Your Guide to Whale Watching in Mirissa – Every naturalist’s dream

The ocean around Sri Lanka is a habitat for a wide variety of marine life. Whale watching in Mirissa has become a popular holiday activity among many tourists who want to catch a glimpse of these breathtaking creatures of the ocean.


Dschen Reinecke, Sri Lanka-Trincomalee-Pigeon Island, CC BY-SA 3.0

Trincomalee | Image Credit – Dschen Reinecke, CC BY-SA 3.0

Trincomalee Bay, a natural harbour is among the most picturesque, deepest and largest of such harbours in the world. Among whale watching areas in Sri Lanka, Trincomalee has the shortest whale watching season.


Mirissa | Image Credit ; Arian Zwegers Via Wikipedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

Mirissa | Image Credit ; Arian Zwegers Via Wikipedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

The Mirissa whale watching the season from November to April is the longest with the peak being between December and January. Whale watching is a part of Sri Lanka tours organized by popular tour operators such as the Walkers Tours.


The Bar Reef, the largest coral reef in the country is located off Kalpitiya Peninsula 150 km north of Colombo. Whale watching boats can be rented from 80 boat operators trained and approved by the Department of Wildlife, who issue tickets for the trips.

Aerial Whale Watching

Taking a whale watching to new heights is whale watching from the air. This definitely is a more convenient option as there is no getting up at the crack of dawn or undertaking a five to seven hour trip on a crowded boat.

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Whale Watching in Mirissa – Observing nature the responsible way

Mirissa, Sri Lanka is located on the Southern coast of the country and is the most famous spot for whale watching. Although called whale watching, you are sure to spot more than Sperm whales, Blue whales, Fin whales, and Killer whales. You are also almost guaranteed a sighting of Spinner dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and Common dolphins. Thus, this tour is among the most sought after in Mirissa.

The boats usually leave the Mirissa harbour before seven in the morning as the best spotting is during morning hours. The sea is known to get rougher towards the evening, thus making it more difficult as the day goes on. Some of the tour packages provide breakfast on board the craft, as the session is expected to take anywhere between three to five hours. However, what you must keep in mind is that whale watching is an activity that is obtrusive to the natural way of life of these creatures. Thus, maximum care should be taken to not disturb them. This includes regulated speeds, as the engine sound could interfere with the whales; not attempting to swim with the whales; not trying underwater photography with the creatures around; not attempting to pet the dolphins; and of course, a great sense of environmental preservation. Therefore, when you are selecting a company to go on the tour with, check for their behaviour. Of course, you could talk with your resort, and if it is a place like Sri Sharavi Beach Villas they would have recommendations for you.

Before setting out, remember to take something to settle your stomach if you are a queasy person. You will also need a wide brimmed hat, a pair of sunglasses, sun block, and a lot of water. If you are staying at one of the higher end Mirissa Hotels, you could even request for a picnic basket to enjoy on board.

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Whale Watching in Mirissa – Giants of the Ocean

Sri Lanka is one of the most resourceful islands of the Indian Ocean and these have been one of the key factors to attract large number of tourist. The ocean around the island is also blessed with a wide variety of resources such as the corals and the marine life due to this Whale and Dolphin watching also has become a popular activity among tourist in the recent past.

Mirissa in the South has become a popular hub for Whale and Dolphin watching. Mirissa hotels provide are an excellent choice for tourist to stay in the town itself and explore more of the town. One of the highly recommended hotels by past tourist is Sri Sharavi Beach Villas. Set on the beach side these villas are comfortably designed and combine luxury as well as include the natural beauty of the surroundings where ever possible.

Some of the species you could spot in the ocean surrounding Mirissa are, Blue Whale, Bryde’s Whales, Sperm Whale, Fin Whales and sometimes even Killer Whales. Some of the common Dolphin species that you can spot around the area include Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphins, Spinner Dolphin’s, Risso’s Dolphin and Striped Dolphin. The Whale watching season in Mirissa starts in November and ends by April. If lucky there is a possibility to spot Whales during October and after April given the seas are not rough.

There are various tour operators operating from the Mirissa Harbour through whom you can book a tour there are different types of boats to pick from such as the observation boat as well as the speed boat which is ideal for 10 people.

There are other attractions around Mirissa to keep you occupied during your stay, a walk around this old fishing village in itself is quite an advanture. However sitting back and relaxing the tropical sun is also not so much of a bad idea.

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