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Itinerary Summary

9 Days
Sri Lanka
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
9 Days £7270 Apr Sri Lanka Small Group Safari
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Sri Lanka Swimming With Whales Safari

The coastal waters of Sri Lanka are teeming with marine life, with over 26 species of cetaceans passing through the tranquil landscape throughout the year. This safari will get you up close and personal with some of the ocean's giants, as you swim in close proximity to sperm whales, blue whales, humpback whales, killer whales, several species of dolphin and many more. Although species encountered on this trip vary from trip to trip and year to year, our BAFTA-winning Blue Planet II videographer and his team will work hard to ensure non-intrusive 'in-water' encounters with full permits.


  • Snorkel with some of the largest creatures on the planet, the blue whale, sperm whale and humpback whale.
  • We have full permits for legitimate, non-intrusive, in-water encounters.
  • Spot a host of other marine wildlife, including green sea turtles, spinner dolphins, pilot whales and dugongs.
  • Learn more about this remarkable species from our expert marine team.
  • Contribute to blue whale conservation by working alongside local researchers.
  • Be photographed alongside these graceful sea-dwelling creatures.
  • Enjoy the ambience at your beachside resorts after a day on the water.

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Swim with humpback, blue, and sperm whales in Sri Lanka from $9,669 PP.


Experience 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.

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 our renowned marine photographers: Joshua Barton and his team.

Our guides have developed an expertise that is unmatched when it comes to close encounters with Sri Lanka's marine wildlife. You may also have the opportunity to 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 your secluded beachside resorts and reflect upon your unforgettable underwater encounters.

This safari has been featured many times in the worldwide press as one of the most exclusive trips on the planet. Have a chat with our specialists to find out more about what makes these departures so unique.

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1


Arrive at the airport where you will be met by our local representative and transferred to Sri Lanka’s east coast (approx. 6 hours drive). The deep coastal waters of the Indian Ocean are probably the best place in the world to see humpback, blue, and sperm whales, but where most travel companies are restricted to whale watching from the deck of a boat, our plan is to actually take to the water with these gentle giants, swimming and snorkelling alongside them. After arriving at your resort, spend the rest of the day settling into to your charming new lodgings. There will be a pre-safari briefing at 7pm. You will be staying at small resorts set by the beach in one of two secluded spots on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka, one of the best places in the world to spot up to 26 species of cetaceans. To protect the whales and dolphins from the onslaught of mass tourism, the exact locations are a closely guarded secret, known only to whale experts like Joshua and his team. With just a few rooms and suites at both locations this is a great place to relax and enjoy your surroundings in sumptuous privacy.

Days 2-8


Spend the next 7 days of your safari dedicated to seeing and being photographed with humpback, blue, and sperm whales underwater. Our expert photographers and blue whale specialists have developed an unmatched expertise when it comes to getting close encounters with Sri Lanka’s cetaceans and other remarkable sealife. You will wake early each morning before boarding boats to head out into the ocean.

Day 9


Today you will be transferred back to Colombo for your onward journey (approx. 6 hours drive). The journey should be filled with memories of the incredible wildlife encounters you have had over the course of your marine safari.



This is a small group safari that allows you to get up close and swim with Humpback, Sperm and even 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.

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

Each week in 2023 will have two departures with 4 guests being assigned to a guide at a time. 

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