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This Is the Best Safari Destination Outside of Africa - Forbes (2019)

Dolphin Watching in Kalpitiya

AVAILABILITY: December to March

Best Safari Duration : Between 06:30 am and 11:00 pm

The waters off the north-west coast of Sri Lanka are famous for dolphin spotting. Large groups of Spinner Dolphins can be found just off Kalpitiya, gliding in magnificent blue waters. Dolphins are extremely social animals and will come very close to boats, often interacting with on onlookers. This makes for an unforgettable experience.

Kalpitiya is also famous for its Bar Reef, the largest coral reef (307 square km) in Sri Lanka. Bar Reef can be reached by an hour’s boat trip from Kalpitiya and serves as the ideal location for keen scuba divers and snorkelers. The beautiful reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish reef sharks and the occasional sea turtle. If you’re lucky you might even get a glimpse of a group of migrating manta rays.

All excursions will begin just as the sun begins to rise and will usually last about 2-3 hours. You will be led an English-speaking guide, who will brief you on everything you wish to know about the dolphins,whales, turtles and other majestic ocean life that you encounter.


  • Beach wear (water splash is unavoidable)
  • Sunglasses & a hat
  • Sun protection lotions & Lip balm
  • Good camera, spare batteries, extra memory cards, cables and chargers