Dolphin and Whale Watching
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean & situated close to the continental shelf Sri Lanka is strategically placed as one of the best whale & dolphin watching locations in Asia. The southern-most point of the island, Dondra Head, is also the southern-most point of the entire Indian subcontinent. Off this point, a little less than 3 Nautical miles from the coast the continental slope begins. With deep waters so close to the coast and the seasonally changing monsoon currents producing blooms of plankton as well as the natural land masses of India and Sri Lanka acting like an inverted funnel to channel cetacean movements, it is not a wonder that so many species of whales & dolphins pass through these seas during migration. Apart from the famous blue whales, sperm whales, humpback whales & dolphins, Bryde’s Whale, Dwarf Sperm Whale, unidentified Beaked Whale, Spinner Dolphin, Striped Dolphin and Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin can also be spotted along Sri Lanka’s Oceans. Although the southern coast along Dondra (accessible from accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa) is more famous for whale & dolphin watching, the activity is in fact a seasonal one. Whales and dolphins can be sighted along on the west coast in locations from Kalpitiya and along the south west coast from November to March, and can be seen along the east coast off Trincomalee from June to September. Whale & Dolphin watching tours are undertaken both by the navy & by private tour operators, & is best planned for in advance to ensure that you can make most of this mesmerising activity. It is indeed a truly magical experience to see dolphins put on a mischievous show while some of the oldest, largest & most mysterious sea creatures, like the humpback and the blue whales, silently glide past you!