Blue whales are the largest animals to have ever existed. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant, their hearts, as much as an automobile. The seas south of Mirissa have been declared as one of the best places in the world to see these majestic creatures in action between the months of December and April as they migrate to warmer feeding grounds in the Bay of Bengal, passing the island’s southern shores.
Along with having the opportunity to witness the world’s biggest animal, the seas are also inhabited by Sperm whales (often seen in groups), Bryde’s whales, Killer whales (somewhat rare), and gregarious pods of Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins. Embarking on a whale-watching cruise is a must-do if you’re in the south coast during one season. Whale watching tours usually depart Mirissa Harbour (a 45-minute drive from the hotel) at around 6.30am, and you are usually back at the hotel again in time for afternoon tea. We have teamed up with Sail Lanka who are the pioneers of luxury whale watching in Sri Lanka, and run modern, comfortable catamarans equipped with all the necessary safety gear including a knowledgeable team of experts with a passion for wildlife.