Location: Weligama

Just off the coast of Sri Lanka, the jewel in the Indian Ocean, swims the majestic blue whale, the largest creature on earth. Nowhere in the wold is it possible to see these ocean giants so close to shore. Borderlands Ocean Safaris give you the opportunity to see blue whales along with sperm whales, orcas, playful spinner and bottlenose dolphins, turtles and whale sharks in their natural environment. It is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.

Borderlands Ocean Safaris are exclusively available on our high specification private boats, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your trip in comfort and away from the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded public boats.



Borderlands has been supporting international film crews for 3 years. Teams come with special permits to film the whales and dolphins in their natural environment which we help facilitate. Observing and documenting whale behaviour in their underwater natural habitat is critical in our understanding and conservation of the species. “The Mandala” and “The Rib” are the preferred boats used by wildlife documentary makers and underwater wildlife photographers. Borderlands strictly adhereS to international codes of conduct when interacting with whales to minimise any negative impact on these magnificent giants.




    Mandala is an 8.5 metre boat with a 300 horsepower 4 stroke Mercury Verado engine. Mandala can carry up to 10 passengers.


    Lain is an 8.5 metre boat with a 150 horsepower Yamaha engine. Lain can carry up to 10 passengers.


    Araylia is a 7 metre speed boat powered by a 90 horsepower 4 Stroke Mercury engine. Araylia can carry up to 6 passengers.


    The Rib is a 6 metre Rigid Inflatable Hypalon Tube powered by a 90 horsepower Mercury engine. The Rib can carry up to 7 passengers.


    Borderlands has partnered with Simplifly to offer whale watching tours by air, the first company offering this exciting adventure in Sri Lanka. These unique flights depart from Koggala 4 times a day between November and March. Our plane is a GA8 that can seat six passengers comfortably. Each passenger will have a large window offering unrestricted viewing points for seeing large pods of dolphins as well as the magnificent Blue Whale. Included in the flight is an aerial tour of Sri Lanka’s beautiful, palm-fringed coastline before landing back in Koggala.



    • Location: Weligama
    • Suitable for: All Ages
    • Duration: Half to Full Day Excursions
    • MANDALA – US$ 750.00+tax for a half-day
    • THE LAIN – US$ 650.00+tax for a half day
    • ARALIYA – US$ 500.00+tax for a half day
    • THE RIB – US$ 300.00+tax for a half day
    • BY AIR – US$ 175.00 per person for one-hour
    • International Standard Life Jackets
    • GPS
    • Waterproof Phone
    • Comprehensive first aid kit
    • Flares
    • Certified Skipper
    • Full insurance
    • Drinking water and picnic breakfast
    • Snorkeling gear

*All our whale safaris are weather dependent.