WHALES AND DOLPHIN WATCHING – TARIFF 2013/ 2014
GENERAL INTRO TO WHALES & DOLPHIN WATCHING IN SRI LANKA
We initiated commercial Whale & Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka way back in 2000 in association with the international Dolphin watch. Over the last ten years, we have successfully conducted many whaling and dolphin watching tours off Dondra and Kalpitiya. Sri Lanka is situated within the International Whaling Commission’s protected zone in the Indian Ocean. Of the 80 species of cetaceans observed and identified worldwide, 26 are found in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, which we can access freely.
WHALES SEEN INCLUDE:-
Melon Headed Whales
Cuvier’s Beaked Whales
And if lucky, the elusive Indian Blue Whales.
DOLPHINES SEEN INCLUDE:-
Common Dolphins and the Bottlenose Dolphin
Despite its natural beauty, the western peninsular area of KALPITIYA in the Puttalam district of Sri Lanka is remarkably untouched by tourism. But for those lucky enough to visit, there is a multitude of things to see and do! With the small close-knit fishing community dominating the lives of the local people, visitors can get a real insight into the working life away from the city. After watching the night fishing boats return in the morning, a visit to one of the fish markets offers the opportunity to choose the evening meal direct from the fresh catch! The Dutch Fort and St Peter’s Kerk church in the town itself are interesting examples of Sri Lanka’s rich history and colonial past. Leisurely boat rides up the lagoon and canoe trips down the river are a pleasant way of exploring the coastline, whilst 4WD jeep rides along the deserted sand dunes between the ocean and the lagoon offer a unique way of watching the colorful evening sunsets.
Whale Watching in the Sea off Kalpitiya.
Though whale sightings are not that frequent off Kalpitiya compared to Dondra, it’s still one of the best places to see the ever smiling and singing chirpy Dolphins. If you are at the right place at the right time – which you can entrust to us – the spinner dolphins in Kalpitiya will give a show in their hundreds, perhaps even in their thousands.
Whales seen include:-
Common Blue Whales , Bryde’s Whales , Sperm Whales , Killer Whales , False Killer , Dwarf , Melon Headed Whales , Cuvier’s Beaked Whales and if lucky, the elusive Indian Blue Whales.
Dolphines seen include:-
Spotted Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, Fraser’s Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, Common Dolphins and the Bottlenose Dolphins