Can anyone confirm whether the Jetwing Lighthouse Galle can arrange a whale watching trip or can anyone recommend a good operator. Going December 11.
Thanks guys much appreciated
We went whale watching through the hotel with their resident naturalist.
There is a 45 minute minibus trip to Mirissa leaving at 6am then you get the boat. The hotel will arrange breakfast boxes.
I wasnt keen but my husband wanted to go. In the end I really enjoyed it and we got to see 10+ blue whales and spinner dolphins. Altogether a very enjoyable trip.
We're going in April. Is mid April a good time for whale watching?
It's towards the end of the season. The boats will probably run but less guarantee for sightings. Call a few times before and inquire about counts of what they saw, if the trend is closing to zero then doubt about spending your money...
All the best,
<Erik> & [Sandya]
I thought it wasnt really the right time. I think we'll do it next time we go.
Yes Erik is right.. Its the end of whale watching season in Mirissa. Specially after the sinhala-hindu new year (13th and 14th of april) the sea condition is also not good for whale watching.
Light house resident naturalist Anoma is the most experienced naturalist for whale watching in Sri Lanka.
You can also have a look at the MTR I did few weeks back:
Also, I would advise NOT to use the Sri Lanka Navy boat (operating from Galle harbour) as this is a massive 300 seater and seems to scare off whales. It was reported that for a day two after a trip by this boat, the whales either not seen or had gone further away. the engine noise aparently is far too much.
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We are going to Bentota in December and wated to know if one could go Whale watching from Bentota itself? and are there any good tour operators one can recommend.