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SRI LANKAN BLUE WHALE AND DOLPHIN EXPEDITION

 

blue whale snorkeling in Sri Lanka

 

Expedition:

Snorkeling with blue whales and many other cetacean species.

Location:

Trincomali, Sri Lanka.

Accommodation:

Trinco Blu Luxury Hotel

Experience Level:

Snorkeling only.

   
2019 Dates:

April 5-13. FULL

2019 Price:

$4995 per person double occ. ($700 single room upgrade)

Trip Leader:

Simon Spear

   
2020 Dates:

March 14-21. 2 SPOTS AVAILABLE

2020 Price:

$4995 per person double occ. ($700 single room upgrade)

Trip Leader:

Simon Spear or Andy Murch

   

Whats included:

 

Colombo Airport pick up.

1 night hotel in Colombo with dinner and breakfast.

Group transfer to Trincomali.
6 nights hotel in Trincomali with all meals.

5 days at sea with whales.

Experienced captain and guide.

Fins and mask if required.

Group return transfer to airport.

Not included:

Flights, alcohol, weight belt, crew tips.

 

SNorkelling with blue whales.

 

Swim with the biggest animal that has ever lived!

 

snorkeling with blue whales

 

A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SNORKEL WITH THE LARGEST ANIMAL IN THE WORLD

In March and April each year, blue whales migrate through the warm, clear coastal waters of  Sri Lanka. When this incredible event occurs, we are there to meet them.

To get close to the whales without them getting stressed, we use small fast chase boats that hold a maximum of 4 free divers. With the help of expert guides, we will put you right in the path of the largest animal that has ever lived, observing the whales as they feed, swim and socialize.

 

Blue whale encounter in Sri Lanka

 

Imagine this 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.

 

Blue whale sri lanka dive

 

A CHANCE TO SWIM WITH AN AMAZING SELECTION OF OTHER CETACEANS

The focus of this trip is encounters with blue whales but they are not the only cetaceans that call Sri Lanka home. During your Whale and Dolphin snorkeling safari, you may have the opportunity to snorkel with up to thirteen species of whales and eight species of dolphin, including sperm whales, humpback whales, beaked whales, melon headed whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales.

Sperm whales can sometimes be seen in extremely large aggregations.

Other than blue whales, the most commonly seen cetaceans are Sperm Whales, Brydes Whales, Short Fin Pilot Whales, Spinner Dolphins, Humpback Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins.

 

False killer whales diving in Sri Lanka

False Orcas

 

dolphin swim in sri lanka

Long-beaked Common Dolphins

 

swimming with pilot whales in sri lanka

Pilot Whales

 

Bottlenose Dolphins


LEAVE YOUR DIVE GEAR AT HOME

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. 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.

 

Snorkeller with a blue whale

 

STAY IN PARADISE

During your Sri Lankan Whale Adventure, your home away from home will be the luxury Trinco Blu Resort Hotel in Trincomali.

 

Trinco Blu Hotel in Trincomali Sri Lanka.

 

Trinco Blu Hotel rooms

 

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Very close blue whale tail while snorkelling in Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Canadian Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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