Sri Lanka: Blue Whale Extension: Jan 25—29, 2018

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Departs: Colombo
Tour Limit: 10
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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Machiel Valkenburg

Machiel Valkenburg was born in 1982 in a southern province in the Netherlands where, encoura...

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Beach in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Beach in Mirissa, Sri Lanka— Photo: Kenneth Dedeu/shutterstock


This exciting extension to our Sri Lanka tour brings us to the southern side of the island, where in an oasis of beauty we will comfortably search on our privately chartered vessel for large concentrations of Blue Whales on the Laccadive Sea. Blue Whales are the largest mammals known alive, and we are in for a real spectacle; most of the time their 10 yards blow gives them away easily! In these waters, Pantropical Spotted, Striped, and Spinner dolphins occur, the latter regularly appearing in pods of hundreds of individuals. The bird life possibilities may include Wedge-tailed and Flesh-footed shearwaters, Great Frigatebird, and Lesser Crested and Greater Crested terns.

City clock tower in Galli, Sri Lanka

City clock tower in Galle, Sri Lanka— Photo: Eduard Kyslynskyy/shutterstock


On an afternoon visit to the bustling port of Galle, we will visit Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This well-preserved colonial sea fortress was founded by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, but later conquered by the Dutch, who transformed it with authentically Dutch architecture.

Excellent accommodations in a truly idyllic location; delicious cuisine; travel by air-conditioned minibus and privately chartered 33-ft. long vessel; easy walking along the beach and some possible turbulent waters while out on the ocean; white beaches and warm tropical climate.