Adventure Cruises in Sri Lanka

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About Sri Lanka cruises

Most famous for whale sightings, stunning nature and rich colonial culture, Sri Lanka is a fantastic island for small ship cruises. The southern coast of this tropical island harbours a great variety of activities, both in the water and on land, which makes for perfect adventure cruises for all ages around Sri Lanka. With an average temperature of 28C all year round, Sri Lanka offers beautiful sailing and exploring opportunities. Cruising along Sri Lanka’s scenic southern coast gives you front-row seats to spot, depending on the season, playful dolphins, humpback whales, and blue whales, the largest mammals on earth, in their natural habitat. You can also explore the island's lush jungles and wildlife reserves, where it is possible to spot elephants, jaguars, birds, and other exotic animals. Visit the fishermen’s villages and get to know the locals. Culture fans can also get their fill with ornately decorated temples and the Dutch colonial fort of Galle. Sri Lanka offers it all.

Best Sri Lanka cruises and areas to visit

While on your adventure cruising Sri Lanka’s southern coast, you will visit the areas of Galle, Kalametiya, Talalla, and Weligama Bay. Galle is home to a stunning Dutch colonial fort, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit. Breathtaking beaches can be explored at Kudawella, along with traditional fishing villages and local temples. Kalametiya’s lagoon is the ideal setting for great bird watching, whereas Talalla offers amazing beaches, the perfect location to have a BBQ with your fellow travelers. During times of sailing, always be on the lookout for whales and dolphins. Disembark again at Rumassala for a bit of relaxation time on Jungle Beach or hike up to the Japanese Peace Pagoda with sweeping views over Galle Bay. With cruises departing from Mirissa, Sri Lanka offers a diversified mix of activities.

Best time to cruise in Sri Lanka

Whereas the average temperature does not vary much during the year, the rainy season can very well have an impact. The best time to visit Sri Lanka is between October and May when it normally rains less and temperatures are comfortable. December through April is the traditionally best time to spot the whales and dolphins, although it is possible to spot them at other times of the year as well.

How to get to Sri Lanka

Colombo is Sri Lanka’s capital and the location of the international airport. Direct flights land here from all over the world but mainly from Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. There are multiple options when you fly into Sri Lanka from India; there are direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. The transfer by taxi to Mirissa takes nearly 3 hours, where the embarkation point of the boat is located. The cruise will end in Mirissa as well.

Sri Lanka Cruise Tips

Ensure to plan your cruise in Sri Lanka well ahead of time, including your flights and transfers. This is the best way to avoid any disappointment if flights or transfers happen to be fully booked. It is highly recommended to leave a day or two between your arrival in Colombo and your embarkation day in case of any delays: flights or luggage. Adjusting to a new time zone takes time, and you will then be well rested and ready to go on your adventure cruise. Essentials to pack for your cruise include sunglasses, sun cream, bathing suits, insect repellent, hats, and clothing for both warm and cool weather, as up in the hills, it may be chilly in the evening. When you have your own snorkeling gear, please bring it for your cruise. Most boats will provide snorkeling gear for the guests who do not have their own, but your own gear fits best. In Sri Lanka they use the Sri Lankan rupee as the currency. ATMs in the country generally do not work very well, so it is recommended to bring cash in USD and change it in a bank branch on the island or at the airport. It is a little tricky to change rupees back to USD, so it better to change only the amount you need to spend.

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