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Snorkeling with Whales in Mirissa
4.5

Snorkeling with Whales in Mirissa

By ZRI Adventures
Recommended by 92% of travelers
92% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 18-60, max of 10 per group
Duration: 4h
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Mirissa, Sri Lanka
    We provide transport in a tuk tuk
Pickup details
  • We can pickup from any point around Mirissa
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 125344P20

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • If no whales are spotted, the booking can be reschedule
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      How much is Snorkeling with Whales in Mirissa?
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      Snorkeling with Whales in Mirissa cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Snorkeling with Whales in Mirissa on Tripadvisor
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      On average, this experience will take approximately 4h. Discover and book Snorkeling with Whales in Mirissa on Tripadvisor

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      • ZRI Adventures
        133
        Colombo, Sri Lanka
        Joined in February 2019
      • 533edenc
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Experience!
        We saw so many turtles so close up! We even got to feed them! It was incredible to be so close to these beautiful creatures. It was delayed by 4 hours but I was told about this in advance so it was okay.
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        Turtle snorkeling
        We had a really nice time, saw the turtles really good and also some beautiful fish. The crew was very friendly and helpful. The communication with them via whats app was easy and ee also got some wonderful pictures and videos for the memories :) We fully recommend this agency.
        Written April 11, 2024
      • Jet13554703563
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Snorkelling with turtles
        Fantastic experience. Staff were friendly and helpful, and they went above and beyond to ensure we got to swim with turtles, providing a memorable day for all our family. Would definitely recommend.
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      • Mandy967
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing trip
        We cannot recommend this trip highly enough. We booked this trip as my two daughters age 9 and 10 desperately wanted to swim with turtles. The company were brilliant due to the weather they contacted us to ask if we could reschedule to ensure there was visibility to see the turtles. Of course we said yes. The communication was excellent and we went out today. They sent two tuk tuks to collect us from our hotel. We got to the dive centre and kitted us out in flippers and masks etc. the children were given life jackets. We went out in a boat and within in minutes were swimming with turtles ….AMAZING!!! The staff were excellent they had one person with each of the children which was reassuring for myself and my husband. We swam with turtles for a good hour. What an experience. Staff so friendly and helpful. Great trip.
        Written April 3, 2024
      • Explorer55212357695
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Andrenalin Rush
        The wall climbing was very well organised. I was given clear directions and instructions. The venue itself was clean and staff was very professional and friendly. It was my first time climbing but they made sure I was comfortable. The climb itself was a great experience. I really enjoyed it. I will definitely go again and invite friends to join me. I had a great time
        Written March 27, 2024
      • K1934MMsteveg
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The best you will find.
        Absolutely fantastic, language barrier actually made it even more fun. The guide was great and we had such a laugh. We had 3 mid twenty year old guys and us 2 right side of 70 (saying no more) year olds and what a day ,waterfall abseiling, whitewater rafting rock jumping, water sliding, Zip li e li to tha water, and let's not forget jumping over the side to go down the weir Solo. Brilliant day. Young or old fo for it you will love it we did.
        Written March 14, 2024
      • 294blancak
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Snorkeling with turtles
        Flexible, helpful personnel, can recommend. I went with my father, we had amazing experience. Lifelong memory, thank you!
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      • Daniellelee2242
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        An amazing experience
        I had very low expectations of diving in Sri Lanka. We were here for a land tour but I thought while I’m here will have a few dives you never know. Well I was pleasantly surprised. We had 2 dives with scuba dive it Kalpitiya. They were very professional , safe divers and very friendly dive crew. The dive sites were full of fish and the boat landing back to sure was so much fun. Would highly recommend then. We followed the dive with lunch at the sea view cafe run by the dive owners mum. OH my god the best food I have ever eaten. The flavours she got into her food were incredible. Overall was a wonderful experience. Highly recommend this company.
        Written March 10, 2024
      • 554ceciliet
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        turtle snorkeling
        had such a good time snorkeling with turtles!! We saw so many, and the staff was super helpful and sweet! Can only recommend going🥰
        Written February 22, 2024
      • R6915MLannav
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing!
        Very nice! The guides take their time to show you the beautiful fish, coral and turtles ! Cool experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Written February 6, 2024
      • maciejsR1241TC
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Waterfall Abseiling, Rafting, and Canyoning
        Fantastic adventure! The main attraction, that is, descending the waterfall, is a huge adrenaline kick. Rafting also turned out to be amazing, especially with such beautiful landscapes. Slides and jumps into the water during canyoning are pure fun, though it requires overcoming some initial hesitation! For the trip itself, I recommend comfortable water shoes (ours worked excellently) and don't be afraid to bring your phones for taking photos - you'll get a waterproof bag, although the only real risk of it getting submerged is during rafting.
        Written February 4, 2024
      • Ben W
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic half day activity
        This was a really fun few hours with a variety of different water activities which I would not hesitate to book again. The experience included rafting, a zip line into the river and sliding down and jumping off rocks into the water. The guys running it kindly took photographs and videos of us during the experience which we really appreciated. The experience was also exclusive for me and my partner rather than a group experience. The end to end experience lasted for around 3 hours. I would recommend water shoes if you have them and swim shorts to avoid scratching your legs when sliding down the rocks.
        Written February 2, 2024
      • V3634RWjennyh
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing jungle water adventure!
        The organisation of this trip was very relaxed which was ideal for us. There were two leaders who ran the trip and I just felt like two friends had taken us out for the day! We loved the rock sliding and the rock jumping, I felt safe and well instructed the whole time. I would have never dared to do the rock jumping or sliding alone, so was really pleased to have two instructors showing us how to do it and that it was safe. White water rafting was shorter and calmer than expected but boating through the jungle, with monkeys swinging from the trees, while getting soaked by the rapids, was an experience I'll never forget. Life jackets are provided throughout but id recommend wearing shorts and t-shirt (not just a swimsuit/bikini) to help protect your skin from scratches during the rock sliding.
        Written February 2, 2024
      • F9915NLsarahm
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing time with the turtles !
        Absolutely loved my experience. Not only did we see an interact with gorgeous turtles in their natural habitat, but the staff went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience possible, including guiding smaller children gently towards the turtles, taking beautiful pictures and videos of us with our gopro all while respecting the turtles in our interactions with them. The manager is also extremely responsive and flexible as I was able to delay my activity for a few days until the conditions were perfectly optimal. Communication is perfect. Staff is great. Overall experience fantastic. Will definitely book again!
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      • mohammedmU2022WT
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      4.5
      4.5 of 5 bubbles25 reviews
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      ZOE RADFORD
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2022 • Couples
      Wow…what an experience!!

      We had the most amazing day with our tour guide! He went out of his way to get us the best views of the blue whales and multiple opportunities to snorkel alongside them - it was a truly unforgettable day!…once in a lifetime experience and really took our breath away.

      The guide gave us lots of interesting information about the whales. And there was the opportunity to snorkel with sea turtles after! Snacks and drinks also provided :)

      We were picked up from our nearby hotel and also dropped off again after…thank you so much for making it such an incredible experience!! Highly recommended!
      Zoe, Giles, Glenn and Maggie.

      Ps these photos don’t really do it justice…so much better in real life!
      Written April 18, 2022
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      Thank you for your lovely review! We are glad that we were able to make this memorable for you. Please do visit us again when you are back in Sri Lanka.
      Written April 27, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Kostas
      Athens, Greece7 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2022
      To start this review in a positive note, the crew did everything they could
      BUT
      This experience should NOT be suggested or sold to anyone!
      We were in the sea for almost 5 hours after paying 500 usd for 2 people. The way that this works is that the team sends a scouter from 6am to track the movement of whales, and then we get moving towards the scouter to see what’s the location of the whales. So for 5 hours we were trying to find them, rushing here and there towards an indicated location.
      Within these 5 hours I managed to see and swim with a whale for 1 second.. 1 SPLIT SECOND. The crew called me really lucky, so I can’t imagine what the rest had seen in the past. My partner wasn’t fast enough to jump from a moving boat in order to see them.
      So if you expect a concentrated volume of whales somewhere where you can snorkel with them, then this is not it. This is chasing for whales and you get a minor chance to see them underwater. When we complained, the company paid half the money to my partner, but not to me as 1 second of seeing a whale underwater is supposed to be something amazing.
      Most certainly not recommended and the team should not offer this activity to anyone. It’s a big money scam.
      Written April 10, 2022
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      We thank you for your feedback. We at ZRI Adventures are a customer satisfaction oriented company with a good reputation in Sri Lanka for its wonderful service in the tourism industry. Hence with that being our core value, we are sorry to say that there has been a misunderstanding. After investigating with our crew, we found out that everything was informed and clearly communicated to you and your partner. The Whales are the largest animal in the world and they are not concentrated or limited to one particular place. They roam around the ocean. Therefore we send a boat earlier to find out if there are Whales around and then take you because we don’t want to disappoint you not seeing anything. That’s the whole intention behind it. It was informed to you and your partner that the tour would take 4-6 hours and in case if we are lucky and spot Whales early, we could be back much earlier. What our crew meant by lucky is there are instances where we had gone for 4-6 hours and we weren’t able to spot Whales at all. That’s why we had mentioned that you were lucky to have seen Whales. We inform all our customers prior the adventure that in case if we are not able to spot Whales, we will take them again on another day free of charge or they will only have to pay 50% of the amount. This was informed to you and agreed upon as well. Once again we are saddened to hear that you are disappointed. Contact us and let us know what we can do to make it up to you.
      Written April 27, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Sherpa68627089317
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Couples
      That was amazing!! 🤩 we really really recommend that experience
      It was incredible the moment when we swam with the whale and the baby also! And we did it 3 times!! The guys on the boat were so professional they really knew when to jump on the water.
      We’ll never forget that for sure!!!
      Written March 12, 2024
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      Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation. We are glad that you had an amazing and unforgettable time with us. Looking forward to having you with us again.
      Written March 13, 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Jacqueline C
      Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2022
      Amazing and super fun experience. Was amazing to see the whales so close in such a small group. The chase to find them was almost as much fun as leaping in the water to see them dive under. Our guide and driver were fantastic and worked over and above to find us the whales and give us an amazing experience.
      Well organised, great communication before and after the trip.
      Written April 5, 2022
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      Thank you for your lovely review! We are glad that we were able to give you a memorable experience. Please do visit us again!
      Written April 6, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Alfredo R
      Olhao, Portugal93 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Did this tour yesterday and it was awesome!
      I booked In advance for a time slot during my stay in South Sri Lanka, and thanks to Zakib I was able to pick the best day according to the daily sightings and sea conditions. I work on a similar business and I know how communication is key for a successful trip - and that was very good from the beginning. Zakib provided daily updates that led to yesterdays successful trip.
      For the first hours we only saw a whale once that disappeared so we couldn’t go in. However, after a bit more of searching we found 2 blue whales feeding very close to shore. It was absolutely incredible to be in the water with these animals. The team didn’t give up on the search and did everything possible to get us with the whales and it totally payed off!
      They provide water, snacks and fruit for the journey which is a nice addition.
      Once again thank you !
      Written February 4, 2022
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Thank you for your wonderful and honest review! It was a pleasure hosting you. We are glad that you had a great time and enjoyed our services. Please do visit us again!
      Written February 8, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Isabelle K
      2 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Friends
      As amazing as it was to be so close with a magnificent blue whale, this experience felt non consensual with the whale and like we were chasing this whale around the Indian Ocean all day.
      The guides will spot a whale and drive the boat with its loud engine very fast as close as they can to the whale and scream “Jump out!!”. Whales have very sensitive ears so it felt like we were disturbing the whale.
      I was under the impression we would drive our boat ahead of the whales and wait for them to come close but that is not what happened and the reviews were all positive ones for this company. I should have done more research and asked more questions.
      Unfortunately, the experience is tainted for me and I think we need to spread awareness about these companies operating this way.
      Written December 15, 2023
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Thank you for your review. We try to do this experience as ethical as possible. Whales are usually fast creatures so we have to keep up with it so we have to be a little fast as well (It was a Fin whale that day, not a Blue Whale and they are the faster). Whales usually dive and travel at a certain rhythm so we can expect when it will dive and come to the surface again. As for the boat noise we try to minimize the noise as much as possible once the travelers get into the water with the Whale. We love Whales and wildlife so we try not to harm them in anyway in their natural habitat. We make sure the Whales are not harmed and the customers get a good view and snorkel with Whales at the same time.
      Written December 18, 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      althay r
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023 • Solo
      One of the best experiences of my life in Mirissa. I had been waiting years to come to Sri Lanka and snorkel with tin and blue whales. I got recommended Zri adventures as they are local, certified, respete of the maritime and wildlife laws. They really made an effort to search everywhere and I snorkel not only with dolphins and turtles but we saw a fin whale twice. The first one it was so close that majestic animal went down below my feet. The water was also crystal clear so I could see it so vivid in front of me. They also get in contact with the local fishermen so they know every morning the areas to explore. 10/10 experience
      Written April 11, 2023
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad that we were able to provide you with a memorable experience and make your dream come true. Please do visit us again when you are back in Sri Lanka.
      Written April 13, 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      promodya a
      Matara, Sri Lanka2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023 • Couples
      I went snorkeling with these guys it was really awesome tour I saw bunch of dolphins and two huge Whales while swimming underwater. really wanna thanks the guide and the captain of the boat they were really nice and helpful. I highly recommend this place if you in mirissa and want to snorkeling go with these guys 🤿🐋
      Written January 5, 2023
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Thank you for your review and recommendation. Please do visit us again and try other experiences as well.
      Written January 6, 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      theresajb
      Bath, UK23 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2022
      A fantastic experience. It was a once in a lifetime experience and we were amazed. The guides did their very best to make sure we had the best experience possible. Well worth the money as we were very lucky and saw two whales very clearly and got to swim a little
      With them to!
      Written April 6, 2022
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      Thank you so much for your honest review. We are glad that you had a great experience. Please do visit us again!
      Written April 7, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      indigoes224
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Solo
      I didn't manage to actually snorkel, but I thought I'd leave a review to appreciate how honest this company was. They were upfront that water visibility was very poor and we'd most likely not be able to spot whales, and gave us a full refund without any hassle. Also, it would be good to note that while the picture shows diving, it is actually snorkelling
      Written March 1, 2024
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      Thank you for your review! Really appreciate it.
      Written March 5, 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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