Whale & Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka
An exciting adventure that they will never forget
The peal of Indian Ocean recently becomes a popular hotspot for whales and dolphin watching. Today Sri Lanka is some of the best destinations to enjoy an intimate experience with gentle sea giants. Sri Lanka is situated within international whaling commission’s protected zone in the Indian Ocean.
Whales and Dolphin can be seen on the west coast in locations from Kalpitiya and along the South West Coast from November to March while the East Coast off Trincomalee is preferable from June to September. There are 80 species of cetaceans observed and identified worldwide. 26 are found in the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. Last year it was reported five types of whales (blue whale, bryde's whale, sperm whale, killer whale & pilot whale) & four kinds of dolphins (spinner dolphin, bottle nose dolphin, stripped dolphin, Risso's dolphin). According to the research the sperm whales was initially done in the seas of Sri Lanka. In 2003 it was initiated once again and it was found that the Indian Ocean waters surrounding Sri Lanka had the highest density of Sperm Whales in the world as well as providing life for the mighty Blue Whale – the largest animal on earth -- Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, and Dolphins. Most whale species found in the waters of Sri Lanka do not migrate long distances for feeding and breeding and therefore remain in the surrounding seas throughout the year.
High concentration of blue whales and sperm whales has been spotted in the seas off dondra head along the south cost Sri Lanka during the month of January to April. During these months there is 95% chances of spotting Sperm Whales and great chances of spotting Blue Whales as their migration path is just off Dondra Point. Our partners based in the south cost harbour and it is offers Whale and Dolphin watching excursions which can take up to three hours.
North West Coast
Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya is the best places if you are interested in seeing dolphins during December to April. Hundreds of Spinner Dolphins can be seen just minutes off the shores of Kalpitiya. Observed in pods, these Dolphins often swim alongside the boats and frolic in the seas -- a thrilling sight for children and adults alike.
The east coast off Trincomalee is preferable from June to September. The reason of that their north east monsoon feeding grounds off Trincomalee and their south west monsoon feeding ground is in the Arabian Sea.
As this activity involves a boat ride to the middle of the ocean, clients are advised that there are set safety standards to follow. Passengers will be allowed only according to the number of seats available, every client will be provided a life jacket, which should be worn at all times and always have to follow instructions.