After reading some of the earlier reviews it shows you need to do your research before you book. Firstly you need to make sure that you're going to whale watching when the weather is best suited for sea travel. Don't book in the middle of the year when the weather is bound to be rough and then blame the operators. Secondly if you're prone to sea sickness then either take precautions or don't go - don't blame the operators they can't control the ocean. Thirdly whales and dolphins are wild animals there are no guarantees that you will see them in the wild don't blame the operators they try their best.
Now Danushka's operation uses the most modern boat in the Mirissa fleet - it's a trimaran and is designed for cruising on the ocean. Most of the other boats are converted fishing boats and therefore no where near as stable. Because its new it has more powerful engines than the others - so when all the other boats leave the harbour don't stress as Danushka's boat will overtake them and reach the whale watching area ahead of most of the fleet. It should only cost you Rs6,000 per person (don't forget as a foreigner you'll also have to pay Rs25 to get into the Mirissa fishing boat harbour), which is more than some of the others but you are paying for a smoother quicker safer ride than the other boats.
As soon as you leave they provide you with a hot cuppa of tea and sea sickness pills for those who need it. Later on the trip out they provide a breakfast box, with a sandwich/roll, short eat and juice box - there is also bottled water available. The boat also has on board toilets.
The boat has two decks, the lower decks has seats and the upper deck has none (don't forget to take your shoes off if you're going upstairs - bin provided at the bottom of the stairs).
We were lucky in that while we were out we managed to see about 10 blue whales and a manta ray. The crew is very professional and generally able to answer most of your questions. They are also very good at spotting whale signs and getting the boat in a good position to view these amazing creatures. Because they don't chase the whales like some of the other boats you are not always as close but the point is not to disturb them in their natural habitat - they are performing animals.
My only criticism is that once we had seen what the captain thought was enough whales we turned around and headed back to the harbour - I would have loved to stay longer and tried to see if there were any other species of whales or dolphins or turtles around. I'm guessing the captain wanted to conserve fuel - that or he knew the seas would get rougher later in the day.
All in all it was amazing experience - well worth the money.
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