Dolphin Watching in Kalpitiya Sri Lanka

Dolphin watching in kalpitiya

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Dolphin watching in kalpitiya

Thought of as the most intelligent beings in the water, dolphins are friendly and playful.Now you have the opportunity to enjoy dolphin watching in kalpitiya, unforgettable experience of your life. Many varieties of dolphins gather in large schools off the Kalpitiya coast of Sri lanka. Once hunted for their meat, all dolphins are now protected species in Sri Lanka, hence their numbers have improved. The clean warm waters in the area are the perfect habitat for these playful, friendly creatures. November to April is generally the best period for dolphin watching, as they migrate from colder waters during the winter months. Among the types of dolphins that you will be able to see are common dolphins, bottle-nose dolphins, spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and humpback dolphins.

Sri Lanka Day Tours will take you on a boat to the best spots for dolphin watching. See the different species of dolphin leaping out of the water or just coming up for a breath of fresh air. Hear them communicate with each other and frolic in the rich waters. The waters around Kalpitiya are also known for a few species of whales – mostly sperm whales – visible during this period. More elusive than the generally playful dolphins, you can consider yourself very lucky if you manage to spot one of these magnificent giants.

Spinner dolphins are encountered quite frequently during the dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. These dolphins are the entertainers of the ocean and have long, slender snouts and grow up to 2 meters. They are most commonly known for their acrobatic skills and their famous spins through the air as they leap out of the water. Their performance of beautifully synchronized somersaults and flips is truly a sight to behold. These dolphins are extremely sociable and have been known to travel in very large pods that number as many as a thousand dolphins. Super pods have known to have as many as 2000 dolphins. On extremely clear days, the spinner dolphins can even be spotted from the shore.

Apart from the spinner dolphin, the humpback and bottlenose types also inhabit the coast of Kalpitiya. The humpback species has a noticeable hump on its back and is often seen close to the shore while the bottlenose dolphin is known for its unmistakable snout. The bottle-nose is also highly intelligent, and uses high-pitches squeaks to communicate.

Risso’s dolphins can also be spotted in these waters and are noted for their characteristically square heads and their long dorsal fins. While being able to grow up to 4 metres, these dolphins often have scars on their bodies from their playful fighting.

kalpitiya is firmly fixed on the map to see dolphin for dolphin watching, because of its location and close proximity to international airport. Pods of over 1000 dolphin live just offshore all throughout the year, but its possible see dolphins during December to April when the sea is lot calmer and the small fising boats to travel.

» You would be met at 7.30 a.m. at our centre and be ushered to the boat. After a briefing, we depart to the sea.
» Kalpitiya is a relatively new destination in Sri Lanka gaining prominence as late as 2005 when large pods of Spinner dolphins were spotted off its coast. They were mainly seen in a belt that ran parallel to the Kalpitiya peninsula which was commonly known as the Dolphin Line. Kalpitiya is now one of the main attractions in Sri Lanka especially amongst tourists looking for water-based adventures.
» The best time to go dolphin watching in Kalpitiya is from the period between November and March/April. Conditions are perfect during this time to catch a glimpse at a number of different sea mammals as the waters remain relatively calm. The calmer ocean also allows you to spot dolphins from further away as visibility improves.
» 7Spinner Dolphins are amongst some of the most commonly spotted dolphin species while Bottlenose, Risso’s, Indo-Pacific and Humpback Dolphins are seeing regularly.


One is to drive 10km North of resort then exit the lagoon, advantage with this is you can also snorkel at bar reef, keep in mind that Bar feef is bleached El nino effect, there are no reef but there are fishes in the area.

Other is, we will transfer you to other side of the sandbank from there you will be picked up via boat to continue your tour.

Government has recently implemented discriminatory fee of 10$ per foreign visitors.

Dolphin Watching Route Kalpitiya

SEASON - Dolphin Watching – October (Mid October) – MayWhale Watching – Best months are FEB/MAR/APR. But luckily you will see whales during dolphin season as well.


DURATION - 3 – 4 Hours

DEPARTURE LOCATIONS - From vlampuri kite resort

PEOPLE - Maximum 6 in a Boat

PRICE (Locals) - Dolphin Watching BOAT price Starting from to LKR 12,000/= (Up to 6 people can travel in a Boat). Note – During Dolphin Watching tour luckily whales can be seen.Whale Watching Starting from LKR 18,000/= for a Boat (Up to 5 people can travel in a Boat).a service fee of

PRICE (Foreigners) - Dolphin Watching US$100 for 2 persons Including “Wild Life Tickets”. Each additional person US$30 Including “Wild Life Ticket”. Note – During Dolphin Watching tour luckily whales can be seen.Whale Watching US$130 for 2 persons Including “Wild Life Tickets”. Each additional person US$35 Including “Wild Life Ticket”.

INCLUDED - Boat Transfer, Drinking Water, Life Jackets and Wild Life Ticket.

ADDITIONAL NOTES - We do tours if the weather condition is proper only. FREE Cancellation prior 1 day of arrival. Each person (even child) in the boat will be counted as an adult.Only for house guest Breakfast can be providedIMPORTANT

» Insect repellents, sun protection creams etc., are highly recommended.
» Suitable casual clothing/footwear for outdoor activities.
» Emphasis on importance of safety standards we provide.
- Passengers according to the number of seats and not more.
- Lifejackets to each and every client.
» Obey all safety rules given by the crew.
» Dolphin sightings: There is a 90 to 95% high probability to see whales during our tours. We are doing our best to find them for you on every single dolphin watching excursion. However, on some days, even with our best efforts, it is impossible for us to show you the dolphins. It’s important that we are aware that it’s wildlife we are going to see in the blue ocean.
» Getting seasick: There is always at least a light swell in the not-so-calm Indian Ocean. If it’s the first time for you on a boat in the Indian Ocean or if you tend to get seasick, we advise you to take seasickness medication recommended by your doctor, Avomine and it’s freely available in any pharmacy.
» Do not feed any wild animals (Yes, they are wild animals). Swimming near your boat doesn’t mean they want your food.
» Do not compel your guide/boatman to take the boat too close to them.