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Whale Watching Sri Lanka
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The day started with piles of tourists being rammed onto a large boat. The tour operaters were rude to the customers forcing some people to sit on seats that had a large pillars blocking their view. The trip started and within 30 mins the majority of the boat were vomiting loudly all around us into plastic bags. The seats were hard and uncomfortable. I took one of the sea sickness tablets provided which pretty much knocked me out. The trip was five hours of hell for two glimpses of whales. Any enjoyment we may have got from this was ruined by being ordered to stand up and look by the tour guides. They then shouted at people ‘look, look now or you wil all complain you have not seen whales’ and literally forced an elderly man who had been vomiting for two hours to stand up in his seat. There were too many boats in the sea and when a whale was seen they all encircled the animal, no doubt causing it stress. After the glimpse of its back... twice.... we turned around and sailed back for two hours in choppy seas listening to everyone vomiting around us. So many other better activities to do. Please don’t waste your time or money!

Thank nomad85
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Besides you will see very little it is a mass tourist chasing of a from my perspective stressed animal chased by loads of boats.. Only the cameras are there instead of harpoons..

Thank Matus T
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

You will see only some fragments of whales's backs. If lucky, their tails, as they dive deep after a session breathing. Out of 11 people on our deck 6 were throwing up, 2 were sick and about to puke. Would not have gone if I had known how it would be. The whales do not feed there => do not jump out of the water like near Canada or the U.S.

Thank Akamarple
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We were 4 of us out to see the whales. My husbond normaly gets very seasick. But he took a pill two hours before sailing and he had no sickness. The pills only work taking them before you get sick. The crew was friendly and served us coffee and bread. 1 1/2 hours of sailing and we spotted the first whale (minkewhale). It was close to the boat, but the captain still kept a respectfull distance to the whale. The trip was 5 hours and not too long. We spotted 6 whales (minke and bluewhales). A truely big experience that we can highly recommend!

Thank jw2610
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We left our hotel Kaparatota at 6.15 and reached the harbour around 6.30AM. There were some other people already been there since 5.30AM, we were lucky because we booked through our hotel and they told us not to leave too early.
The harbour is smell like fish and a bit dirty. But the boat was ok, we were in a big boat with around 50-60 peoples in total. They give us life jacket, seasick pill (which i didn't take), breakfast (sandwich), coffee, and juice.
We were so lucky that in our first 40mins after we left the harbour we saw our first whale, a Blue Whale. Well to be fair we were seeing it from the distance and one tail flipping. Since I never experienced any whale encounter before, that excites me. Then we were seeing turtles mating, dolphins breaching, and flying fish. All were so amazing.
Then after 2hrs they decided to get back to the harbour. Again we were so lucky we saw a Whale Shark.
So far I guess we were lucky, not so many people were so lucky like us. But you know what don't set high expectations on this trip, just think of it as a boat trip with a chance to see Whales. Then you'll be alright.

Thank Csna70
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