While you may have read about or seen on TV, the sight of whales swimming in the ocean, nothing can compare to the experience of seeing them up close; such special encounters await in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka!
Planning an Excursion
Trincomalee can be found along the island’s east coast and is around 257 km from the commercial capital, Colombo. It always helps to stay at local hotels and properties the likes of Trinco Blu by Cinnamon offer the added convenience of providing whale watching safaris to guests.
Season and Time
May to October is generally the whale watching season though in the months of March and April one also has a chance to spot these majestic marine mammals in Trincomalee.Hotels within easy reach of the harbour make ideal accommodation options since voyages generally start at around 06:30am and can last for about four to five hours.
Whale Watching Highlights
One of the main allures of Trincomalee is the chance to see the largest animal known to have ever lived on the planet; the blue whale! Depending on the month and of course, a bit of luck, you may also spot Bryde’s whales, sperm whales and on occasion, killer whales too.
Don’t Forget the Dolphins!
Of course, while whales may be the “stars” of the excursion, don’t forget the “co-stars”; dolphins! It is not uncommon to see large pods of these other marine mammals that are generally playful too; be on the lookout for spinner, bottlenose, striped and Risso’s dolphins on your adventures.