Had the good fortune and luck of going whale watching with Duminda and the Whale warriors team. My AIRBNB Host suggested me this company and initially i thought it was a mistake as our boat was one of the last ones to leave thanks to a delayed group of chinese tourist who were booked on with us but once we started we had the best and closest sightings from all the boats cumulatively put together and that was all thanks to the captain who also owns the boat.
Duminda, Hes relatively new to the Whale watching business but hes an old player at sea. He was a fisherman for 19 years and has sailed to far corners of the world (Australia and Oman) on fishing expeditions lasting months. Once he his team ventured into indian waters and were briefly detained.
He exactly knows the behaviour of the whales, tracking is done without any devices and his boat is not packed with tourist unlike some other companies whose boats looked like they would topple, packed to the brim.
We spotted some 8-9 whales and everytime our boat would be headed in a different direction from where the other boats would be going. The whales surface 3-4 times to fill in their lungs and then dive for periods of 30-40 mins.
He kept the boat parallel to the whale and slightly behind its line of sight which was a science and secret logic no other boats were follow resulting in our boat having the closest and longest sightings of the mammoth creature. We even could experience whales flanking (raising their tail while diving) more than a couple of times at a distance of nothing more than 30 feet.
He speaks broken english but was able to successfully communicate with me and convey all the points im covering in my review. I am able to write this review because im quite passionate about wildlife and marine life hence i took the opportunity to chat up with him. Duminda is passionate about what hes doing and does a lot for the conservation of whales since that Sea corridor is a busy one and sees approximately 300 ships passing daily.
The waters are ideal for whales to feed and come give birth as a lot of rivers flow into the waters off mirissa bringing in shrimp, the water is warm and ideal for the whales.
All in all, Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with a near proximity from India, i will definitely visit again and go whale watching with none else but these guys for the personalized and warm hospitality they gave and of course the best sightings.
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