Pick-up location and time: Colombo, Kalutara, Bentota, 0400 hrs
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Whale Watching Tour Colombo


Go in search of whales on this southern Sri Lanka whale-watching cruise from all hotels on the west coast and Colombo. You will be picked up early morning from the hotel and drive to Mirissa. With the life vest, board the 50-foot (15-meter) luxury whale watching cruise and venture onto the Indian ocean in search of Blue whales, with an expert skipper and crew.

Savor a continental breakfast and tea or coffee as you sail to areas frequented by whales. Watch for species such as blue, sperm, killer, humpback and pilot whales in the waters, snap once-in-a-lifetime photos and look out for other marine creatures, including dolphins and sea turtles.

After the whale watching cruise (2-4 hours), start your return journey to the hotel. Stop at Unawatuna beach, Sea turtle conservation centre, spice garden, Hikkaduwa beach, and Bentota beach as you make the return journey to your hotel.

Explore the iconic tourist attraction on the south coast, the Galle Fort, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. You will be doing a guided walking tour with your driver/guide along the labyrinthine of cobbled streets. The medieval city built by the East Indian company hides thousands of buildings with old Dutch architecture. Visit Many hundred years old churches including the Wolvendaal church, moats, temples and colonial palaces. Jump onto the moat and enjoy the breathtaking view over the wide-open Indian Ocean.

After the Dutch Fort stop at Hikkaduwa beach and Bentota beach to enjoy the mesmerizing beaches. Afterwards, make a stop at the Ariyapala Mask museum of Ambalangoda. This is the only museum on the island dedicated to traditional masks. Here you can see many hundreds of masks, many of them are originated a long time ago.

If the time permits you will be visiting a sea turtle conservation center on the west coast and learn about the endangered sea turtles.


Overview

  • 100% safe super grade luxury passenger cruiser.
  • Licensed by the Government of Sri Lanka.
  • You will get one of the most comfortable whale watching cruiser in Mirissa.
  • The spacious upper deck, allowing everyone on the upper deck for a wider and deeper view.
  • Specially designed for whale watching adventure trips WITH SPACE around for observation. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.
  • Morning Tea/Coffee| Breakfast | Bottled water | Fruits & Snacks- all these free onboard.
  • We follow international whale watching guidelines & best practices issued by the Whales & Dolphin Conservation in the UK.
  • Two licensed captains | six lifeguards with international licenses | one naturalist on board for live commentary.
  • Whale sighting rate is 99.9%.
  • If you don't see Whales, You can have the tour next day free.
  • Your pick up time to be informed by Phone or on WhatsApp or by email soon after your booking is made.

Activities available on this trip

  • Sail onto the Indian Ocean to spot blue, pilot, sperm and other species of whales.
  • Watch for other wildlife such as dolphins, whale sharks and sea turtles.
  • Enjoy a light breakfast and morning tea or coffee as you sail.
  • Life vests and safety equipment fitted onboard.
  • See a collection of hundreds of ancient masks and learn the mask carving.
  • Visit moonstone mines.
  • Sea turtle conservation centre.
  • Walking tour in the Galle Fort (UNESCO world heritage site).
  • Family-friendly cruise with hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Trip includes

  • Hotel pick-up from Colombo, Kalutra or Bentota.
  • All-inclusive whale watching boat tour (entrance fee, boat trip charges, breakfast)
  • Entire ground Transportation as per the tour itinerary in an air-conditioned, luxury, private vehicle.
  • English speaking driver/guide (please inquire for other languages).
  • All entrance fees and activity cost.
  • Guided walking tour of Galle fortress.
  • Hikkaduwa beach.
  • Highway toll.
  • All government taxes, insurance fee.

Trip excludes

  • Lunch.
  • Gratuities.

Cancellation policy

Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival for a full refund


Choose your payment method

We offer you mainly three payment options card payments, bank transfers or payment on arrival. You can choose whatever is the most convenient payment option for you. If you opt for payment on arrival we will collect a 10% advance payment from you as a guarantee, once the booking is confirmed. 


Book now & pay later

Reserve your tour now and pay when you meet us. Send us the duly filled tour booking form, and we will arrange your tour you can make the payment as you meet us on the first day of the trip.


Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers.
  • Pickup and drop-off from more than 140+ hotels on the west coast.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Time : 4:00 am

COLOMBO / MIRISSA

Meet and greet by seerendipity tour representative at your hotel (04.30 am) and drive to Mirissa harbour.

Board the whale watching boat at 0630 am and set to the sea, the whale watching trip lasts between 3 to 5 hours return transfer.

WHALE WATCHING MIRISSA

The warm Indian Ocean of southern Sri Lanka is the best place to spot a wide variety of whales & dolphins. There are 26 different species of whales and dolphins traversing this region such as Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales and also includes the well-loved common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and striped dolphins.

The south tip of Sri Lanka is the easiest place to see blue whales in a very short time. And especially Mirissa & Weligama areas are the well-known spotting places of the blue whales in the entire world. Sperm whales, right whales, killer whales, whale sharks, turtles, and kinds of dolphins also spotted in this part of the island all around the year.

After whale watching trip return to hotel, en-route visits,

TURTLE CONSERVATION CENTER

Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtle digs a hole on the Beach, Lays hers eggs and covers it with sand where it is supposed to, incubate by the heat of the sun. What often happens is, the eggs are dug out by fisherman and sold to people who consume them.

But now the eggs are bought up by the conservation projects and are hatched the Natural way in enclosed areas where the Birds don’t have a chance of picking them up and the babies are let into the sea after two days at night time which offers them a better chance of survival.

SPICE GARDEN

Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early seafaring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.

CITY OF GALLE

Galle is one of the ancient seaports of Sri Lanka and was an anchor point in the Silk Route. It was later discovered by the Portuguese where they built a fortress and the Dutch that succeeded them fortified it further. This fortress is today a World Heritage Site.

GALLE FORTRESS

The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the "Ramparts of Galle", withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of coastal area Galle town. It has been since restored. The Galle Fort also houses the elite Amangalla resort hotel, located near the Dutch Reformed Church. It was originally built in 1684 to house the Dutch Governor and his staff. It was then converted into a hotel and named then as the New Oriental Hotel in 1865, which catered to the European passengers travelling between Europe and Galle Port in the 19th century.

UNAWATUNA BEACH

Unawatuna Beach is located just south of Galle, the main city in the south and 125km from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. This 4km expanse of palm-fringed sand is said by some to rank amongst the twelve best beaches in the world. This beach is a paradise for all those who yearn to enjoy the silence of the sea and dive deep into the blue waters of the ocean. There is a reef protecting the beach, which makes it perfectly a safe haven for bathing. Other major attractions of this southern beach include shallow waters for swimming and diving. Within its reach, there is an accessible, reasonably well-preserved coral reef that serves as the base for snorkelling.

HIKKADUWA

Hikkaduwa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Sri Lanka. It is 98 km south of Colombo and its beautiful beaches a lot of glamour to this town. It is the place where you can have a glimpse of the fascinating underwater world and see the creatures that inhabit the unfathomable depths of the sea. The famed coral gardens are located here. Just get hold of a glass-bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and plunge into the ocean.

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  1. Roula:

    We managed to see some dolphins, a blue whale and 3 hump back whales together just beside the boat. Amazing once in a life time experience

  2. Sylvia:

    We were fortunate enough to see three huge blue whales that kept swimming around our boat. We enjoyed watching them very much and the crew of the ship did an excellent job informing us of where they were.. a really great tour!

  3. Dany:

    Multiple opportunities to see the whales. Great experience all around. Very informative and a pleasant day made for an overall wonderful time

  4. Ann:

    The whale watching tour was very convenient, because it includes free pick up from hotel. The crew was very kind and very helpful. They provided us with freed breakfast, all included in the package. We saw around 5 whales including blue whales and Brady whales. There were hundreds of dolphins. Crew members were very good at their job and they knew where the whales to be found. They told us about marine animals while we were on board. Our wonderful did not stop their and we visited many interesting places on southern Sri Lanka with our lovely guide Sam.

  5. Julie:

    We were able to do the trip after postponing the trip for two consecutive day, due to the bad weather. Our effort was well worth. We were able to spot four giant whales on our whale watching tour. I cant believe were juts few kilometers from the show, when we saw the first whale. After seeing few whale the boat turned back to the shore and tour ended very quickly. Since we had lot of time we had refreshing back in the Mirissa. The rest of the trip was also very good with Galle fort, Hikkaduwa beach, sea turtles, and herbal garden. It was a wonderful day.

  6. Lauren:

    This is the second trip we booked with Seerednipity. They did a great job with our first trip to Sigiriya. They never disappointed us. I must say that the whale watching to9ur was a great experience like the earlier trip. Journey started at 6 am. and ended around 10.30 am. Captain said that were lucky to see whales so quickly.

  7. Joseph:

    We thoroughly enjoyed the Whale watching tour. Only the down side of the trip is it starts very early morning.

  8. Gulmira mednt:

    First time on a whale watching trip. It as fun and very enjoyable. It is amazing how they spotted a whale in the vast ocean. We have seen several whales even babies among them

  9. lionel wendt:

    Excellent guide with a good knowledge of his country and people. He is well educated about the current crisis in Sri Lanka. It could have been an excellent trip if it was not an early morning trip. oevrall picture is good.

  10. jurgen sam:

    Good program with safe and secure cruise ship. It seems the staff is well aware whereabout the whales are. highly recommended.

  11. Philippa:

    Excellent trip with opportunity to take look into this fascinating creature. We were lucky enough to spot 3 gigantic whales and 1 small. It seems the crew is very experienced on the job and they were able to find the place where the whales were roaming without wasting time.

  12. Rebecca:

    We travelled as a groups (16 persons) and wanted to see whales in south coast. The local company did a great job organizing the tris as we wish. The tour was perfectly organized with many visits to places in south coast like Galle and many beaches. We had to leave our hotel in Colombo at very early morning at 0400 hrs. However, overall expeince is very good.

  13. Rolando :

    Perfect opportunity to see whales. I never thought that Sri Lanka was such a good place to spot. This was my first attempt to see whales in their natural habitat and it was well paid off. The trip was perfectly organized and highly satisficed with teh day trip.

  14. Pooty:

    Amazing day at the Mirissa. Really loved the mix between beach time, Galle Fort, and whale watching. We saw many blue whales, a couple of dolphins as well as few sea turtles. The breakfast was great with a huge variety of many types of food. Only down side was that the boat was a little bit crowded with all of our lifejackets, but all in all I would highly reccomend this tour.

  15. Emmie:

    Day trip was great fun, boat was a little crowded. Plenty of opportunities to spot whales in fact we had one whale very close to our boat, felt very lucky. Breakfast was good with view overlooking the water. Staff/tour guides were great, and informative.

  16. Torano:

    Great facilities, awesome boat, fantastic crew and the best scenery! We had the opportunity to spot a dozen of giant whales the crew said it was very successful tour, I believe. the breakfast served on board was amazing! Highly recommend!

  17. Gulmira:

    This was an excellent tour!!!! The crew were amazing and the sights are breath taking! The tour was well organized and def a most if your in Phuket!!!!!!!

  18. VICTORIA:

    Great tour but boat had way too many people on it. For the three-hour ride in the Ocean, it was bit uncomfortable due to not enough room sitting. Felt squished between others. I also wish the tour company mentioned on the itinerary to bring your own beach towel as I assumed one would be provided. Overall great tour and very organized.

  19. gimbrosa:

    Amazing trip!!!!! Sunny was so good as our tour guide and was very informative. Not too many on the boat so wasn’t overcrowded. We saw about 3 ginat whales and a baby, great experince

  20. Valerie:

    The trip was excellent but the pickup was very very early 905.00) from our hotel and it was exhausting.

  21. Amily:

    Guides were great, very knowledgeable and helpful. Took a lot of time explaining every part of the trip in detail. Breakfast was good, snacks on boat were delicious, hats off to the staff. No scams everything was as billed. A little choppy on the way out but was warned and given anti-nausea pill plus tips for success if you get motion sick. One of the highlights of our trip to Sri Lanka Thank you for everything!

  22. Kolande:

    We did this tour on the second day in Bentota. This was such an amazing way to start our vacation! Our tour guide Gamini was wonderful!!! He was so knowledgeable and very friendly! He kept us smiling all day! The company communicated to us the night before the trip, our driver/guide was on time, and our was great!

  23. Rina mendosa:

    I was on a whale-watching trip in Australia and it was difficult to see whales but this time it was very easy to spot animals in the sea. The entire boat trip lasted only 1 hour. Few hundreds meters off the shore we could spot a pod of blue whales consisting of many dozens of animals. The tour itinerary is very interesting it does not only include whale watching but also many interesting activities like visiting sea turtle centre, spice island, temple.

  24. Eddie melanko:

    This trip was awesome. We booked the trip with Seerendipity. Picked up at 0500 from our hotel to get the boat at 0630. To see blue whales enjoying the ocean was spectacular. We also saw 2 green turtles. Truly wonderful!

  25. Fernando:

    Our first trip after a months-long quarantine. We liked the trip a lot

  26. romanie kaufman:

    It was a good trip and saved a bit of money for us. We wanted to see blue whales and explore south coast beaches as well as Galle from Colombo. Because of this trip, we could do all of them in one journey, otherwise, we should have booked 2 one day trips. Very convenient but early morning pickup.

  27. Sandeep shah:

    I’m very happy with the trip, it is full of experiences whale watching, Galle fort, beaches…fully packed

  28. Reanna:

    My very first whale watching trip and it is truly memorable

  29. Norman:

    Excellent experince

  30. Gerhard:

    Everything perfectly organized, and most importantly I paid only half of the price I was about to pay the same tour with an online popular booking portal.

  31. Jeram peterson:

    I had neven seer whales so closely, great experince

  32. Uraldine gonzales:

    Highly recommended trip

  33. Mohammad:

    Goood

  34. Meenakshi:

    You really can’t appreciate how much seerendipity help you enjoy your holiday. They organised so much at such great prices, and were so wonderful to us.

  35. malan reid:

    All the sightseeing and activities are private except whale watching boat trip, that the beauty of this trip. You have the maximum privacy.

  36. Helen:

    The trip is good woke up at 4.00 AM

  37. Peter:

    Excellent price and great service

  38. Neeraj sharma:

    Galle fort and whale watching bot are very interesting.

  39. Herman fredrick:

    Great trip

  40. Tasheem mishra:

    Nice trip and it was close look into the whales, great experience, worth money and worth time

  41. Pulak boss:

    Woke up very early to leave the hotel at 4.00 am

  42. Anderson:

    Everything is good except the early morning pick-up, Our guide Nihal was very nice and friendly

  43. Reanna:

    A lot of travelling and it should have been a 2 days trip

  44. Rima siddeque:

    We were picked up from our hotel at 4.00 am and saman gave some gas on the drive to whale watching ship. it was a modern very nice vehicle he also drove with cautious and we did not worry. But he told us beforehand he drives a little bit fast because we have to bet at the harbour before the big boat set sail. Rest of the tour was very leisurely and we had plenty of time to spend on our sightseeing. The guide was good and very knowledgeable.

  45. Emma:

    Our driver Jayanath picked us up from the Port Gate, in a car, air con. He was straight away so friendly and we spent a informative day with him in southern Sri Lanka. He was very knowledgable and a truly great guy Would recommend this to anyone much better than the ships trips what we heard when we got back. Many Thanks

  46. Graham:

    Everything perfectly organized, and most importantly I paid only half of the price I was about to pay the same tour with an online popular booking portal. Thanks to this local operator we (me and my wife) saved about USD$ 100.

  47. Sandeep shah:

    We did the whale watching from Bentota and it was very nice and had a very close look into whales, I also had a closer look into the Galle cricket stadium what a wonderful sight. I wanted to see it for a long time because I love cricket. Galle Fort, sea turtle, beaches, moonstone mines many things to see.

  48. Brita Kaufmann:

    We booked a Sigiriya one day trip with a booking portal and Seertendipty organized it on behalf of the booking portal. Afterwards, we booked 2 one day trips (Nuwara Eliya trip and whale watching trip) directly with Seertendipity tours from our beach hotel in Bentota (Centara). The rates went down 35% when we booked tour directly with seerendipity tours. very affordable and the service is also very good and flexible.

  49. Igor Mattio:

    Leaving early morning is the only issue with this trip other I feel this is the best one day program that can be booked from our beach hotels (Centara)

  50. Suman chaourdry:

    Walking tour of Galle fort was also very interesting like the whale watching. Our guide Saman was a very nice and friendly guy.

  51. Nelisa:

    Good guide, excellent vehicle and very good trip.

  52. Samantha Gonzales:

    The tour worth every penny what we paid for, an excellent trip to south coast

  53. Chiara De Mattia:

    We have booked the hotel with breakfast and dinner, therefore, did not want to go out for many days. This is a perfect tour program for us. We saw a lot within the day.

  54. Hashem:

    We could do many things within the day it is amazing, had the opportunity to see whales, sea turtles, mangroves birds and walk-in Galle fort.

  55. Mendosa ali:

    We were picked up early morning from the hotel and I felt the driver drove a bit faster than required on the way to harbour from the hotel. However, the overall experience is good.

  56. Karsten Gebhardt:

    This is the first time I saw blue whales and never though I was able to do it because the opportunity is very rare. We saw 2 blue whales, a sea turtles and a bunch of dolphins, a bit long boat trip 5 hours.

  57. Robin saikhem:

    After reading good reviews on their website, we too were not disappointed with our whale watching trip, and one-day Galle trip. All arranged through WhatsApp, very simple and very quick to respond. Great job Seerendipity.

  58. Gabriela Lima Ribeiro:

    Walking tour in the Galle Fort is a fantastic experience, we saw blue whales too, overall very nice trip

  59. Parkviaggi:

    I never knew about Moonstones, learned something new and thanks for the opportunity to buy jewellery on an affordable rate

  60. Mariam Traore:

    Never had such as closer loom into whales in the life time, what a wonderful experince

  61. Karsten Gebhardt:

    We had seen a lot within a short period of time, beaches, whales, Galle fort, sea turtle, Mangroves and masks

  62. Kristine Gebhardt:

    We hade encounter the first whale after about 2 hours of boat trips and later the other animal showed up, all the people in the boat saw 5 whales.

  63. Copenhagen Segway:

    I did the tour from Bentota and it was an amazing experience to see blue whales if we could leave at around 6 it would have been excellent

  64. Chiara De Mattia:

    It was amazing experience watching whales so closely

  65. Neelam asaf:

    We did two days after our amazing a Galle Trip from the beach hotel. It was a bit early leave as we supposed to reach the Mirissa harbour at least by 06.30m. It was a nice experience in the ocean on a big boat. Heard it took a few hours to get back on some days, but it was a better day as we returned to harbour by. 10 am. We saw a few whales & more dolphins. The boat crew was so super friendly and always smiling and caring. Kids were a bit tired after the boat trip and we straight return to the hotel. Thank Silva for caring & driving us for two phenomenal excursions also thanks again to Seerendipoity for organising another amazing day for us.

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