The introduction of a luxury catamaran cruise a couple of years ago has completely turned the whale watching experience on its head and we’re now proud to recommend it as a tourist activity.

On board, there is plenty of space on deck to find a seat or even lie down on the trampoline, close your eyes and listen to the splashing of the water underneath. The trip length is 7 hours so there is no rush, which means everything is done at a gentle ‘Sri Lankan’ pace. There’s time to have a drink, read a book or just look out across the Indian Ocean.

Program (7 hours)

At 6:30 guests are welcomed onboard Pearl and the skipper sets course to the whales. En route you will be served a freshly prepared three-course breakfast. The moment the guide spots the whales you will be invited to the front of the boat or the top level for the best views.

After enjoying the whales you’ll set sail again and head to a quiet remote spot where you have the chance to hit the water for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. Having built up an appetite you’ll be rewarded with a two-course lunch while you admire the view back to shore.


November to April – South coast / Mirissa Fisheries Harbour

Every morning from 6.30 am to 1.30 pm. Advance booking required.

Exclusive boat only: $750 + $70 per adult (or $40 per child)


May to October – East coast / Trincomalee

Every morning from 6.30 am to 1.30 pm. Advance booking required.

Shared boat – per person rate $150 (per adult) and $75 (per child)

or Exclusive boat only: $750 + $70 per adult (or $40 per child)


Responsible tourism: 

Catamaran’s offer one of the most environmentally friendly ways of sailing. But it’s not only the environment Sail Lanka care about, their employees are trained and educated in-house. They receive training in sailing skills, yacht maintenance, technical repair skills, sailing related sales and marketing, and operational and administration skills. They also facilitate local youth involvement to develop and improve their talents and skills in a number of sailing related activities while respecting and preserving their environment.

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