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Whale Watching in Mirissa

Sri Lanka is now widely regarded as one of the best places in the world to see whales. The island’s shoreline lies unusually close to the continental shelf, the point when the ocean floor drops dramatically and where larger marine life is found, and so it does not take too long to reach these deep waters from Sri Lanka’s western, southern and eastern coastlines. Whale and dolphin watching is possible from Kalpitiya, Bentota and Mirissa between December and April, and from Trincomalee and Pasikudah on the east coast between June and August, but Mirissa is widely thought of as the best place for whale watching in Sri Lanka.

Set out from Mirissa Harbour in the early morning and watch as spinner dolphins spiral and soar through the air beside the boat. Look out for other marine life too, including flying fish and sea turtles, as you move further out into the ocean. The conditions of the water surrounding Sri Lanka are particularly good for sperm whales and blue whales, and there is a 90% chance of spotting one on a whale watching expedition between December and March. The whole journey will last approximately three hours.

As well as public ‘join-in’ whale watching experiences, we can also arrange a private boat for you and your party which can hold a maximum of ten people. Additionally, we also offer a half-day (seven hours) whale watching experience which is a bit more luxurious: see Sri Lanka’s marine life from the comfort of a private catamaran, complete with experienced crew and a chef who will whip-up breakfast and lunch for you as you sail, and try a spot of snorkelling and stand-up paddle-boarding on your way back to shore.

Mirissa Water Sports

Public ‘join in’ boat rides are on offer each morning at approximately 6am. This is the cheapest whale watching option (approximately LKR 5,000 for adults and LKR 2,500 for children) but boats can be slow and overcrowded.


Borderlands offers public and private whale watching experiences. The private boat can hold a maximum of ten people.

Sail Lanka

Sail Lanka provides a comfortable private catamaran with a well-equipped kitchen that the chef will use to cook a delicious breakfast and lunch for those on board. You will also have the opportunity to do some snorkelling and paddle-boarding on the way back to shore. This experience lasts approximately seven hours.

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