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Overnight whale watching

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For many years, the little island of Sri Lanka could only be reached by boat. It’s tropical inlets, islets and sandy shores were the first glimpses of the island that could be seen. These iconic images of the picturesque coast of Sri Lanka were enough to make visitors enthusiastically claim the island to be a paradise. Out on the Indian Ocean, however, there is more to admire than the skyline of palm trees and sand. Mysterious giants move through these waters: blue whales, sperm whales, orcas and dolphins use Sri Lanka as a passage between continents, making this a busy intersection for marine life. These whales surface during the early hours of the morning. Towards the middle of the day the sea is calm and the hot sun makes it impossible to resist the allure of a dip in the ocean or snorkeling along the coral reefs. In the evening stars light the night’s sky with an incandescent display of constellations. Spend a full day and sleep overnight on a luxury catamaran for a truly unique and unforgettable whale watching experience.

Experience Overview

Climb on board Jade, a brand new Catamaran complete with four overnight cabins that can accommodate up to eight guests. After a quick safety briefing you will sail out to Weligama Bay where you can try out snorkeling or take a swim in the warm Indian Ocean whilst the crew prepares dinner for you. Dinner is a communal affair with a full 3 course meal served at a table on the back deck. Spend the evening star gazing, drinking beers on the top deck, or just enjoying the calm of the ocean. The next morning a hearty breakfast complete with a selection of teas (or the option of coffee) will be served at around 6am. We recommend taking a dip into the sea before breakfast for the ultimate waking up experience – the water is warmer than you think in the morning. After breakfast the boat will head towards the deeper water in search of whales. You will sail out for around 3 hours until you reach the whale watching area. The top and main decks are the perfect places from which to watch the display of whales surfacing briefly before disappearing back down into the deep. After whale watching, head back to Weligama Bay for another chance to snorkel, swim and then enjoy a three course lunch before you head back.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Boat ride, experienced crew and skipper, snorkeling gear, stand up paddle board, freshly prepared breakfast, three course lunch and dinner, water.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Approx. 22 hours

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Moderate. We categorize this as Moderate because of occasionally rough seas which may cause sea sickness at certain times of year.

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Yes, children will love it

Times:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

3,30pm – 1.30pm the next day

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Cool, light clothing, a cap, sunscreen, your camera, sea sickness tablets to be taken 1.5 hours ahead of time, and a jumper as it can get a little windy on the boat at night.

Important to know:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

Depending on the weather, the ride can be a little bumpy. Take anti-sickness tablets ahead of time. For protocol reasons you are compelled to wear a life jacket as you leave the harbour.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is not private unless you book out the entire boat (4 cabins)




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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