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Whale watching with a marine conservationist

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Sri Lanka’s unique location just underneath a giant continent and touching three different oceans (the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian sea,) means that many migratory marine species can be found in the waters surrounding the island. Dolphins and whales, in fact, have become such a common sight in Sri Lanka that a sighting is almost 90% guaranteed during the whale watching season. Sri Lanka’s waters are filled with a diverse array of fascinating animals such as dugongs, whale sharks, and rare species of marine turtle, but on a whale watching trip you can expect to see something a little larger: blue whales, bryde’s whales, eden’s whales, sperm whales, spinner dolphins are all common sights and, if you are lucky, you might even see an orca whale. On this expedition you will set out with Sri Lanka’s leading marine conservationist for an opportunity to get up close and personal with the giants of the ocean.

Experience Overview

Leaving shore at 6.30am you will head out for your whale watching expedition under the guidance of your host, a marine conservationist who knows the Sri Lankan oceans like the back of his hand. As you sail out to sea, your host will begin to introduce you to the many forms of marine life living in Sri Lankan waters and explain about whale conservation and tracking. Your host is a top marine conservationist in the country who has conducted extensive research on marine life and contributed to many scientific publications. He has also a discovered several mammal and spider species in Sri Lanka. He loves offering up stories about the abundant marine life to make your whale watching excursion even more interesting. Seeing these giant mammals in the wild whilst getting to know more about them is an unforgettable experience.

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Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

3 to 7 hours, depending on the type of boat booked for whale watching

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Moderate. We categorize this as Moderate because of the heat and 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

6.30am onwards

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

Cool, light clothing, a cap, sunscreen and your camera, sea sickness tablets to be taken 1.5 hours ahead of time.

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.

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

This experience is private.




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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