Blue Whales in Sri Lanka
Blue Whales Sri Lanka

Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

Peak Season:
Spring – Fall

Sri Lanka

Charter Length:
9 Days

2 – 4 Explorers

Expedition Overview

In the warm blue waters off the southern tip of Sri Lanka where the visibility is an astonishing 100 feet of marine paradise with ocean temps well into the 80s, we will have the privilege of interacting with these magnificent whales in a way few humans will ever truly understand.

The pygmy blue whale, a subspecies of the blue whale, inhabits Sri Lanka’s Indian Ocean and the southern Pacific Ocean west of Chile. At 60 -75 feet long it can hardly be called a pygmy, but this particular variety of blue whale differs from the “true” blue whale in a few physical characteristics. They have broader and shorter baleen plates, a proportionately longer body in front of their dorsal fin, and a large head relative to its body size; the tail is also a bit shorter.

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Expedition Leader

Amos Nachoum is a distinguished figure in wildlife and underwater photography, with a remarkable career spanning over four decades. His unique ability to blend exploration and artistry has captured the attention of audiences worldwide, with his work being prominently featured in esteemed publications such as National Geographic and The New York Times.

His talents have earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, received twice in recognition of his unparalleled skill and commitment. Amos is the founder of Big Animals xpeditions, inviting adventurers to join him on extraordinary journeys to witness the majesty of wildlife in both marine and terrestrial environments.

His 2019 documentary, “Picture of His Life,” highlights his relentless pursuit of excellence and undying passion for wildlife photography. It chronicles his quest to photograph a swimming polar bear in the Canadian Arctic, showcasing his ability to connect with nature’s most magnificent creatures.

Joining Amos on an expedition transcends the ordinary adventure; it is a profound learning experience, an opportunity to immerse oneself in the beauty of the natural world, under the guidance of a master photographer. His work serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of preserving the planet’s incredible biodiversity. Amos Nachoum’s expeditions are a celebration of wildlife, a journey of discovery and appreciation, from the depths of the oceans to the far reaches of the mountains.


Sri Lanka

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Colombo: Most flights arrive late at night so we provide a meet service and transfer for overnight stay at a nearby 4-Star Hotel

Day 2Depart the following morning by private air conditioned coach to Chaaya Blue hotel, in Trinco (6 hour drive)

Days 3–8
Snorkel with whales

Day 9
Return to Colombo and stay in historic Galle Face Hotel. Airport transfer included from the hotel.


Water 82 – 86°F (27 – 29°C)
Land 60 – 80°F (16 – 27°C)

80 – 100 feet (25 – 30 meters)