Although Sri Lanka is not famous for its whale watching, itís the icing on the cake for many visitors. You can see up to ten different species including fin whales, Brydeís whales, minkes, humpback, sperm whales, long-nosed spinner dolphins, long-beaked common dolphins, common bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins and, best of all, blue whales. Whale watching is becoming big business here, especially around Mirissa and Galle, so be careful whom you go out on the seas with, as it is important for you and the whales that your whale watching experience is a responsible one. See, for example, if the trip is accredited by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and if it has a responsible tourism policy. At the moment there is almost no government regulation in place with regards to whale watching, so the more people who ask for responsible whale watching, the better. See our guide to whale watching
for more details. The best time for whale and dolphin watching is late November to mid-April Ė with blue whales closest to shore from late February to mid-March.