Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday. Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka.
In warm Indian ocean you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and Striped dolphins. Sometimes you can see turtles and various fish species, for example Bluefin tuna and flying fish.
Usually boats leave at about 7.30am and time they travel depends on when you first see the whale. We came back to shore at about 1pm but previous day they reached to the shore at about 3pm.
I think all the boats are having similar facilities which includes morning tea, breakfast and some snacks with water bottle. But the boat provided by Sri Lankan army seems more stable in their journey with less vibrations compared to the other boats. All the boats race after the whale as they want to make their customers got best view.
The best season for Mirissa whale watching is said to be from November to April. The sea is not a calm and if you tend to get sea sick, it is advisable that you to take seasick pills on the morning of the trip (about 1-2 hours before you enter the boat).
Cost of a boat trip will range from LKR 4,000 – LKR 6,000. We used Raja and the Wales for our trip which cost LKR 6,000 per person.