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Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari

A 9 day safari to swim with blue whales in Sri Lanka - from £5,225 per person, excluding international flights.

What makes this trip extraordinary
  • Swim with magnificent blue whales at the best time for clear waters.
  • Be photographed with the whales in the water.
  • Assist with blue whale conservation.
  • Stay in a luxurious Sri Lankan property with a stunning, sandy beach.
  • Witness other marine mammals, including sea turtles, white risso dolphins, spinner dolphins and pilot whales.
  • Limited to just 4 guests.

Sri Lanka swimming with blue whales safari

The experience

This exclusive pioneering itinerary is a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim and be photographed with the mighty blue whale. Patrick Dykstra was part of the first team of photographers to locate and interact with blue whales off the coast of Sri Lanka following the nation’s civil war and he has developed an expertise that is unmatched when it comes to getting close encounters with the blue whales of Sri Lanka. Spend a week heading out into the ocean in search of these gentle giants and enjoy the comforts of the stunning Weligama Bay Resort. There is a maximum of four guests on this itinerary at any one time.

Trip details

This is a small group safari that allows you to get up close with the pygmy blue whales in Sri Lanka. Groups are limited to 4 people per trip. It is easy to extend this trip to include more of Sri Lanka’s highlights. Click the blue button at the end of the page for more details.

Travel details
  • Travel: March & April (due to visibility in the water)
  • Destination: Sri Lanka (Weligama Bay).
  • Style: small group safari for up to 4 guests
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Restrictions: you must be a strong swimmer to join this trip and have a real passion for marine-life and blue whales.

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Please note
  • The safety of guests and that of the whales is top priority.
  • There will be a swim test at the beginning of the trip and you may be asked to wear a life vest in the water or alternatively be accompanied when in the water.
  • A portion of the trips cost will be donated to whale conservation efforts.
  • All photos we take will be offered for non-exclusive use to the Sri Lankan wildlife and tourism authorities and others who may ask for them to further conservation efforts.
  • The whales come to us, we do not “chase” or harass the whales. Our technique is to read the whale and its pattern and position the boat in the right spot with the engine off for the whale to come to us.
2016 Departures
March 2-10  From £5,225pp  4 spaces available
March 9-17
From £5,225pp  2 spaces available
March 17-23  From £5,225pp  Fully Booked 
March 24-April 1  From £5,225pp Fully booked
April 2-10 From £5,225pp
2 spaces available
April 10-18 From £5,225pp
Fully booked

There is a maximum of 4 guests on these departures.

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Day 1 Colombo - Weligama Bay

Arrive at the airport where you are met and transferred to Weligama Bay on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka, an approximate 2.5 hour transfer. These deep coastal waters of the Indian Ocean are probably the best place in the world to see blue whales, but where most companies are confined to watching them from inside of a boat, the plan is to swim and snorkel with these gentle giants. Spend the rest of the day settling into to your charming new surroundings.
Overnight: Weligama Bay Resort – (B)

Exterior, Weligama Bay ResortSuperior Room, Weligama Bay ResortWhale Watching, Weligama Bay ResortWildlife, Weligama Bay Resort
Days 2-8 Swimming with blue whales at Weligama Bay
The blue whale is the largest animal to ever inhabit the planet, in fact as far as we know, it is larger than even the largest dinosaur. A blue whale’s heart is the size of a car and its tongue weighs as much as an elephant; the subspecies present in Sri Lanka can grow up to 24 meters (79 feet) in length. 

The next 7 days are dedicated to seeing and being photographed with blue whales underwater with our expert photographer and blue whale specialist, Patrick Dykstra. When it comes to getting close encounters with the blue whales of Sri Lanka, his expertise is unmatched. You will wake early each morning before boarding boats to head out into the ocean. There is a maximum of 4 guests on this expedition, this allows for the maximum number of encounters each day on the water. Each day we will be joined by a local Sri Lankan whale researcher who will give us valuable and fascinating information on the whales of his native country.

Although blue whales are our focus, we may well swim with huge pods of 16 metre plus sperm whales (largest of the toothed whales), spinner dolphins, white risso dolphins, short finned pilot whales, sea turtles, sailfish, and marlin. All of these have been spotted during our expeditions in the past.

The daily schedule will depend on our encounters and the whale behaviour, but in general the afternoons are free to explore the local area. You may want to spend your time relaxing on the beach, make visits to the fort and lighthouse in the local town of Galle, which is rich in colonial historic sites, or visit the southernmost point of Sri Lanka and its lighthouse at Dondra. There are also numerous Buddhist temples and historic sites to visit along the coast. For the more energetic amongst you, the beach at Weligama is an excellent place to learn to surf with professional instructors available on request. There also are local tea plantations that can be visited.

There are no guarantees with wild animals, and these are some of the most challenging in the world to approach, but we have an unprecedented success rate given our commitment to research, training and proper equipment.
Overnight: Weligama Bay Resort – (B)

Boats on the BeachSnorkelling with WhalesSnorkelling with WhalesDolphin Jumping
Day 9 Weligama Bay - Colombo
Today you will be transferred back to Colombo for your flight back home. The journey should be filled with incredible memories of the incredible wildlife encounters that you have had over the past 7 days – (B)

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Weligama Bay Resort, Weligama Bay
Exterior, Weligama Bay Resort

The lovely Weligama Bay Resort was opened in November 2008 on a beach at the edge of secluded Weligama Bay, right on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. This quiet cove is often calm enough for swimming, snorkelling and surfing at any time of the year and is one of the best places in the world to spot blue whales.... read more

Whale & Dolphin Watching (Nov - Apr)
Water Sports
Snorkelling & Diving (seasonal)
Beach Relaxation
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Highlights of this trip

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