Whale & Dolphin Snorkelling | Sri Lanka

Whale & Dolphin Snorkelling

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Whale & Dolphin Snorkelling
Indian Ocean - Sri Lanka
From £2575 inc. flights*
    
  • Snorkel with up to 13 species of whales, including blue whales
  • Face to face with up to 8 species of dolphin
  • On board expert Howard Martenstyn
  • Superb support zodiacs
  • Seasonal routes from either Colombo or Trincomalee for the best encounters
Sri Lanka's coastline is a haven for big marine mammals and now you have the chance to snorkel off shore with these behemoths from the comfort of your liveaboard. The Sri Lankan Aggressor goes further afield than before for the best and most reliable encounters. Here the water is clearer and the sightings even more impressive. Come face to face with the world's biggest whale, the Blue whale, as well as dolphins and smaller whales.

During the Whale and Dolphin snorkelling weeks, guests will have the opportunity to snorkel with up to thirteen species of whales and eight species of dolphin. These include blue whales, sperm whales, humpback whales, beaked whales, melon headed whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales. Two of the predominant species that are resident in Sri Lanka, are the sperm whale which averages 40 - 60 feet and the blue whale which averages 60 - 100 feet long and weighs up to 200 tons. World renowned marine naturalist Howard Martenstyn is onboard to offer education information on behavior patterns. Over the last 15 years he has documented over 3000 whale sightings around Sri Lanka. These weeks depart from Trincomalee and Colombo depending on the season.

Everyone is welcome on board! This is a snorkelling only itinerary with no scuba diving. There are 2 large fibreglass zodiacs on Sri Lankan Aggressor. They will be launched several times a day and each run will last 1-3 hours, depending on the proximity of the whale activity and time of day. The Sri Lankan Aggressor itself has been fitted out with hydrophones, so while you are on the boat you can even listen to the whales talking to each other!

Quick Facts

  • Average Water Temp: 28C
  • Average Air Temp: 28-30C
  • Average Visability: 10-25m
  • Good for: whale & dolphin encounters
  • Suitable for beginners: Everyone!

Highlights

  • Snorkel with up to 13 species of whale and 8 species of dolphin in Sri Lanka, with expert Howard Martensyn on board the Sri Lankan Aggressor. Departing from Colombo Mar & Apr or Trincomalee Sept & Oct.

Testimonials

This is a typical example of the Whale & Dolphin Snorkelling itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions and is only given as a example of what you would usually encounter during your holiday.


The Whale & Dolphin snorkelling in Sri Lanka only runs for 2 seasons each year. These are extremely popular itineraries so make sure to book in advance!

Embarkation
Sri Lankan Aggressor will spend March and April departing from Colombo to focus on the west and south west coast.

She will then spend September and October departing from Trincomalee to focus on the east and south east coast.

Trip Duration
All of the Whale & Dolphin snorkelling trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

This is a snorkelling only itinerary with no scuba diving.

Arrival
On arrival in Colombo you will be met by our representative and transferred to your departure point.

Colombo harbour is approx 45mins from Colombo airport.
Trincomalee harbour is a domestic flight and then land transfer to Trincomalee harbour

Whales and Dolphins
Snorkelling is the best way to get close to whales and dolphins in the open seas. The sound of scuba can frighten them off. We do recommend you get into the water as gently as possible and enjoy the closest encounters on the surface. Cameras are a must - you will want to capture these incredible meetings to show others!

There are 2 large fibreglass zodiacs on Sri Lankan Aggressor. They will be launched several times a day and each run will last 1-3 hours, depending on the proximity of the whale activity and time of day.

Generally a rash vest or thin wetsuit is recommended to keep the sun off your back and shoulders.

Disembarkation
You will normally leave the boat after breakfast on your last day and be transferred to the airport to begin your journey home. Please do speak to the travel consultant at the time of booking to confirm the exact last day arrangements.

Want more time? Why not speak to us about adding either a non diving extension to explore Sri Lanka's stunning beaches, national parks and cities. Or more to Colombo to discover the diving off the West coast.


If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.

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