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Address: Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa 81740, Sri Lanka
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+94 71 333 1811
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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We are a local family, providing environmental and sustainable whale...

We are a local family, providing environmental and sustainable whale watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka since 2008. We are very keen on protecting the whales and also have been doing research about them for many years now. We are very proud that we are recommended in the new Sri Lankan lonely planet and by so many users of tripadvisor. For bookings please send us an email (anytime), give us a call (between 2 pm and 8 pm) or visit our office in Mirissa Harbour (2 pm to 6 pm). Our price is 6000 LKR for adults and 3000 LKR for kids. Small kids (< 6 years) are free of charge. A refund of 50% is given if we do not see any whales on the day of your trip. Please help to protect the whales!

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I went on this trip with my friend. We read that they dont harass the whales, dont chase them and are respectful, so we chose Raja & the whales, which didnt disappoint at... read more

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went on this trip with my friend. We read that they dont harass the whales, dont chase them and are respectful, so we chose Raja & the whales, which didnt disappoint at all! They keep their distance, but you still get to see the whales (if you find any, no guarantees - or as they say 'it's not an... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is by no means the cheapest whale watching trip in Mirissa, but I would recommend paying the extra money to go out with Raja & his team. They are all very knowledgeable and they treat the whales with respect. They don't chase them, bother them or harass them like you see many of the other boats doing. As with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Recommended company to go whale watching with. They don't go too close nor pursue the whales, furthermore it felt as thought they were keeping their distance from the other boats so it didn't feel too busy. Friendly, knowledgeable staff with a great eye for spotting the whales. Very well fed as well! Great day out and great value for money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The perfect crew, the perfect sea, the perfect weather and the perfect fruity breakfast. The crew works with a Canadian university, collecting data in order to try and influence shipping lanes, hence protecting the whales and other sea life. We were tremendously lucky to have such knowledgeable and respectful crew members informing us. We had the great opportunity to observe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Raja and the whales was a definite highlight of our Sri Lanka trip. The crew was full of characters, in particular the roguishly endearing Raja (who my wife found particularly charming), all of whom were knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. We were the first boat out of the harbour and the last back, leaving at just after sunrise and back by... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Super friendly staff, not to many people on the boat, it costs 6000 rupees and you'll get half the money back if you should be so unlucky not to se any whales. They follow the international guidelines for whale approaching and they made it quite clear that they respected the animals and also participated in whale researching, I don't know... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Raja and the Whales are fab! Tea and biscuits and sea sickness tabs to start followed by a decent briefing about whales in general and also how to responsibly watch them. Fruit platter followed and after about an hour of chugging we started to see blue whales - about 10-12 in total and they were amazing. In the middle of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our hotel organised the whale watching trip with Raja. I had specifically stated that I wanted only to go with a company that would not chase or bother the whales in any way. Raja exceeded my expectations: the boot was comfortable, very clean, well fitted with safety equipment and life jackets and most importantly, they were really respectful of the... More 

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Panjim, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Raja staff explained how they work, showing with diagrams how they try to minimise the disturbance to the whales. Whenever they spotted a whale, they would align the boat alongside at a reasonable distance, rather than try to chase or block it. They are helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The upper deck is better, for views and space, but you may... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried this due to the hype but was disappointed. They leave the harbor at 7 am. Still you need to arrive around 6 am to get a good seat on the upper deck. Once in the open sea the boat rocks heavily against the waves. If you are likely to get seasick, you need to take medications an hour... More 

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