Get up close and personal with the giants of the deep
Whale watching in Mirissa
The essence of whale watching in Mirissa
Spend an incredible morning admiring magnificent Blue Whales rising from the depths of the aquamarine seas, dramatically diving back into the tranquil waters, and frolicking with their calves blowing enormous balloon bubbles. Mirissa is a small fishing port on Sri Lanka’s south coast, popular for surfing and today famous for whale watching. The waters around Mirissa are particularly rich in plankton, a group of micro-organisms that whales feed on. One of the world’s top locations for watching the extraordinary Blue Whales, sightings occur on most mornings during the season which spans from mid-November through to early April.
The trick is to be patient and serenely survey your aquatic surrounds. Fortunately, these Blue Whales are resident year-round in these waters, but but best viewed off the south coast when the waters are calm. Encounters of mother and calves, pairs of males and females are recorded every season. Pods of Spinner Dolphin are often seen, while Sperm Whales are occasionally seen especially around December and again in March-April. In recent years super pods of Sperm Whales numbering over 30 individuals have been sighted. Bryde’s Whale, Orca (Killer Whales), Risso’s Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin and Striped Dolphin are among the other species of cetaceans which are spotted a few times each season.