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An excellent day on the ocean waves

This was an excellent trip, which was arranged on relatively short notice and enabled four of us to... read more

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Stan C
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Melbourne, Australia
Amazing Day of Whale Watching

Spent a day whale watching on the Jade, one of Sail Lanka’s catamarans, organized through the... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

we had an amazing time on the pearl! The experience cannot be described by the pictures on the website. It's definitely one of the most beautiful yachts in mirissa. The food could have been better though.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Pavi137
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

This was definitely a win on my sri lanka holiday! Will be back and will sail again, I absolutely loved it!

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank Karel J
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Jeroen M, Manager at Sail Lanka Charter, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2016

Thanks for joining our catamaran ride after your sailing training on the Minibees Karel Jan!! Looking forward to your next visit: maybe an overnight cruise on our newest boat Jade?

See you soon,

Jeroen

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Reviewed 1 July 2015

We went to Sri Sail in December last year a few days before Christmas. It is run by Belgians who are very well trained and experienced in sailing. The place is located at the very end of the harbour.

About 16 of us went and we took 2 boats. The total was LKR 16,650 for both boats which are known as Minibee. We were on the boats from 10am to 1pm which was 3 hours of sailing and well worth it. We didn't feel the time pass and it works up a good appetite.

Getting out of the harbour was a slow process, but once we were out at sea and the sails set up the boat moved really fast and the wind was strong. The boat will tilt dangerously but this is perfectly normal in sailing. But probably good if people with squeamish stomachs not go since they won't be able to handle it. But in my opinion, the tilting made the sailing even more fun. Thankfully we didn't have anyone in our group like that. During sailing the experienced Pieter explained to us everything about sailing and allowed us to navigate the boat and handle the sails. Sailing is done purely on the force of the wind, so there is a lot of maneuvering of the sails and rudder and coordination from all of us. Even for beginners like us, this was fun and challenging, and we were well guided by Pieter and helped by the young boy who was learning sailing from him. Near the end of sailing you can jump out of the boat and cling on the trailing rope while the boat is moving. Do not let go because although you might think you can swim up and catch up to the boat, it's moving way faster than you realize.

Wear sunscreen and go in comfortable clothes because it's very hot out at sea and don't forget your swim suit as well. Sunglasses are a must because the glare is very strong on the water. There are no facilities near by to change, so wear your swim suit and clothes before you get there, since the harbour mainly facilitates the fishermen and not recreational activities. This part of Mirissa is very much a local's area and not touristy place, so treat it as such.

Date of experience: December 2014
1  Thank Sin Y
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Reviewed 23 March 2015 via mobile

Found Sri Sail on Tripadvisor and e-mailed them I came to Mirissa, got a quick response and stopped by their office.

They offer a variety of sailing trips for really good prices. They have a luxurious catamaran for a relaxing sail experiences but also smaller sailing boats. As a solo traveler I went on the smaller sailing boats for a fun 3 hour discovery with Pieter (for only 25$). I had a little bit of experience with sailing so he let me hold the rudder. But it also can be great fun for those who never went sailing and just relax.

Can really recommend doing this while in Mirissa, it's great to be on the water and I think it's way more fun than whale watching if you have to make a choice.

2  Thank Essychan
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Reviewed 15 March 2015

We had a nice boat trip, a day in Januar 2015.
Leased boat (Mini Be) from Sri Sail, in the area Mirissa/Weligama bay.
Many thanks to Jeroen, and Remi, for god reception, friendly help and god service.
We will come back.

Kind regards from Norway.
Mallika, Alvar, Irene, Tore, and Ingunn

Date of experience: January 2015
3  Thank Alvar H
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