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Remember that the ocean is the whale’s home and we should behave just as we would if we were to visit a friend, with respect.

About Mirissa Water Sports

Based at Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa Water Sports provides exciting whale watching, sports fishing, sailing, coastal cruises, snorkelling and boating activities for visitors to Southern Sri Lanka. Our focus is to provide employment opportunities for young people were work opportunities extremely limited.

As a consequence of the tsunami, the situation became even worse.

That is the reason why Building A Future foundation has been created by Mr. Pierre Pringiers, Honorary Consul of Belgium to Sri Lanka and Mr. Tissa Jinasena, of Jinasena group of companies of Sri Lanka.

Building A future foundation was launched with the purpose of bringing in new ideas, technology and training which will generate employment for the youth from the tsunami affected coastal areas.

The whole Building A Future initiative aims at getting 50 young people per year to find a sustainable source of revenue.

Mirissa Water Sports is the first spin off of this initiative with initial employment of 10 people

Whales and Dolphins watching

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.

What we can see

whales

Blue Whales

whales

Sperm Whales

whales

Pilot Whales

whales

Killer Whales

whales

False killer whale

whales

Bryde's Whale

dolphins

Bottlenose Dolphins

dolphins

Striped Dolphins

dolphins

Spotted Dolphins

dolphins

Spinner Dolphins

dolphins

Rissos Dolphins

  • Customers are requested to arrive at MWS by 6.00 am for morning tour
  • Vessels are departing at 6.30 am
  • 90% Sightings are guaranteed
  • No refund will be made if no sightings but we will arrange a free rescheduled trip depending on seat avaialability (Conditions apply)
  • We advise you to take sea sickness tablets if you have sea sickness
  • An averange trip takes 4 to 5 hours (Duration might differ depending on the distance and sighting locations)
  • Total refunds made if the vessels returns to the harbour due to technical problems, bad weather or other unavoidable circumstances
  • Parents with infants are advised to bring necessary foods
  • Pregnant mothers and parents with children age below 3 are requested to obtain advice and approvals from a doctor
  • All the passengers must wear safety jackets, Face mask throughout the journey

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.

  • Starting time is negotiable as per your request

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:

  • A prime recreational and educational experience for participants which motivates them to care about marine mammals and the sea, and to work for marine conservation;
  • An experience that seeks to reduce the impact on whales, so that whales are watched with the lightest ‘footprint’ possible: this includes respecting relevant regulations or codes of conduct; ensuring vessels are fit for purpose; approaching with extreme care and attention,; respecting approach distances, and limiting time spent in their vicinity;
  • Opportunities for researchers to gather scientific information and disseminate findings to managers and the public;
  • An experience built around a naturalist or nature guide who can provide accurate information, help to find the whales and describe their behaviour, and successfully build the bridge between the urban participant and the sea;
  • The active involvement of the community or region in its work, enabling communities and regions to have a financial as well as a personal interest in whale watching and the conservation of cetaceans and the sea. (Source: IWC, 19961, Hoyt/WDCS, 2005, and Lott et al. 2006)

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, NOAA’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 Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Program, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Dolphin Ecology Project, and local dolphin-watch tour operators.

Notable Stats of Daily Sightings

Date
Daily Sighting Record
Type of Whales
#
Type of Dolphins
#
Tye of other species
#
2022-04-15
Blue
Pilot
01
50+
Spinner
50+
2022-04-14
Pilot
50+
Spinner
50+
2022-04-12
Blue
Brydes
01
01
Spinner
200+
2022-04-11
Blue
01
Spinner
100+
2022-04-10
Blue
Brydes
01
01
Spinner
200+
2022-04-09
Blue
01
Spinner
100+
2022-04-08
Blue
Brydes
01
01
Spinner
200+
2022-04-07
Blue
01
Spinner
200+
2022-04-05
Blue
Brydes
01
01
2022-04-04
Blue
Brydes
01
01
2022-04-02
Brydes
Blue
02
01
2022-04-01
Blue
01
2022-03-31
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-03-30
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-03-29
Blue
01
Spinner
100+
2022-03-28
Blue
01
Spinner
100+
2022-03-27
Blue
01
Spinner
300+
2022-03-26
Blue
01
Spinner
200+
2022-03-24
Spinner
200+
2022-03-23
Blue
01
2022-03-22
Spinner
100+
2022-03-20
Spinner
100+
2022-03-18
Brydes
01
2022-03-17
Killer
02
2022-03-14
Blue
Brydes
01
01
Spinner
75+
2022-03-05
Bottlenose
Spinner
Rissos
50+
10+
50+
2022-03-04
Killer
02
2022-02-27
Spinner
50+
2022-02-26
Brydes
02
Spinner
20+
2022-02-25
Brydes
02
Spinner
50+
2022-02-24
Brydes
01
Spinner
100+
2022-02-23
Spinner
100+
2022-02-22
Brydes
01
2022-02-21
Spinner
50+
2022-02-20
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-02-19
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-02-17
Spinner
300+
2022-02-16
Blue
01
Bottlenose
Spinner
50+
50+
2022-02-15
Pilot
50+
Spinner
100+
2022-02-12
Killer
02
2022-02-10
Brydes
01
Spinner
50+
2022-02-09
Blue
01
Spinner
10+
2022-02-08
Blue
03
Spinner
100+
2022-02-07
Blue
01
Spinner
200+
Turtles
02
2022-02-06
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-02-05
Blue
01
Spinner
100+
2022-02-04
Blue
02
Spinner
50+
2022-02-03
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-02-02
Bryde
01
Dolphin
50+
Turtles
02
2022-02-01
Blue
Fin
01
01
Spinner
100+
Turtles
02
2022-01-31
Blue
Killer
01
02
Spinner
50+
2022-01-30
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-01-29
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-01-27
Blue
Brydes
01
01
2022-01-26
Brydes
01
Spinner
50+
2022-01-25
Spotted
50+
Turtle
01
2022-01-24
Bottlenose
Spotted
Spinner
10+
10+
10+
Turtle
01
2022-01-23
Blue
01
Bottlenose
10+
Turtle
02
2022-01-22
Blue
Brydes
01
01
Turtle
02
2022-01-20
Blue
Brydes
01
02
2022-01-14
Brydes
01
2022-01-13
Spinner
50+
2022-01-12
Rissos
Bottlenose
Spinner
50+
50+
50+
2022-01-11
Blue
Brydes
01
02
2022-01-10
Blue
01
Bottlenose
50+
Green Turtle
2
2022-01-09
Blue
01
2022-01-08
Blue
Brydes
01
01
2022-01-07
Brydes
01
Spinner
100+
Turtles
2
2022-01-05
Blue
Brydes
01
01
2022-01-04
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-01-03
Blue
01
Spinner
100+
2022-01-02
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2022-01-01
Blue
02
Spinner
50+
2021-12-31
Blue
01
Spinner
100+
Turtles
02
2021-12-30
Blue
02
Spinner
50+
2021-12-29
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2021-12-28
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
2021-12-27
Brydes
02
2021-12-26
Brydes
02
2021-12-25
Brydes
01
2021-12-24
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
Turtles
Whale shark
02
01
2021-12-23
Blue
Whale shark
01
01
Spinner
50+
Turtle
01
2021-12-20
Blue
01
2021-12-18
Blue
01
spinner
50+
2021-12-17
Blue
01
spinner
50+
2021-12-16
Humpback
Bryde's
01
01
2021-12-15
Blue
03
2021-12-14
Blue
01
Turtles
02
2021-12-13
Bryde's
02
Spinner
20+
Turtles
02
2021-12-12
Humpback
02
Green turtles
02
2021-12-11
Rissos
50+
2021-12-10
Bryde's
01
Spinner
20+
2021-12-09
Bryde's
01
2021-12-08
Spinner
50+
2021-12-07
Bryde's
01
2021-12-06
Spotted
20+
2021-12-04
Bryde's
01
Risso's
20+
2021-12-03
Bryde's
01
2021-12-02
Spinner
50+
2021-11-25
Blue
01
Spinner
50+
There are three main vessels and few more are yet to be finalized with the fabrications.

Our Vessels

Jayasayura 01
Jayasayura 01
  • Seating Capacity: 40 Passengers.
  • Length: 40 ft. 8 in.
  • Equipments: All safety accessories and requirements including fire extinguisher, life raft, life rings, life jackets, etc.
  • Insurance: Hull & machinery, every passenger, every crew member.
  • Onboard Lavatory.
  • Double Deck.
  • Cusioned Seats and Mattress.
  • Cabin with 04 beds.
Jayasayura 02
Jayasayura 02
  • Seating Capacity: 80 Passengers.
  • Length: 45 ft
  • Equipments: All safety accessories and requirements including fire extinguisher, life raft, life rings, life jackets, etc.
  • Insurance: Hull & machinery, every passenger, every crew member.
  • Onboard Lavatory.
  • Double Deck.
  • Cusioned Seats and Mattress.
  • Cabin with 04 beds.
Spirit of Dondra 2 (Speed Boat)
Spirit of Dondra 2 (Speed Boat)
  • Seating Capacity: 08 Passengers.
  • Length: 30 ft
  • Equipments: All safety accessories and requirements including fire extinguisher, life raft, life rings, life jackets, etc.
  • Insurance: Hull & machinery, every passenger, every crew member.
  • Onboard Lavatory.
  • Double Deck.
  • Cusioned Seats and Mattress.
  • Cabin with 04 beds.

Experienced Crew:

  • Coxswain certificate of competency under the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
  • Life guards who certified under the Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka.
  • Fire fighters who certified under the Mercantile Seaman Training Institute of Sri Lanka.
  • PADI Licence
The Strength of The Team is Each Individual Member. The Strength of Each Member is The Team

The Best Team

  • We have three captains with Sri Lankan Coxswain Certificate of Competency.
  • Six Life guards certified under the Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka.
  • Six Fire fighters certified under Mercantile Seamen Training Institute of Sri Lanka
  • Six members have completed a course in first-aid and proficiency examination of the St. John Ambulance Association.
  • Six members have also successfully completed the CINEC MARITIME CAMPUS training in Personal Survival Techniques.
  • Three members have Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) License.
  • Professional and friendly staff to handle all our bookings.
  • All of the staff are vaccinated for Covid-19

Impressed? Let's Touch Base

Should you have any question or concern, you can reach us by filling out the contact form below or you can find us on other social networks.

Mirissa Water Sports (Pvt) Ltd

 Senasuma, Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

 94-77-3597732
 +94-77-3597731

  info@mirissawatersports.lk
 mirissawatersports@gmail.com