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 southern tip of Sri Lanka, you'll head out each day with a photographer and research team. Your underwater photographers and blue whale experts, Patrick Dykstra and Joshua Barton, will make sure to take photos and videos of your journey, and capture images of you with the blue whales in the water. This small group departure is on set dates each year, and is limited to just four guests at a time.

A pioneering marine safari, bringing you face to face with magnificent blue whales.

Your guide on this safari: 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.

your guide on this safari: 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.

On this safari, Patrick or Joshua 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.

Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari Facts


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


From £6,465 per person, excluding international flights.

When to go

This is a small group departure with departures on select dates in March, in both 2019 and 2020.

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