Whale Watching in Sri Lanka

Things to Know Before Whale Watching in Sri Lanka

When renting out luxury villas in Galle, Sri Lanka, you might want to check out the local marine life. Sri Lanka sits in the Indian Ocean in the migratory path of several species including the blue whale. Whether you’re looking for things to do in Koggala or in the vicinity, whale watching should surely be on your list. Here are some things to know before heading out to see the big blue in Sri Lanka.

What is the Whale Watching Season?

Travelling to the East Coast and hoping to catch a few whale sightings? then May to October is should be when you travel. Blue Whales and Dolphins can be seen off Trincomalee during this time. On the Southern coast, whale sightings are from November to April. The monsoons and tidal patterns dictate the ideal dates as tour operators like to stay safe so keep these months in mind.

What is the best time to go Whale Watching?

Boats set out around 6.30am in the morning to catch the feeding time of Whales. It takes 2-3 hours to get to the deep sea where whales are found, so a round trip can last up to 5-6 hours. So for those renting out luxury villas in Galle, should plan to leave early.

What Whales can you encounter around Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka’s South Coast is known for Blue Whale sightings. These creatures find feeding grounds in the sea off Mirissa and Trincomalee. Sperm Whales are usually sighted further away from shore.

What kind of precautions do you need to take?

There are some things to know before embarking on a whale watching tour  in Sri Lanka. If you are prone to motion sickness, take precautions and bring along the required pills. Some tour organizers might have it in stock but it is always best to have your own medication on hand. 

Is Whale watching Safe?

Of all the things to do in Koggala, whale watching is no more dangerous than any other excursion. However, it helps to do your homework on your tour provider. There is the requirement to maintain a safe distance between the mammals and the boats. Check if the tour guides are qualified in lifesaving, diving and swimming. Also make sure to wear your life jacket even if you know how to swim.

What should I bring?

You will be spending hours in the middle of the Ocean, so apply sunblock and wear sunglasses. A wide brimmed hat with a fastener under the chin will shield you and won’t be blown away. A waterproof camera might be a smart option in case of spray.