Snorkel with Blue & Sperm Whales in Sri Lanka

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30 January 2017!
We have just received the news that the Sri Lankan Government will NOT be issuing single boat permits to swim with whales during 2017.  

We are working on new tours in 2018!

The best time of the year to witness Blue whales and Sperm whales together around the coast of Sri Lanka is during November through to April.

If golden beaches, rising waves, misty mountains, mighty elephants, stealthy leopards, giant whales, a majestic past, lovely tea and warm smiles could sum up a country, that would be Sri Lanka. With many sites and scenes bottled up in to a small island, a traveller could be riding the waves in the dawn and admiring the green carpeted mountains by dusk. Travel destinations in Sri Lanka provide an array of holiday experience from sun kissed beach holidays to a marathon of wildlife watching, adrenaline pumping adventure sports and pilgrimage to some of the oldest cities in the world. The smiles and hospitality of Sri Lanka is world famous and so are its spicy food, exotic fruits and array of sweetmeats found nowhere in the world. With so many cultures living next to each other life in Sri Lanka continues among a series of festivities throughout the year, an ideal recipe for fun and leisure.

Sri Lanka, known for its rich marine treasures, is home to the largest animals in the world, Blue Whales are abundantly found in the Indian Ocean along the south-eastern shores of the island nation. This area is known as a feeding area for pods of Sperm whales during this time of the year also.

This ‘Swim with Blue & Sperm Whales’ tour is a truly unique opportunity to swim with, be photographed alongside of the largest mammals on Earth, the Blue Whale and to swim with pods of Sperm Whales too! There will be opportunities to witness other marine mammals including Sea Turtles, White Risso dolphins, Spinner dolphins and Pilot whales too!

You will spend 7 nights at the beautiful luxurious Duwa Villas on the waters edge in the coastal village of Ahangama.
Retreat to the privacy of your Villa nestled within tropical gardens, cinnamon and coconut trees. There are several four & 5 bedroom luxury Dutch Colonial Villas that are situated separately from each other in their own private location.
Your villa offers five large bedrooms each with a private ensuite bathroom and spacious indoor living and tropical outdoor areas making them ideal for small tour groups. Protected from the ocean elements, enjoy the tranquility all year round.  Duwa Villas are the perfect base for our personally-escorted tours. 

Relax around your own Villa’s private pool and pavilion and enjoy all the services one would expect. You will be greeted by our wonderful & friendly staff, who are available to assist you with your needs.
Their chefs Indika & Suren will stimulate your senses with a mix of East and West cuisine. They are always delighted to share their local recipes and techniques or book for a Sri Lankan cooking lesson. We have allowed 2 free evening to enjoy some of the local restaurants and cafes in nearby Mirissa.
Duwa offers a range of beauty therapy treatments in the comfort of your own Villa or arrange for their massage specialist Dumith to resolve all your aches and pains with a massage using natural products. Try a private Yoga class in your own pavilion.
Although our staff are there to satisfy your every need, you can have them just as quickly retreat to give you complete privacy if you wish.

Your Tour Leaders, Annah Evington and Rae Gill will be there to personally-escort you on this very special tour with reasearcher, Libby Eyre.
Annah will be aboard with you each day to guide you in the water and to assist you with anything you may require during your time with us. Annah has worked with WhaleSwim Adventures in Tonga over 8 seasons as Tour Manager and whale-guide and her passion for cetaceans and all marine life is very infectious and she is lots of fun too!

An air-conditioned car, mini bus or van will greet you on arrival at Columbo airport (depending how many guests arrive together) and drive you to Ahangama – a 2.5 hour journey and return you to Colombo airport after your tour.

Here are just some of the wonderful things you can do in Sri Lanka! A yoga session each morning, a pampering Ayuredic massage at Duwa. Go kayaking or canoeing on the beautiful waterways surrounding Duwa (canoes & kayaks available – surf boards too!). A local tuktuk will take you to the tea plantations, spice gardens, check out the pole-fishermen, the snake park or to a jewellery store for beautiful local Sri Lankan sapphires.
Sri Lanka is famous for its chilli crab and delicious big prawns – heaps of cafe shacks along the beach each night to experience seafood fresh from the Indian Ocean. 

We also recommend that you stay on after your time with us to have a few days at Yala Game Reserve or go surfing!
Most safari camps near Yala have 3 or 4 day packages. We spent a 3 nights at Yala and loved it! Saw lots of elephants, especially the calves!

Frequently Asked Question:
Do you guarantee being able to swim with the whales?

A: On any given day we will never guarantee swimming with a whale. We are at the mercy of the whales themselves and other influencing factors such as weather and sea conditions. We will never harass a whale to get a swim and we will abide by the local whale watching laws.We do have very experienced Crew that are well versed in working with the whales and identifying those that may want to interact with us. Every day is different and presents new and exciting forms of whale behaviour, above and below the water. Each day on the water the chance of witnessing all the different behaviours and other wonderful marine mammals and turtles. 

 

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Duration:
7 days/ 8 nights
Includes:8 nights accommodation, 5 days on the water with the whales
Group: 8 guests
Accommodation:8 nights at Duwa Villas or We Escape
Boat: TBA
Team/Crew: Tour Leaders: Annah Evington & Rae Gill and passionate cetacean researcher, Libby Eyre BSc.
Tour includes: 8 nights accommodation in a large 5 bedroom/ensuite villa at Duwa Villas with swimming pool or We Escape Hotel with pool - with breakfast & 6 evening meals, 7 lunches, 7 boat trips with the whales, education, reasearch activities & guidance in the water, 2 days at leisure and return airport transfers from Columbo Airport to Ahangama
Cost: Dec 2017/Jan 2018:
Prices to be Advised

Deposit:AUD$2,000 per person


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