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Atlantis Whales

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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
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Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa. Free breakfast. International captain license, life jacket, full insurance, medicine. Fishing tour. Group tour.
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Eike wrote a review Jan 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We are Very happy about Seen blue whales. Best team We got free breakfast and drinks. And we are very close to the whales today, Had a great experience with Atlantis whales Would very much recommend!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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MathieuL7519 wrote a review Aug 2019
Paris, France19 contributions22 helpful votes
AVOID - dangerous and a rip-off. Avoid absolutely. I very rarely write a negative review but I feel I have to as the safety of future passengers might be at stake. I certainly feel my safety and that of our three kids was placed at risk this morning and I would not wish that on anyone. The ship we took today should NEVER have sailed this morning. We took a whale-watching cruise today with Whale Watching Paradise with about 70 people. The weather was grey and rainy and the sea looked fairly rough. The staff said it was fine to go out. It was most definitely not. As soon as we left the harbor, the sea was very rough with 10 foot waves and lashing rain. None of the fishing boats had left the port – always a telling sign. I would estimate 50 of the passengers were sick for the entire journey. People started vomiting within 15 minutes of departure. Passengers were scared and freezing cold. My three kids were sick as were most people onboard. We turned back after about an hour but it took us a good hour and a half to get back to port because of the rough seas. We though we were going to keel over on several occasions. The captain and crew seemed fairly qualified and they were certainly doing their best but it seemed to me they knew full well that ship should not have left the port today. That decision –probably made by someone with an eye on the money (50 dollars a ticket – you do the maths…) - was dangerous and irresponsible. When we got back to shore (covered in vomit and soaking wet…) I complained to the captain and the staff. They offered me 20% back on my ticket if I did not complain online. One day, a tragedy will happen on this tour unless someone does something to stop this unbelievably reckless behavior. Avoid this tour absolutely. This was a scary experience. I think everyone onboard that ship is glad to be alive this evening. Ps: Of course, no whales or creature of any-kind was seen and no offer of any kind of refund was made. But hey...we're just happy to be alive!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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PLH Tours SRI LANKA wrote a review Jul 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka29 contributions5 helpful votes
I use Atlantis service for my clients as they do the right thing on whale watching, they have very experienced guides on boat to spot whales and the good thing is that they show us whales without disturbing to these giants.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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GlobeTrotters4001 wrote a review Mar 2019
Brisbane, Australia709 contributions224 helpful votes
I didn't have high expectations of seeing a blue whale. It is after all the biggest animal in the world and not the most easily sighted. So to get a glimpse would make me more than happy. I managed to see it surface from the rear three times and once as it came up alongside the ship and its sheer size was fully appreciated. We did this as part of our package tour. The whale company arranged for tuktuks to take all of us to the harbour. On the way you get a rather exhilarating ride in a very fast tuk tuk and get to see some really fresh fish just brought in st 6.30 by the fishermen. Condition of tuktuks vary as the ride back we were packed into a rather older model which was not very well sprung. But they deliver you right to their boat and you're on. The crew on this boat was very friendly. Tea or coffee on boarding, later a packed breakfast provided on the rude out - but decline if you are prone to sea sickness. I kept my stomach empty. It was a wet hour's ride to the whale spot - quite bouncy, choppy seas. All the boats of course are going to be lots of lookouts for each other so watch their lookouts and look at where they're pointing. But the racing to each spout sighting was quite fun. But the best sighting was when we were just stopped and waiting because during one of these times a blue whale came right up alongside the boat we were on and you saw its very long back. I have no photographic evidence as it's too much to photograph and not get sick, so I just enjoy the moment. You are not alone out at the whale site. There are boats everywhere but from my perspective they didn't seem to harass the whale - they would speed to a spout, slow down and then just "bop" about on the water waiting the next spout. Turtles, spinner dolphins completed our marine sighting. The dolphins were so little and like all dolphins love riding alongside the boats. Some in the group saw a tail fluke. I've seen lots and lots of whales over my time and this was not the most comfortable experience for me as I get motion sickness but considering I was in the area anyway and I had the chance to see a blue whale and did, I was happy. On the sail back staff served fresh sweet pineapple and watermelon. The ride back was at least much smoother. The seas are variable, the whales do not perform on command, so scale your expectations accordingly. Some people may get better sightings than we did, but I was happy.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Octavian F wrote a review Feb 2019
London, United Kingdom192 contributions126 helpful votes
Great experience! We were treated like VIPs by the crew, which were super professional still genuine and doing everything possible for us to have the best time! They looked after each of the passengers, serving food, drinks, taking videos and photos, giving sickness tablets if needed and attending to everyone's needs! Highly impressive and most of all, they are so genuinely passioned about the wildlife, sharing knowledge and always on the lookout for wildlife to show us. Most importantly, we saw blue wale, tortoise, flying fish.... A delight! We couldn't have wished for a better time! Highly recommended even if the price might be higher than other operators. Totally worth it! (The name is a bit confusing as when we booked it was advertised as Atlantis Whales, but the ship was actually called Whale Paradise Cruise!)
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Date of experience: February 2019
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