• Blue whale safari, Sri Lanka
  • Blue whale safari, Sri Lanka

Swim with the largest animal known to roam the world's oceans

Swim with the largest animal known to roam the world's oceans

Our week-long Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari is an incredible opportunity to snorkel with magnificent blue whales. Staying on a remote and beautiful beach on the east coast of Sri Lanka, you'll head out each day with a photographer and research team. Our underwater photographers and blue whale experts will make sure to take photos and videos to document your journey.


Depending on the schedule you will have one of the following guides on your boat. We have chosen them specifically for their in-depth knowledge of the whales and their underwater photographic experience.

Patrick Dykstra

BBC photographer, skydiver, caver and intrepid traveller, Patrick Dykstra has captured incredible images around the world. He has been at the forefront of blue whale study in Sri Lanka and works closely with local research teams, ensuring that the permits used to get our clients close to the whales will contribute to their conservation in the wild.

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joshua barton

In 2016, Joshua's group with NWS clients were the first non-professionals to photograph transient orcas underwater off the coast of Sri Lanka – and among the first anywhere in the world to do so. Joshua works with his expedition clients to guide them in using the right equipment and the right camera settings, and finding the right moments and perspectives to get the shots that his clients come across the world to capture. Joshua has been published in National Geographic Traveller, Sanctuary Magazine, Saevus, International Wildlife and many other periodicals, as well as over 50 newspapers or their online versions across the world.

Joshua Barton Photo

Rita Messing

Rita has extensive guiding experience with orca, humpbacks and sperm whales, and has been personally field-trained by Patrick Dykstra. As a National Geographic photographer, marine wildlife expert and Doctor of Optometry, she has travelled extensively. Destinations include the frigid waters of Arctic Norway, where she filmed orcas on the hunt for herring, to the remote high-altitude regions of Nepal, where she provided eye care to villagers following the 2015 earthquake. Another passion of hers is nature and wildlife photography, including underwater and drone work. She will go to great extremes to get the shot, whether it be from her kayak, in sub-zero temperatures, or a combination of both. She is always eager for any adventure!

Rita Messing

On this safari, your guide will be with you on the boat, getting you in the right place at the right time to see the whales in the clearest water. They will be there to capture amazing footage of you with the whales, and for guidance throughout your pioneering journey.

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Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari Facts


This safari is 9 days long and limited to four guests per trip.


From £6,770 per person, excluding international flights.

When to go

This is a small group departure with departures on select dates in March.

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