Whale watching and Dolphin watching Tours in Sri Lanka



Whales Watching Tours
Whales & Dolphins in the South ~ 1 N / 2 Days

Dance with the Dolphins in Kalpitiya ~ 1 N /2 Days

List of Whales & Dolphins
Press Reviews
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Whales seen include

Common Blue Whales , Bryde's Whales , Sperm Whales , Killer Whales , False Killer , Dwarf , Melon Headed Whales , Cuvier's Beaked Whales and if lucky, the elusive Indian Blue Whales.

Dolphins seen include

Spotted Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, Fraser's Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Common Dolphins and the Bottlenose Dolphins



Whales and Dolphin Watching Tours in Sri Lanka

Go Whale watching with the Pioneers & the Best! 

Eco Team initiated commercial Whale & Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka way back in 2000 in association with the international Dolphin watch.

Over the last nine years, we have successfully conducted many Whale watching and dolphin watching tours off Dondra and Kalpitiya.

Sri Lanka is situated within the International Whale watching Commission's protected zone in the Indian Ocean. Of the 80 species of cetaceans observed and identified worldwide, 26 are found in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, which we can access freely.


Dondra Point / Mirissa

With research findings confirmed by many experts in the field that the deep southern waters off Sri Lanka [ off Dondra point] is the best in the world for seeing blue and sperm whales, you are assured that your bet placed on the blue ocean in Sri Lanka has the highest probability of winning.

We care ….

In providing this fascinating experience, Eco Team works with a charitable trust set up in the area to generate employment opportunities for youth from tsunami affected areas.

When to go there – The best of the best months are December - January and April whilst February and March are also too good to miss. Need to avoid choppy / rough days. Mornings hours are the best !  


Despite its natural beauty, the western peninsular area of KALPITIYA in the Puttalam district of Sri Lanka is remarkably untouched by tourism. But for those lucky enough to visit, there's a plethora of things to see and do! Close knit fishing community, fresh sea food, the Dutch Fort and St.Peter's KirkChurch provide interesting and varied possibilities for the visitor.

More about Kalpitiya….

Though whale sightings are not that frequent off Kalpitiya compared to Dondra, it’s still one of the best places to see the ever smiling and singing chirpy Dolphins.  If you are at the right place at the right time - which you can entrust to us - the spinner dolphins in Kalpitiya will give a show in their hundreds, perhaps even in their thousands.

We care ….

Here we work with the local fisher-folk, providing them an additional much-needed income and encouraging them to conserve these species. 

When to go there – November to April is the best time of the year. Need to avoid choppy / rough days. Mornings hours are the best !
Best practices. 
  • Do not feed any wild animals [ Yes, they are wild animals! ] Coming near your boat doesn’t mean they want your food… !
  • Do not compel your guide / boatman to take the boat too close to them.
  • Obey all safety rules given by the crew.
How to get ready ?
  • Plenty of sun cream / Sun hat!
  • First aid if you are the type to be sea sick !
  • Cameras / Binos.
  • Refreshments.
We will do the rest !
What experts have  said………

“As soon as I heard that I was returning to Sri Lanka for the first time in many years, leviathans from the deep surfaced in my mind. Perhaps most wildlife enthusiasts would conjure up images of elephants, leopards or a cornucopia of exotic birds. But I have spent the last twenty years or so nurturing a passion for whales in the icy waters of Alaska, and the time that I have spent here in the past has reinforced my awareness of Sri Lanka's standing as one of the world's hotspots for whales and dolphins; although it seems as if only a minority of people here share that awareness. The biggest gem present in the necklace of magnificent marine mammals that dive and cavort around the island is indeed the largest animal that has ever lived - the blue whale.”

Voyaging with the Odyssey - watching whales in Sri Lanka
Duncan Murrell-  Award winning wildlife photographer

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”The Deep South of Sri Lanka may be one of the world's best locations (amongst the top two or three) for watching Blue Whales and Sperm Whales, two of the most sought after marine mammals. In fact, for seeing both Sperm and Blue Whales together, it may even turn out to be the best location in the world. This has not been my discovery. But it has been my privilege to be involved with those who have made this discovery during my own quest to develop whale watching in Sri Lanka. Many people have been involved over three decades in efforts to develop whale watching in Sri Lanka. They could each tell their story from different perspectives”.

Gehan De Silva Wijerathne – leading wildlife promoter / photographer & an author of over  15 books and 200 articles. 
 Sri Lanka Wildlife Newsletter – May 2008  

Whale watching off the south coast of Sri Lanka
Charles Anderson

Whale Watching - from 9 th to 22 nd April 2008.

Blue Whales were by far the most commonly encountered species, with sightings on 14 out of 14 days (and an average of 4.5 sightings per day). This makes the south coast of Sri Lanka one of the very best places to see Blue Whales in the entire world. I believe that most of these Blue Whales are on migration, en-route from their NE monsoon feeding grounds off Trincomalee to their SW monsoon feeding grounds in the Arabian Sea . However, most of the Blue Whales seen during our trips were not obviously travelling westward. Rather, they were repeatedly diving in localized areas, presumably feeding. So perhaps they are on passage, but having found food off the south coast are quite happy to loiter as long as the food remains. Clearly there is still a lot to be learnt about these whales.

Sperm Whales were also present, with pods being seen on five occasions. While most Blue Whales were seen over the continental shelf, Sperm Whales tended to occur a bit further offshore, in the shipping lanes. And this gives a clue as to why there are so many whales here. A glance at any chart of the Indian Ocean shows that Dondra Head is the southern-most point not only of Sri Lanka , but also of the entire Indian subcontinent. Any ship wanting to pass between east and west has to pass by Dondra. And so too does any cetacean. Furthermore, off Dondra the continental slope comes to within less than 3 nautical miles of the coast. With the seasonally changing monsoon currents producing seasonally changing blooms of plankton; with the land masses of India and Sri Lanka acting like an inverted funnel to channel cetacean movements; and with deep water so close to shore, it is perhaps not surprising that the southern tip of Sri Lanka is such a cetacean hotspot.

Other cetacean species seen were: Bryde's Whale, Dwarf Sperm Whale, unidentified Beaked Whale, Spinner Dolphin, Striped Dolphin and Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin.
Dr. Charles Anderson is a professional marine biologist who has lived and worked in the Maldives since 1983. His research on whales there led him to believe that Blue Whales should be present off the south coast of Sri Lanka in April, a hypothesis which he confirmed with visits in April 2007 and 2008. He can be contacted on: anderson@dhivehinet.net.mv or charles.anderson11@btinternet.com

Extracted from - Sri Lanka wildlife news letter - 2nd July 2008

Rates & more about Whale & Dolphin watching off Dondra Point [Mirissa]

In Mirissa, Eco Team works with a charitable trust set up to generate employment opportunities for youth from tsunami affected areas. This foundation, launched by the Consulate of Belgium, is a long-term project after the current tsunami rehabilitation carried out by the SLRT, mainly between Galle and Matara. The foundation provides training for youth from tsunami affected areas and supports them afterwards in setting up their business with the exclusive aim of creating employment.

Your fee will be a direct contribution to our efforts in developing sustainable livelihoods for the young local men & women  who are involved in this project. 

Boats we use

We use 78 HP / 54 ft modified Indonesian fishing trawlers and a 43ft Sail Boat for Whale watching trips.


Number of Pax

1 Pax

Rate per person in US $


Our rates include

  • Boat Charter fee [ Please note that the boat may have other whale watchers as well. Up to 12 pax.]
  • Guidance of an experienced crew.   
  • Naturalist
  • Unlimited purified water.
  • Toilet facilities in the boat.  
Rates & more on Whale & Dolphin watching in Kalpitiya

Boats we use

Here we are using the services of local fishermen who know the area very well. This activity has helped them to enhance their income substantially and to learn to care for marine MMammals. While illegal dolphin poaching still takes place, we at Eco Team believe that the best way to discourage this is to create awareness and develop a sustainable tourism product.       



Number of Pax

1 Pax

2 Pax

3  Pax

4  Pax

5  Pax

6  Pax

 Rate per person in US $







Our rates include

  • Boat charter fee. Please note that the boats are standard fishing boats with an outboard engine.  
  • Guidance of an experienced crew.    
  • Unlimited purified water.

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