Dolphin Watching in Trincomalee

Many species of amazing animals can be encountered during your visit to Sri Lanka, and these include perhaps the most fascinating animals of all – the cetaceans. In the azure blue waters off of Trincomalee’s coast, you’ll be able to witness these majestic marine mammals travel in search of food and warm waters. Of these, some of the most fantastic sightings you’ll see will be the playful antics of the resident dolphin pods.

Trincomalee’s waters are regularly visited by a variety of dolphins, namely spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and striped dolphins. The largest members of the dolphin family, the killer whale, has also been sighted albeit rarely. The playful antics of these intelligent seafarers are sure to keep you entertained and fill you up with lasting memories. Spinner dolphins, in particular, are known to show off their acrobatic skills by leaping out of the water and (aptly) spinning around in the air before descending back into the blue.

The dolphin’s larger cousins, the great whales, also frequent these waters, so keep your eyes peeled for these gentle giants. July, in particular, has proven to be an excellent time to catch sightings of blue whales. It can be quite the exhilarating experience watching these animals breach and flaunt their massive tail flukes in the air. Of course, you’ll be seeing all of this in the comfort and safety of your own tour boat.

Due to most of these wonderful species, unfortunately, being endangered, the Sri Lankan coastguard oversees and enforces strict regulations on whale watching. Particularly, they ensure that both the crew and passenger adhere to the necessary safety precautions. This ensures both you and the animals are safe and enjoying themselves.