Small Group Safari

Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari

A beautiful underwater adventure in Sri Lanka diving with whales. A truly unique opportunity to swim with, be photographed alongside, and assist in the research of the largest animal ever known to exist on earth, the blue whale.

Duration 9 days
Price From $8,313
When Mar 2019
Destination Sri Lanka

Safari Overview

This exclusive pioneering itinerary offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to assist a research team and be photographed with the mighty blue whale, led by one of two world-renowned photographers: Patrick Dykstra and Joshua Barton. Patrick 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, while Joshua was among the first to photograph transient orcas in these same waters. Both have developed an expertise that is unmatched when it comes to close encounters with Sri Lanka's marine wildlife. You will also be joined on your safari by a team of local researchers, allowing you to assist with their conservation efforts throughout your trip.

Spend your time heading out into the ocean in search of these gentle giants, before joining them in the water for a truly magical experience. When back on land, relax and enjoy the comforts of the stunning Weligama Bay Resort and reflect upon your unforgettable underwater encounters.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Swim with magnificent blue whales at the optimum time for best visibility.
  • Be photographed with the whales in the water.
  • Assist with blue whale conservation as you travel alongside professional local researchers.
  • 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 four guests.

A pioneering safari putting you face to face with some of the largest animals on the face of the earth, the blue whales.

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Day by day

Day 1

Colombo - Weligama Bay

You arrive today in Colombo airport and transfer to Weligama Bay on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. 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, we plan to swim and snorkel with these gentle giants. Spend the rest of the day settling into to your charming new surroundings and let the anticipation build.

Overnight: Weligama Bay Resort

Days 2-8

Swimming with blue whales

The next 7 days are dedicated to seeing and being photographed with blue whales underwater with your expert photographer. 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, joined by professional local researchers, whom you will assist with their research and conservation efforts.

Overnight: Weligama Bay Resort B

Day 9

Weligama Bay - Colombo

Today you will be transferred back to Colombo for your flight home. Your journey is sure to be filled with incredible memories of the once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters that you have experienced over the past seven days.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

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 four people per trip. It is easy to extend this trip to include more of Sri Lanka’s highlights. Find out when to go for the best wildlife experiences.

 2019 Trip Dates  Price  Guide
Mar 9 - 17 From £6,465 per person. Sold out - join the wait list here. Patrick Dykstra
Mar 17 - 25 From £6,465 per person. Sold out - join the wait list here. Patrick Dykstra
Mar 25 - Apr 2 From £6,465 per person. Sold out - join the wait list here. Patrick Dykstra

*Please note there is a single supplement fee of £775

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