Whale & Dolphin Watching in Mirissa 2607 views

MirissaWhale Watching

Recomended duration
3+ Hours
Best time of the year to visit
October to April


Little bit about Whale & Dolphin Watching in Mirissa

For those interested in whales and dolphins and those who would like to get in close contact with them, Mirissa in Sri Lanka is the best place for them to visit. Mirissa is one of the great destinations when it comes to whale watching. In fact, Sri Lanka is one of the largest habitats for whales in the world. Whale watching is becoming a popular activity in the North Western and Southern coast of Sri Lanka, however, Mirissa is on top of the list when it comes to whale watching.

Mirissa is located close to Hikkaduwa Beach, it is a perfect holiday destination known for its natural beauty and vibrant nightlife. Whale watching cruises give you a close encounter with blue whales, humpback whales or even sperm whales, which are known to be a 60ft long. In some parts, you could spot more rare whales and dolphins. Other water species like turtles and fish species like Bluefin tuna and flying fish could be seen in here too. Whale watching could be done by cruise or boats, you need to book your whale watching boats Mirissa whale watching is a very nice experience, if you are planning on a vacation, you need to consider this activity and the city. Mirissa also offers water sport activities, luxury accommodation and mouthwatering food.

Things to know before you go

  • Boats normally depart at 6AM and return back around 9 - 10AM. Generally it is a 3+ hours journey
  • Minimum age of kids is 4 years old 
  • Travelers who get sea sick need to take precautions prior to boarding the boat
  • If you have any medical condition, make sure that you are fit for the journey
  • Do not throw out any garbage into the ocean


  • Boat ride prices generally starting around LKR 4,000 per person (prices vary based on the condition of the boat and the number of passengers)
  • Boat ticket price includes water and snacks, life jackets, first aid for seasick and a free insurance coverage
  • Generally, kids below 6 are free of charge and kids from 6 - 12 kids are charged half the price

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