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“It is an Amazing Experience”
Review of Raja & the Whales

Raja & the Whales
Ranked #3 of 67 Tours in Mirissa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are a local family, providing environmental and sustainable whale watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka since 2008. We are very keen on protecting the whales and also have been doing research about them for many years now. We are very proud that we are recommended in the new Sri Lankan lonely planet and by so many users of tripadvisor. For bookings please visit our website. The price for a whale watching trip is 6500 LKR for adults and 4000 LKR for kids. Small kids (<6 years) are free of charge. A refund of 50% is given if we do not see any whales on the day of your trip. Please help to protect the whales!
Reviewed 4 April 2018

The Staff were helpful & very friendly.Staff are passionate about their job and are environmentally Friendly. Security is in good standard.They insured all Foreigners in the boat.We saw 3 blue whales & many dolphins. They give omelet it is delicious. Thank You Raja and the whales. We get great Experice

Thank Mia_Napuhuro
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

I was a bit sceptical going whale watching as i had heard a few stories about the boats jsut chasing madly after any whale they could see, but this company felt much more involved in the well being of the animals.
They where really well informed and gave us a lot of information about the animals we saw.
Good breakfast as well, with a plate of fruit and later an omelette and bread.

Thank Sindre B
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We had 2 whale watching trips here in mirissa. The first with another operator then we went out with Raja. Raja's trip was far superior, they start early to try and get out without being followed. Their behavior around the whales was much better than the rather unedifying scrum we had been involved in the day before. The hospitality on board was impeccable with regular food served up throughout the day. The guides on the boat seemed knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You need to know before you go that it is a long trip, we were out for 8hrs today and the journey to the deep water where the whales are found, takes the best part of 2hrs. If you are prone to sea sickness I would probably give it a miss.

1  Thank Jeremy M
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I’ve been waiting to write this review. Honestly I’ve never encountered such ridiculous behaviour in my life. We were stupidly pulled into this “whale” watching trip, but did I watch any whales? HARDLY. Raja’s apparent brother told us he takes us to locations that no other companies go to; there’s a reason for these boats all going to the same area - THERES WHALES THERE. The first thing we saw were a few dolphins a few hours into the trip, bearing in mind these trips are meant to last around 3-4 hours. Everyone had been asleep up until the dolphins. By the time we saw some pilot whales, 6 hours in, everyone was feeling a bit fed up. We carried on this “wild goose chase” to hunt down a blue whale in the huge Indian Ocean. Realistically they had no idea what they were doing. 8 hours into the trip, raja’s brother started doing a speech about how he’s such a nice man and doesn’t want to end the trip until we see a blue whale. He kept insisting it wasn’t for the money, but we weren’t fooled, as we knew about the policy they had to give us half our money back if we don’t see one. He started arguing with this French girl, who, understandably, needed to get back to look after her sick friend. Listening to him go on about how he was keeping us on the boat for US and not for HIM was draining, as she’d blantantly stated that most people were ready to head back, as we still had a 2 hour journey back. She was told in an email that the trip would only last 4 hours, and she had to check out, so I can understand why she wasn’t very pleased; she was misled. When we saw the tip of a blue whale, 9 hours since boarding the boat, the staff were acting like they’d never seen a whale in their life the way they were running round and pulling you to look over at “3o’ clock” or “12o’ clock” etc. I’ll be totally honest, the hospitality was phenomenal when it came to our bellies: a wide spread of fruits as soon as you board the boat, freshly cut and prepared; such an exotic selection, and a constant supply of crackers, as well as tea and coffee, Sri Lankan omelette and bread, and a fruit juice that my boyfriends even kept in his bag since the trip because he wanted to save it for later as it was so good. They also promised to send us pictures that “the other boat got of the whale”; realistically these were probably photos from a backlog they have saved on their computers from a trip months ago, or pictures taken from Google images. All I say is don’t believe everything you’re promised about this trip, as if I knew what I knew now, I wouldn’t have wasted my finances on it.

5  Thank b14nks_2
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

They always try to find their own blue whale first, instead of crowding around the rest of many many boats when a whale is spotted. Free pickup from the hotel is provided, after payment they bring you to the boat (luckily they take care not to have too many people on the boat so it do not feel crowded and even though i see many many people at their shop queuing to join the tour), serves you coffee/biscuit followed by fruits and bottle water is also available (and they take care to remind you not to throw the small plastic wrapping of the water bottle cap into the sea) Then they give a detail briefing of the day's plan and what are the different kind of whales. breakfast is then served and after whale watching, they serves more food like cakes and bottle juices and cold towel and on leaving the boat, they even provides you fresh coconut . All in all very good service

1  Thank ThomasYe
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