The act of snorkeling with whales is an art. Every day is different on the water, and every encounter is unique. We swim with whales most days, but on some days this may only be briefly. Other days we swim for longer periods. We have known days where we have not swim with whales and that’s the reason we advocate multi-day trips– so that by
the end of your tour we expect to have helped you experience a range of encounters with these incredible animals.
Weather and sea conditions for Snorkeling with whales Sri Lanka
Sitting in the middle of Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has a maritime climate. Whale season is November to April(High Season) and July- September(Law Season). There are cloudy days. Sometimes it rains. The wind can blow, hard at times. It can also be sunny, still and hot. We whale swim in all conditions, the whales don’t seem to mind about the
weather. We look for whales over an area of approximately 300 square nautical miles. This is a mix of calm sheltered waterways, areas effected by wind chop and sometimes we are in open sea swells. The areas we search on particular days are determined by the-previous-days encounters, the weather and sea conditions and sometimes gut instinct
. The clearest water is often (but not always) well offshore.
Group size for Snorkeling with Whales Sri Lanka
There will be a maximum of 8 guests on your tour and you will be split into two groups of 4. Each group takes alternate swims, and the group on the boat helps get cameras and people out of the water. This ensures efficient group changes and gives you a chance to catch your breath. We aim to ensure everyone has similar experiences across the week. The whale swimming guidelines allow for 4 people in the water.
You don’t need to be an elite athlete to take part in a Whale underwater photography/ snorkeling Tour. But you DO need to have a good level of fitness to get the most of your tour. You will be required to swim reasonable distances (+/- 100 meters) in sometimes choppy sea. Sometimes this may happen multiple times in a day. It can be draining. You should start a program of walking or regular swimming to ensure you are ready to get the most out of your trip. Snorkeling experience Ensure you are comfortable snorkeling BEFORE you come to Mirissa. In most instances you will be in water where you can not see the bottom.
About Our Snorkeling & Diving Tours
- Our Team is absolutely passionate about whales and the beautiful islands of Sri Lanka and its people.We do what we do every day – from that passion!
- We are totally committed to have every one of guests have the best in-the-water experience with the whales (and other marine life) during their time with us!
- We are the longest running packaged eco-tour operator on Mirissa, with 6 years of experience.
- We absolutely LOVE what we do!