Mirissa - Whale Watching

I went to Mirissa as I really wanted to go whale watching. I booked the whale watching online prior to arriving as the trips start really early morning (approx. 5am) and since I wasn’t planning to arrive till the evening before, and didn’t have a spare day to wait if they happened to be fully booked for the next morning, it was important to me I had this booked in advance. As is standard with this activity they picked me up from my hotel at the appointed time and took me to the dock where we then went on the boat to see the whales.

And it was incredible. You just don’t really appreciate how insanely big whales are until you see them in real life - hard to get a good photo though.

I needed to leave early afternoon to move onto my next destination but before doing so went down to the main beach and climbed up a little hill that separates the two beaches and provides a good view.

Where to stay in Mirissa

There weren’t any hostels in Mirissa when I visited therefore I had to stay at a hotel. I stayed at Green Garden Guest Mirissa. The room was basic but the grounds of the hotel were lovely, the staff really friendly and it was much more reasonably priced than a lot of other options. Plus if you’re getting up at 5am to go see the whales anyway who really cares?

How Long to Spend in Mirissa

You only need one night there to go Whale Watching the next morning so it just depends how much beach time you want outside of this.

Moving On: How to get from Mirissa to Tissa (Yala National Park)

I got a bus from Mirissa to Matara and then from Matara to Tissa. There are a lot of rumours online that a straight through bus exists, the number 32, but it didn’t appear in Mirissa and everyone told me to get the bus to Matara and then the 32 from there so I followed their advice.

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