Mirissa Water Sports (Pvt) Ltd - Whale Watching
Mirissa water sports ( Pvt) Ltd is the first successful commercial Whale and Dolphin watching trip organizer. MWS provide the best exciting and unforgettable whale watching tours to all visitors to Sri Lanka.
Based at Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa Water Sports provides exciting whale watching, sports fishing, sailing, coastal cruises, snorkelling and boating activities for visitors to Southern Sri Lanka. there focus is to provide employment opportunities for young people were work opportunities extremely limited.
Whale Watching Mirissa
Mirissa sri lanka is famous for blue whales and sperm whales watching and the season begins in october to april in every year.during the season the sea is calm and makes comfort travel.
whale watching tour operates by private boat tour companies and you will need to contact them early for make reservation and also you will have to be in mirissa harbour in the morning.almost all boats for whale watching departs the harbor by 7am.
that day i went,the sea was bit rough and you'd better take sea sickness tablet if you not familiar with sea trips.we were served small breakfast which includes coffee,cheese sandwiches,fruits and water bottles, the boat took one hour for first sighting and we could see 6 more blue whale and hundreds of dolphins..it's unique chance to see rare blue whale the giant of the sea.
i recommend you have this rare opportunity if you visit sri lanka..
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Sailing and Boating
- Whale Watching
Madu's cookery class
Madu from Amarasinghe's guesthouse offers Sri Lankan cookery courses twice daily. They last for about 2 hours and you can eat the food afterwards.
When we were there, we were 7 people in one class; the sheltered outdoor kitchen offers enough space. The day before when we were there to register for the class, the ongoing class had only 4 students, so it depends.
We cooked 4 vegetarian curries, 1 daal, and 1 pineapple chutney and coconut sambol, so a total of 7 dishes plus rice. The cooking was easy to do, and Madu gave good instructions, though I would have appreciated if she would have given us the recipes printed, so we could have taken notes.
You can take a soft copy of the recipes with you later from the computer or mail it to yourself.
I am not 100% sure how much it was, I believe it was 2000 LKR per person.
- Food and Dining
All along the southern coast of Sri Lanka you can spot wooden 'stilts' sticking up from the water. These wooden stilts are what local fishermen have traditionally used as fishing posts from which they catch their daily quota of fish. While the tradition is slowly dying out it is still posiible to see men fishing in this way particularly around Weligama and Ahangama but there are a few places along the Mirissa shoreline which have these fishing stilts sticking out of the water close to shore. I suspect this is more for the tourist dollar than genuine fishing but nonetheless if you are up early and willing to part with a few rupees you may be able to snap a few interesting pics. We didn't see anybody fishing in this way at Mirissa but did see a more genuine form near Ahangama. As I said there are fishing posts at Mirissa so they must be used at some time. I would advise getting up early as this is the best time to see the stilt fishermen.
The sunsets at Mirissa are special and there are many places to enjoy the sunset while sipping a beer or cocktail. The bar shacks at the eastern end are the best places to enjoy the view or better yet make the short walk/paddle out to the offshore island for spectacular views of the sun slipping away behind the peninsula to the west.
While locations further west along the southern coast have gained more of a following among the surfing fraternity, Mirissa has recently started attracting a fair number of surfers thanks to its right break at the western end of the beach. Some bars and guesthouses rent boards and snorkelling equipment especially the ones located at the western end of the beach. The best time for surfing at Mirissa is between November and March when the breaks are at the biggest and most consistent.
At the eastern end of Mirissa Beach is a small island which has just about been cut off from the mainland. You can easily wade out to the island from the beach, athough people with young children should take care as currents do swell up through the narrow channel between the island and the beach. The island itself is a prime position for a picninc or short walk at any time of the day b ut the best time to cross to the island is just before sunset to watch the sun slowing sink behind the palm trees and hill at the western end of the beach
This is what people come to Mirissa for. Nobody will blame you for being lazy at Mirissa, you will be immediately forgiven for throwing down a towel and spending the entire day in an immovable prone position only stirring to cool down in the clear turquoise water, grab a beer from the wooden shack that serves as a bar or at a push catch a few breaks on a surf or body board. To come to Mirissa is to do nothing and we loved it. We’re not usually ones for sitting on a beach all day long but this is exactly what we did during our stay at Mirissa and exactly what should be done at Mirissa. Don’t come here expecting thumping nightlife, glass bottom boat rides, banana boat rides and other agency driven activities...thankfully they don’t exist...yet!!!
Beach, beach, beach...
The reason finding yoursef in Mirissa is just one: Beach holidays!
Given its fine sand beach lined with palm trees, the plentiful and cheap accommodation it's a much wiser option to enjoy swimming than any other place on the south shore of Sri Lanka.
Luckily most of accommodations are located behind the palm trees so while on the beach you don't see concrete buildings around.
Thanks to the palm trees you find a quiet spot under the shadow of one of them and enjoy your swim.
Enjoy also a night swim as I did away from the crowds as the beach is deserted at night.