Whale & Dolphin Watching

Whale & Dolphin Watching at the East Coast of Sri Lanka around Trincomalee/Nilaveli

Following the recent development of Whale & Dolphin Watching Tours in Mirissa, Trincomalee is rapidly emerging as another internationally important whale-watching destination. Blue whales in particular (plus smaller numbers of sperm whales) can regularly be seen around six to eight nautical miles east of Trincomalee (about 30min by boat), Dolphins (mainly Spinner) are also regularly seen. Most sightings occur between March/April and August/September, as whales continue their migrations around the island from the south coast (where they mainly congregate from December to April) – this means that Sri Lanka offers around ten months of continuous whale & dolphin watching annually at different points around the coast.

Our Whale & Dolphin Watching Trips from our NILAVELI DIVING CENTRE:
When? From 15. March to 15. November
What? Whales and Dolphin Watching around Nilaveli & Trincomalee

Departure time: Our boats depart from our NILAVELI DIVING CENTRE at the HIGH PARK HOTEL in Nilaveli at 6 am.
Check In is at 5.45 am at our Nilaveli Diving Centre. You will be back at our Diving Centre around 9 am.

Trip Duration: In average 3 hours

Sightings: There is a high chance to see whales or dolphins during our tours (probably 50 % of Whales, 90 % of Dolphins) and we will give our best to find them for you on every single day. However, on some days, even with our best efforts, it is impossible for us to show you dolphins or whales.

Rates :
Starts from 26 Euros per person to 35 Euros per person (all person above 12 years of age) depending how many people on the boat, max. 6 people per boat.

Minimum age of kids is 4 years old. Kids below 6 years of age are free of charge, kids from 6 until 12 are half price.
Pick Up / Drop Off: Free of charge from anywhere in distance from Trincomallee town to Uppuveli.
Bookings: Please contact us to make a booking. Advance bookings are highly recommended.

Please Note
The Indian Ocean is not a calm ocean. There is always at least a light swell. If you tend to get sea sick or if it the first time for you on a boat in the Indian Ocean, we advise you to take seasick pills on the morning of the trip (about 1 – 2 hours BEFORE you enter the boat). You can find them in every pharmacy in Sri Lanka. We recommend the brand “Avomine” or “Celenid”. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist in advance before using these drugs.