Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WHALE WATCHING IN SRI LANKA



Whale watching Sri Lanka




Whale and Dolphin watching 


 Whale  watching in Sri Lanka  has always been a very exciting activity.  The sights  that you get when you witness these beautiful and mammoth creatures is always thrilling. Dondra Point of down south in Sri Lanka is the main port of Whale Watching in Sri Lanka during December to April. Out of these months December, January and April are the peak months of sightings.

During these months there is 90% chances of spotting Sperm Whales and great chances of spotting Blue Whales.   Their migration path is just off Dondra Point in the Indian ocean. You are able to arrange Whale Watching Trips off Dondra Point in a fully insured trawler boat. It will last for 3 hours. Also there are good chances of spotting Spinner Dolphins also off Dondra. Ample of accommodation options are available.  Dondra point can be reach easily from Hikkaduwa, Galle, Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalle which are popular beach locations in Sri Lanka. Mirissa is the closest point to Dondra Point with good accommodation options.

DOLPHIN AT DAY  BREAK

The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly  glide past you.  When you embark on a whale  watching excursion off the Southern, Eastern or the West coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa) and Trincomalee while the sea off Kalpitiya teems with an abundance of dolphins.



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Kalpitiya which is situated in the north western part of Sri Lanka, is  one of the best spots for dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. You can witness massive pods of dolphins, even thousands at once, in their natural habitat. Kalpitiya is the best  for its beaches and boat rides, If you are there in November- December it is the right time to go out and see and see the Dolphins. Watching the delightful dolphins swimming alongside and diving under your boat, riding waves in perfect synchronization and twirling and leaping out of the water in a joyous display, is a magnificent experience and one that will be cherished for years to come.
The seas off Kalpitiya Peninsula became famous relatively recently – in 2005 – when large pods of Spinner dolphins were spotted. These dolphins were mainly found in an area that ran north-south parallel to the Kalpitiya peninsula, in-shore off the reef, which is commonly known as the ‘Dolphin Line’. Since then, Kalpitiya has become one of the top destinations for dolphin watching in Sri Lanka.

Dolphin watching in Kalpitiya and Mirissa 



Dolphin watching


Sri Lanka Coast Guards assures a safer season of whale watching at Mirissa This  is in the southern part of Sri  Lanka. With the whale watching season in Mirissa being in full swing and many local and foreign tourists gathering to the Mirissa harbor.
To ensure that the Regulations are adhered to by boat operators and tourists engaged in whale watching, the members of the Rohana Coast Guard base had been observing whale and dolphin watching activities.  The coast guards also make sure that the boat operators; crew and the tourists abide the safety precautions and regulations. Before and during their tour of observation.
The ‘Princess of Lanka’ is the largest vessel used for whale watching in Sri Lanka. It is operated by the navy from their base in Galle on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing at 7am. Foreigners are charged US$100 for a trip, which last 4 to 5 hours. Children aged 6 and older are charged US$50.

Travel in Navy Boats

As you would expect, you are in safe hands when you travel in Navy boats.  There is a bar on board the navy boat, and they provide a light breakfast. Whenever there were sightings of whales, there was a huge surge of tourists to that particular side of the boat. If you were not lucky enough to have been there already, you struggled to get a good view. You get a good view of Galle and the lighthouse as you enter and leave the naval base.

I would recommend this trip for tourists who are keen to see whales.. However, I think there are better tours for those who want some commentary and a more comprehensive whale watching experience.

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