Mirissa is the most reliable place in the world to see Blue Whales – as many as many as 30 have been sighted in one day – yet scientists are still learning about them. Studies only started here in 2006 so there isn’t enough data yet to know exactly what their migratory habits are. Some believe they migrate to Mirissa each year from the Arabian Sea. Others think they never leave.
Nowhere else in the world do whales and dolphins venture so close to the coast and in such numbers as they do off Mirissa. The warm coastal waters off southern Sri Lanka merge with the colder waters of the continental shelf just 10 nautical miles offshore, creating a cycle of rising nutrients that provide nourishment for millions of krill – the tiny crustacean that feeds some of the largest whales in the world.
Sperm, Fin, Bryde’s, Humpback and even Killer whales, as well as large pods of Dolphins, are all seen regularly off the coast of Mirissa. But it’s the unrivalled prevalence of blue whales near Mirissa – and their accessibility – that places Sri Lanka at the top of the list of wildlife encounters that every person should try to experience.
Whale and Dolphin watching is an easy sport that you can take up during the months of December to April. All you need to take is a boat, few kilometers from the shore, which we can help you arrange. Experienced local guides can show you a good time in watching whales and dolphins off the coast of Mirissa.
Mirissa Whale Watching Trip Rates:
Rs.6000 per person (3 to 5 hours of trip)
Boat is fully insured and equipped with communication equipment, Life Raft and Life rings . Life jackets will also be provided. Bottled water and picnic breakfast will be provided during the trip.
All passengers will be provided a picnic breakfast.