Snorkel with Blue & Sperm Whales in Sri Lanka

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2017: 9 March 2017
THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED by the owners of the live-aboard luxury yacht! 

7 nights/6 days (Live-aboard)

Tour #: SL17 25 November – 2 December
Double/Twin Share: USD$3,795 per person
Single Supplement: USD$6,260 per person (1 only)

Please note: This is the only tour date for 2017 – a total of 24 spaces are available on the live-aboard vessel.

From September to April each year, blue whales migrate through
the warm, clear coastal waters of south western Sri Lanka, then they move the east coast of the island.

This is your opportunity to snorkel with the largest animals that have ever lived!

We will be there to meet them, venturing away from our 145′ luxury live-aboard yacht on two fast zodiac boats that will put you right beside the the largest animal that has ever lived. We will observe the whales as they feed, swim and socialise.

Imagine the encounter: you slip into the water in front of a behemoth and float quietly above it or free-dive down to its eye-level as it glides past. You feel like an insect next to its unimaginable bulk. Perhaps you see a glimmer of recognition, a slight flick of its eye in your direction. Then, the whale mysteriously dissolves back into the deep blue void, surfacing 10-12 minutes later for another few breaths before diving again.

Sri Lanka is known for its rich marine treasures. Not only is it the home to the largest population of Blue Whales in the world, it is a known feeding area for pods of Sperm Whales during the same season. You may have the opportunity to snorkel with some of the eleven species of whales that reside around the island of Sri Lanka, including blue whales, sperm whales, beaked whales, pilot whales, false killer whales and you may also see up to fifteen different species of dolphin.

This is a Snorkelling only expedition. Blue Whales and other Sri Lankan cetaceans may be enormous but they are also very shy animals. Noisy scuba equipment would frighten the whales into a deep dive so it is far better if we take a minimalist approach. 

This encounter requires nothing more than a mask, snorkel and fins and a light wetsuit or snorkelling vest. The most effective way to get as close as possible to the whales is to judge their direction of travel, slip into the water and float at the surface in their path. We will enter the water from the zodiacs, which are equipped with twin 100hp engines that can quickly put us in the right place as the whales approach.

This ‘Swim with Blue & Sperm Whales’ tour is a truly unique opportunity to snorkel with the largest mammals on Earth, the Blue Whale, 60 – 100 feet long and weighing up to 100 ton. We may also find ourselves swimming with pods of Sperm Whales!

You will spend the 7 nights of this very special Blue Whale (and lots of other species of whale and dolphins) snorkelling expedition aboard the brand new 145′ luxury motor yacht, our mother ship. Designed especially for your comfort, this luxury live-aboard vessel is the perfect home for a week at sea in the warm, calm waters of this exquisite area of the Indian Ocean. After an exciting day in the warm ocean, you can relax in comfort in your air conditioned cabin, soak up some rays on the sun deck, or socialise in the large, beautifully appointed salon.

Your  WhaleSwim Adventures Tour Leaders will be Annah Evington and Rae Gill, who will be at Dikowita Harbour to greet you when you board your floating-home and who will assist you during your 7 nights and your days out on the zodiac boats for the duration of your tour.

After our full week tour the mother ship returns back to port between 2 – 4 pm. Join us then for the sunset cocktail party and then perhaps go ashore and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant (at own expense). Check-out is Saturday morning at 7:00am.

The Zodiacs:
Our luxury live-aboard yacht has two 21.3 ft. long by 8 ft. wide, Zodiac fiberglass V-hull boats that hold 13 people each and are used to get us out to the whales quickly. They are fitted with a dive ladder for easy exiting, 1 x 150 hp 4-stroke Yamaha engine for extra safety, and a VHF radio.  They are used solely to bring guests closer to the whales. Inflatable runs may vary depending on the proximity of whale activity and time of day.
Sri Lankan whales are there to feed in the nutrient rich waters surrounding the island. This is adventure swimming and snorkelling with whales where the zodiac will be dropping us off ahead of feeding whale pods so that we can see these magnificent mammals swimming past us.

M.V. ‘Aggressor’ our luxury live-aboard motor yacht and ‘mother ship’ and your home for the week, is 145′ (44m) in length, 30′ (9.14m) across and has 3 levels of decks. It takes 26 passengers (in 13 staterooms) and 16 crew.

On-board accommodation options:

  • 3 x Master Staterooms with one queen bed, 57″ x 76″ inches, picture window, bathrobes, hairdryer, fresh towels, AC units, private bathroom, daily steward and nightly turndown service, morning beverage service & TV with movie selection.
  • 10 x Deluxe Staterooms with two single beds, 32″ x 76″ on opposite sides of the room, porthole or picture window view, bathrobes, hairdryer, fresh towels, AC unit  and private bathroom, daily steward and nightly turndown service, morning beverage service and  TV with movie selection.

We also suggest that you may want to stay on in Sri Lanka after your time with us and enjoy some of the colour and culture of this wonderful country. The city of Colombo is a wonderful bustling place. The quickest mode of transport is a tuk-tuk or a taxi. Enjoy great shopping, (beautiful silk textiles and sarees, home-wares, clothing and much more!) markets, temples, top-class international hotels, modern boutique and guest house accommodation converted from beautiful old British colonial houses and holiday apartments, the choices are endless.

Don’t miss experiencing the famous Sri Lankan chilli crab at the ‘Ministry of Crab’ restaurant or the Seafood Cove Restaurant and the lunch at the Paradise Road Art Gallery and Cafe. Sip a cocktail on the terrace bar of the old British colonial Galle Face Hotel, right on the beach and watch the sunset to the sound of a string quartet.

Take a few days to go to one of the game reserves, visit the tea plantations on the beautiful mountains of Candy or go surfing on the south coast at Ahangama – the beaches are wonderful!
Most safari camps have 3 or 4 day package. We spent 3 nights at Yala and loved it! Saw lots of elephants (with lots of calves)! 

Sri Lanka is a wonderful and interesting country, and well worth a few more days experiencing it!

 

 

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Duration:
6 days/ 7 nights
Includes:7 nights accommodation aboard luxury 145' motor yacht, 6 days on the water, all meals & snacks (except dinner on last evening) and airport transfers on Sat 25 November.
Group: 24 guests onboard - 8 guests on each Zodiac on the water.
Accommodation:7 nights aboard 145' luxury yacht "M.V. Aggressor Sri Lanka" with port-hole or window - double or twin share staterooms & 2 single supplement staterooms with ensuite bathrooms, hairdryer, bathrobes, storage, air-conditioning, Daily Steward & morning beverage service, TV/movies.
Boat: Inflatable Zodiacs - 21.3 ft. long by 8 ft, fibreglass with easy access.
Team/Crew: Tour Leaders: Annah Evington & Rae Gill
Tour includes: 7 nights accommodation, daily trips out to the whales and other cetaceans, all meals (except dinner in Colombo on last evening) and return airport transfers Columbo Airport on Saturday 25 Nov and Saturday Dec 2
Cost: 2017: 25 Nov - 2 Dec
Double Share & Single share only: USD$3,795 per person
Single Supplement: USD$6,260 (1 only) plus Taxes/Fees.
There is a USD $50 port and $100 park fee per person. These fees are paid onboard the yacht and may be paid by Visa, Mastercard, cash or travellers checks/cheques.
2018: TBA
Deposit:USD$1,800 per person


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