Whale and dolphin watching is the premier activity of Mirissa Water Sports (MWS). We are the first and longest established whale-watching operator on the south coast of Sri Lanka.
MWS has had over 3 consecutive seasons of whale sightings. Most sightings occur 3 to 6 miles off Mirissa. There are also sightings all year round, which has put Sri Lanka and the Mirissa on the list of the worlds ‘Top Hot Spots’ for sperm and blue whales. We work closely with Sri Lanka’s leading marine mammal expert, Anouk Ilangakoon, who helps us identify the types of whales and their migrating habits.
Blue whales are most frequently seen during the first quarter of the year off the South and West Coast of Sri Lanka. This is part of their migration route pattern. Mirissa Water Sports keeps accurate logs of the sightings so that we can predict the arrival of the blue whales for future whale watching tours. January and April is also a good time for dolphins. We are often accompanied by pods of spinner dolphins during our trips.
We regularly see large pods of dolphins whilst on our way to and from the whale areas. Blue whales can be found just few miles offshore. These activities can be combined with any of our cruising or fishing options. Minimum 2 people.
One of our vessels, The Spirit of Dondra, can be hired for cruising, anchoring in bays for swimming, snorkelling & picnics or just for sight-seeing. The coastline around Mirissa is noted for its wonderfully unspoilt coconut fringed beaches and coves. Minimum hire is 2 hours for a maximum 10 people.
For this reason, WDC has codified the criteria which we believe must be met in order for whale watching to be truly responsible and sustainable to whales and dolphins and the marine environment, and truly beneficial to passengers, operators and communities. In order to qualify, trips must offer:
In addition, we seek to promote situations where research is being conducted so that the whales and dolpins are also being carefully monitored over the longer term. Whale and dolphin species are subjected to many pressures in the modern world and we believe that such monitoring can help to determine their status and the potential sustainability of the factors that may be affecting them, including whale watching. In the United States, Whale SENSE is a voluntary education and recognition program offered to commercial whale watching companies (Maine through Virginia) by NOAA Fisheries Service, NOAAâ€™s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Another collaborative progamme is Dolphin SMART, which aims to promote responsible viewing and stewardship of wild dolphins. The programme currently has participating operators in Florida, Alabama, and Hawaii. Launched in the Florida Keys in 2007, Dolphin SMART is the result of a collaborative effort between WDC and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationâ€™s (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Program, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Dolphin Ecology Project, and local dolphin-watch tour operators.
There are many photos and images we captured while our whale watching tours.
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There are three main vessels and few more are yet to be finalized with the fabrications.