operate out of smaller, tiller steer boats  about 7-8 metres in length, launching off the beach at sunrise into the rising sun and the glassy Indian Ocean. Maximum 4 guests per boat to ensure your  whale encounters are  close, intimate and personal. We have 2 boats in radio contact that operate together to find whales and dolphins with 4 passengers on each. With two boats we are able to search a larger area and it is safer to work together.

Tropical water temperatures are  above 28 degrees C , a light neoprene or lycra  suit  is all that is required to protect you from the sun and wind.

Our skippers are experienced ex fishermen with great local knowledge and a network of local watermen who update us  hourly of whale activity. Typically we are back at our hotel by midday for a gourmet buffet lunch . That’s 6 hours on the water each day.

Our hotel is a luxury, waterfront resort with very comfortable rooms, air con and wifi. All rooms overlook the ocean. Meals  are included and the food is beyond fantastic, catering for western and asian tastes with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options as well as a wide selection  meat dishes and fresh seafood! The dessert options are decadent and divine.

We offer daily afternoon yoga classes with Kristina to relax and unwind.  Scott offers Freedive and underwater photography workshops to help improve your water skills.

The area is rich in cultural history, nearby is an ancient cliff top Shiva temple mentioned in the Ramayana well over 1000 years old. There is a spectacular Kali temple in town that has to be seen to be believed. All the sites are a close tuk tuk ride from our hotel. Ayurvedic massage and therapies are walking distance from the hotel.

We are also close to several national parks where you can see wild elephants, Leopards, Deer and monkeys in their oasis. A safari tour can be arranged by request.

Trincomalee is on the north east coast of Sri Lanka. The international airport is Colombo on the west coast, and it is approximately a 5-6 hour transfer.

Our group size is limited to 8 guests, thats just 4 guests in each boat to maximise your ocean encounters. Our package  is 7 nights with 5 days on the water and plenty of afternoon relaxation time for massages, shopping at the markets and relaxing.

Whats included

7 nights accommodation
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
5 days boat charter
Daily yoga
Freedive and Photography workshop
Shiva Temple and Kali temple tour

Transfers from colombo

Whats not included

International Airfares
Alcoholic drinks
Any extra purchases or services in the hotel
Tips for boat skippers.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your spot on the tour. Full payment is required 3 months prior to departure. No refunds are available less than 90 days prior to tour commencement.