Whale Watching from Bentota (Private Day Tour)>
This tour gives you an opportunity to see the biggest mammals on earth, the whales, in their natural habitat. Get a chance to see blue whales, sperm whales and fin whales as they swim in the waters to the south of Sri Lanka. Gain more knowledge about the whales as a species from a qualified naturalist and learn to identify them. This tour gives you a responsible whale watching experience with a minimal imprint on nature.
- Hotel pick and drop off.
- Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English-speaking chauffeur.
- 1 Whale watching tour in Mirissa.
- 1 Liter of bottled mineral water per person.
- All taxes & service charges.
- Meals where not specified.
- Gratuities (Optional).
- Expenses of personal nature.
What to expect
You will be starting your tour from your hotel in Bentota at 4:30 am. Your chauffeur will be picking you up from your hotel and driving you to Mirissa. You will be met by your boat tour guide at the piers of Mirissa. You will start your whale watching tour at 6:30 am. 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 behaviour. 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. After the tour, you will return to your vehicle and you’ll get back to the hotel by 01:30 pm, completing your tour.