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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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Beijing, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

if blue whales is what you want to see, this is the place to go to! if you are lucky, you'll see some dolphines and turtles too!

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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I am so happy that we chose a tour with Raja!! It was really different, with a respect towards the whales that other boat operators did not show at all, and we could observe the difference watching the other boats, Turned out to be such an amazing tour, with staff extremely friendly and treating us like princes (the breakfast!!!!!!!!!!) and... More

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Edinburgh
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6 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Really enjoyed our trip with Raja & the whales. Raja and his crew were fantastic - very professional and they ensured everyone on board was very well looked after. They served tea and coffee, a big breakfast and lots of snacks to those who wanted. We were really lucky as we saw a large pod of orca whales very close... More

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South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Went on a boat trip with these guys. Didn't see any blue whales. Closest we got was about 100m away from some. In factwe were so far away that the guides couldn't even identify what type of whale it was. I've had much better whale encounters in South Africa and the day trip was pretty boring to be sure.

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