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Frequently Asked Questions on Whale Watching Tours

Are reservations required?

Reservations are not required but we strongly recommend you make one to avoid disappointment upon arrival.

How far in advance do I have to book?

Often four to five days in advance is enough notice for the booking of the boat. If you know when you want to go, book your trip. You may cancel 48 hours prior to departure without penalty if your travel plans change.

Where do the trips leave from and how do I get there?

Mirissa Whale Watch™ is located in Mirissa, between Matara and Weligama, just south of the airport. You can contact us and get the directions if you face any difficulty in finding the place. Another option is to book a Vehicle pickup from us by the vehicles of our Travel team, we can arrange vehicles from any where in Sri Lanka to pick you up.

How should I dress? What should I bring?

We recommend all guests dress that comforts you.Pack a of snack, remember you may be out on your trip for 3 to 5 hours.Bring sunglasses, sunscreen and your camera.

We provide you with breakfast, water bottle and a life jacket.


Why is the trip 3 to 5 hours long?

Each trip is a unique experience and adventure we look at wild animals in their natural habitat- sometimes they are close to our departure point and other times we have to travel further to get to them. The trip length is determined by where the whales are found.

What are the chances of seeing whales?

The chance of seeing whales varies with the seasons. We work with a network of whale watching operators and share sighting information this gives us a sighting success rate of about 90%. We typically travel through the south cost sea near Mirissa passengers see a variety of wildlife including, Dolphins, Flying Fish, Whales , turtles and more.

What if we don't see whales?

We offer a return guarantee if you do not see whales on your trip come again for free until you do no expiry date. This pass is not transferable and has no cash value.

How close do we get to the whales?

We are allowed to get within 100 meters (100 yards) of the whales. At this distance you get an excellent view of the whales.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, definitely. It won't get wet if you are on the Explorathor. On the Lightship you can keep your camera in your suit pocket.

I have young children do you recommend this activity for them?

We consider whale watching a family activity and children are certainly welcome on our trip. Keep in mind that the trips can be 5 hours long. Children are required to remain seated while the boat is in motion. You know your children better than we do you decide.

What if it is raining?

We can still go out if it is raining however we do watch the weather carefully and occasionally we do have to cancel or postpone a trip if it is too windy. When a trip is cancelled we do our best to contact in the morning to give you the opportunity to reschedule.

What is the type boat?

All our vessels are zodiac style which means they ride on top of the water rather than pounding through it offering a stable, comfortable ride. Both boats travel in relatively the same areas, travel at similar speeds and you view the whales from the same distance. All our boats have washrooms onboard.



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