Whale watching tours

Whale watching, witness magic of cetaceans

 

From december to march, come and witness the incredible show offered by the whales in Kalpitiya peninsula.

Surfacing from time to time, these enigmatic cetaceans will offer you an unforgettable experience.

 

Five different types of whales can be find in our coastline : sperm whales, blue whale, minke, melon-headed and dwarf sperm whales. In particular, the continental shelf of Kalpitiya coastline provide an ideal habitat to the Sperm whale, the largest toothed whale in the world.

 

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The sperm whale

The sperm whale, also called cachalot, is the largest toothed predator of the world. The average length for a male is 16 meters and the head can represent up to one third of it length. It is the living being with the biggest brain of the world.

While mature male have a solitary life, young males and female stay together in group, using echolocation and vocalization underwater to communicate. During more than a decade, females nurse their young and protect them from their predators, mostly orcas. Sperm whales can live up to 60 years.

 

You might wonder why such a name …

Actually, their heads contain a big fluid-filled organ with a white liquid that whalers first mistook for the sperm of the whale. This organ has then been called spermaceti.

This impressive mammal is however endangered. Sperm oil has been a major industry for the two past centuries. Whaling industry uses it in oil lamp, lubricants, candles and perfumes (used as a fixative). Sperm whales have been listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

 

Organization of the tour

The boat comes to pick you up at 8am, so that you have time to breakfast before leaving. Just cruise the bridge and jump in the boat. You will navigate a bit until reaching the whale area and started to be encircled by these majestic animals.

You come back at the hotel at the end of the morning before lunch.

 

All tours are carried out by certified guides trained by us to conduct tours in English. They will do a brief on the types of the whales we see in addition to sharing valuable information about their behavior and threats these animals face due overfishing.

At Kalpitiya Dolphin Hotel we feel very concerned about animals well being and conduct all our tours in the most respectful way in order to preserve and protect their environment.

 

Price : 15 000 Rs per boat

6 person can board a boat