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Raja & the Whales

Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa, Sri Lanka
+94 (0) 77 695 3452
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Mirissa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: We are a local family, providing environmental and sustainable whale watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka. We are very keen on protecting the whales and... more » Owner description: We are a local family, providing environmental and sustainable whale watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka. We are very keen on protecting the whales and also have been doing research about them for many years now. We are very proud that we are recommended in the new Sri Lankan lonely planet and by so many users of tripadvisor. Please help to protect the whales!For bookings please send us an email (anytime) or give us a call between 2 pm and 8 pm. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

What I loved about Raja and his crew is that they'll make sure you have a great time (bake you eggs for breakfast, are more excited then most of the tourist when they spot a whale and they're just really cool guys), but always respect the whales. Don't go for cheaper trips with former fisherman.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I appreciated this whale trip. The welcoming was very nice and as soon as you got on the boat, you got the seasick-pill (since the weather was not that good this day) and they served part of the breakfast. They also informed us where we were heading and they shared info regarding the how to drive towards the whales, the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

All the guidebooks we read said you can't go whale watching in July in Mirissa. they are wrong. Raja provided a great trip. We saw at least 5 blue whales and possibly 7 but over a 30 minute period we saw them time and again. It was a very instructive trip and good to see his passion to move ships... More

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

See the blue whales with raja...its a must do activity if you are in mirissa...I was confused with which service to choose but then raja & whales is really good and he is a experience sailor, who knows where the whales will be..

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The price is more expensive compared to our guest house owner offered , but the money is really worth it. The crew is very friendly and caring. The captain is experienced and explained to us what was expected. They keep the logs of the whale locations. We went today along with 3 other travelers. Although the monsoon season, if you... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Totally worth the early start and there is year-round shake watching, although in July you expect to see fewer whales on average. Very informative and conservation-based approach. Good breakfast is included too. Their stand is on Mirissa beach.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

There are many whale watching operators in Mirissa but Raja runs an ethical outfit. Having worked with the whales since he was a child he has a vast knowledge & an uncanny ability to find them - they almost come to him. He cares about the whales passionately & is involved in scientific studies & campaigns to help protect them.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Unless you feel like spending your day on a boat (which is nice but then don't pay that much, you can rent a boat for much less...) This is not worth it. The crew thinks they are god. They are definitely trained to look like professionals, but I wouldn't count on it. We saw some whales from far away. The... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I swam with whale sharks in the Philippines and that experience by far made a bigger impression on me. Apart from some very big cargo ships we did not see anything the first 4 hours. At noon we went back and came closer to the coast line. In this area more of the whale watching companies were active and the... More

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Wonderful tour to see whales, amazing experience in the see for the first time. captain Raja is a great lecturer and a researcher. he has given us a great information we never known before. Also we are so happy to see biggest animal in the world, the blue whale with the help of so friendly staff. Ranil he is also... More

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