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Mirissa is a lovely, quaint little beach town in Southern Sri Lanka, around 150 kilometres from Colombo and a short drive from Galle. A beautiful beach, with clear waters which make it a great spot to bum around, swim or snorkel. But, the main attraction in Mirissa are their whale watching tours.
The whale watching tours run almost all through the year (weather permitting) except in the monsoon months of May and June since the waters get very choppy and unsafe. The tours start early in the morning – you will have to report at the office of the tour operator by around 6 am and head out by 6.30am.
The boats are comfortable with a lower deck and a covered upper deck. They will serve you breakfast on the boat which might include bread, eggs, fruits and tea/coffee. You will have to head in to the sea for at least 3 hours before you spot any whales. But on the way, you could spot flying fish, turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and dolphins. A pod of dolphin typically has around 200 dolphins and seeing them jump up and come up for air is like watching an aquatic dance performance.
You could spot a variety of whales on the Mirissa whale watching tour – blue whales, fin whales, sei whales, sperm whales, orcas if you are lucky. The highlight is definitely the blue whales. Most trips do spot a whale or two at the minimum. You just have to patient and keep your eyes wide open.
Some tips for the Mirissa whale watching tour