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WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING

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Considered a most exciting and enjoyable activity, whale and dolphin watching is fast becoming one of Sri Lanka’s most popular attractions. One of the top locations for watching whales is the port city of Trincomalee which is situated on Sri Lanka’s north-eastern coast. Witnessing these magnificent ocean giants in their natural habitat is a thrilling sight that is best seen when the north east monsoon recedes. Trincomalee is the only place in the world which offers the sight of Blue Whales from land, and the vantage point at Swami Rock in Trincomalee provides views of whales passing the submarine canyon. When it comes to whale watching in Trincomalee most sightings occur between March or April and August or September when whales continue their migration around the island from the south coast where they are from December to April.

Blue Whales are the largest living mammals, and growing to a length of 27 m and weighing 150 tons, one Blue Whale can weigh the equivalent of fifty elephants and can filter 40 – 60 tons of water in a single mouthful! Sperm Whales too can be sighted in the Trincomalee area, particularly in the month of April. They are ‘toothed whales’ that feed on fish and other creatures like squid, and also have the reputation of being the deepest diving whales that can go down to a depth of two or more kilometres. Spinner Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, Striped Dolphins, Bryde’s Whales, Short-finned Pilot Whales and Killer Whales are some of the other cetaceans which can be seen off the seas of Trincomalee.

Starting off at 04.30 hours, the excursion takes eight hours with a two and a half hour drive each way from the hotel. The distance to Trincomalee is about 110 km and guests will be provided with a packed breakfast, bottled water, entrance fees, boat charges, binoculars, transport to and from the site and a fresh fruit juice on return to the hotel. We advise you to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes, sunglasses and caps or hats, and carry your cameras, spotting scopes, field guides, insect repellent and sun block with you.