Whales and Dolphins
Whale and Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka
Going whale and dolphin watching as a tourist attraction has only really come up since the civil war ended in 2009. It is still relatively affordable in Sri Lanka, when compared to countries like Australia, and you have a 90% chance of actually seeing any, if you’re at the right spot at the right time.
The best place on the island to go whale and dolphin watching is Mirissa, on the Southern coast in between Galle and Matara, also a renowned surfing spot. And the best time of the year to do it is from November through April.
There are many companies offering those boat rides at just about the same price, but the ones you’re looking for are the ones who adhere to the WDCS (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society) criteria. One of the most important criteria being: not going to close so as not to disturb the animals. Bring a tele-lens! Oh, and when offered seasickness pills, be sure to take them, as the boats are rather small and tend to be quite rocky when out on sea. Asian Island can help you make the best choice for you, your time schedule and budget.