Whale Watching from Hikkaduwa (Private Day Tour)
This 5-hour private tour offers you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the biggest mammals in the world, the whales. It also ensures that you have a responsible whale watching experience.
- Learn more about whales and about the whales that inhabit Sri Lankan waters.
- Have the guidance of a qualified naturalist.
- Watch the whales responsibly from a safe distance with a lighter imprint on nature.
- Whales are best seen between December and April.
- Unlimited bottled water.
- Welcome with tea and coffee.
- Packed breakfast and fruits.
- Coconut drink (Refreshments).
- Hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Boat Fees.
- All Taxes.
- Entrance Fees to Whale watching.
- Food and drinks, unless specified.
- Gratuities (optional).
What to expect
You will be met by your tour guide at the piers of Hikkaduwa. You will start your Whale Watching Tour at 5:00am. The boat will take two hours to reach the place where whales are commonly seen. It is recommended that you bring a packed breakfast with you. However, please be environmentally conscious and avoid littering.
Sri Lanka has many types of whales inhabiting its waters. The whale population around Mirissa, which lies on the southern coast of the island, includes blue whales, sperm whales, fin whales, occasional orcas, and many types of dolphins. They are best seen between the months of December and April, when the seas are comparatively calmer.
Your boat will be reducing speed and engine noise as you approach the site where whales are most seen. You will be stopping at a safe distance of at least 300 feet away, with your closest approach being a 100 feet. This tour will allow you to watch the whales responsibly with minimal environmental impact.
Your naturalist on board will give you more information on the whales and their behavior. He will also assist you with identifying the whales that you see. Look out for the spout of air and water, which signifies a whale coming up to breathe. You will be spending approximately an hour at the site, watching the whales. Ensure that you do not disturb the whales.
You will be completing your tour and will be dropped off at the pier by 11:30 am.
Drive time may change due to unpredictable road traffic. Photography stops on the way can be arranged
but within locations with reasonable parking areas.