The oceans surrounding Sri Lanka are becoming increasingly popular as it offers some of the best opportunities to get a first-hand experience of Sri Lanka’s diverse marine life. Whale watching in Sri Lanka is a must experience and is one of those opportunities which are quite rare and unique to Sri Lanka. If you’re planning a trip to Sri Lanka, make sure you traverse deep into the oceans and catch a glimpse of these majestic marine mammals.
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Here are 07 things you must know before you plan your trip;
1. What kind of Whales will you encounter?
If you’re up for Blue whale watching in Sri Lanka, here’s your chance! The coast off Mirissa and Trincomalee are famous for Blue whale sightings, so make sure you witness some of the world’s largest mammal in its own habitat. Sri Lanka is also famous for Sperm Whales, they’re the second most common Whales in Sri Lanka and are mostly sighted in the southern shores.
2. When is the Whale watching season?
Picking the perfect time to visit Sri Lanka? Consider the Whale watching season before you plan! The season for Whale Watching in the East Coast around Trincomalee is from May to October. The season for the Whale sightings in the Southern coast is from November to April, this is also the Mirissa Whale watching season. These seasons mostly depend on the monsoons and the nature of the sea, so make sure you plan accordingly.
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3. What is the best time to go Whale watching?
Whale watching is most definitely for the early birds, so make sure you depart the shores at least around 6/6.30a.m. to guarantee a sighting. While you’re at it, you can also indulge yourself to the view of the rising sun right from your boat!
4. What precautions should you take
The rise in currents, might make the journey a tad bit harder for the first timers and if you usually suffer from motion sickness, so make sure you take along the required pills, just as a precaution. Seafaring is almost always perfectly fun!
5. Is Whale watching safe?
It is safe as long as you follow your guides instructions and maintain a reasonable distance between yourself and the mammals. While you stay at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, our inhouse naturalists and tour guides will curate a safe and enjoyable whale watching excursion for you!
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6. What should you take?
Don’t forget the usual beach gear such as your sunglasses, beach hat and sunscreen to keep you safe from the sun, and anything else you might need as you will be at sea for around 5-6 hours.
7. Where should you stay?
If you’re still not sure where you want to stay while you engage in whale watching, we at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts have the perfect solution for you! If you’re whale watching in Trincomalee, Trinco Blu by Cinnamon would provide the perfect combination of comfort and adventure for you! You can pick one of our locations situated along the southern coast and we will curate your Whale watching excursion to Mirissa and back to your comfort zone with us at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts.
Author: Shenella Fonseka