Dolphin and whale watching are ideal options as it is one of the best spots to watch large pods known as super pods of dolphins swimming alongside and diving under your boat. The most sought after species of dolphins to watch is the Spinner Dolphin because they constantly breach and love to bow ride. Here in Alankuda you find them not in hundreds but in thousands particularly when the 'super pod' is formed..
You could spend an hour or two as they play with you and show off their aerobatic skills and not feel at all you are intruding on them. They are very sociable mammals. Every once in a while, something happens and maybe even changes your perception of life and the world around you. Watching the playful dolphins could do just that and you will return with a greater understanding of the oceans around us and why we need to do all we can to protect it and these wonderful mammals. Other species of Dolphins seen at times are Bottlenose, Spotted, Striped, Humpback, Risso and Fraser.
The deeper waters about 6kms offshore in Alankuda and Kalpitiya coastlines are the haunt of six types of whales. The biggest of Sri Lanka’s big five the blue whale can be seen surfacing from time to time and the sight of these enigmatic cetaceans is both breathtaking, spellbinding and offers a truly humbling experience.
There are peaks in the movement or possible migration of whales between the months of November and December and again between March and April. Sperm Whales are most common, other Whales you could see include the Blue, Minke, Melon-Headed, Pilot, Brydes and Dwarf Sperm whales. If you are an avid whale watching fan you need to be in Alankuda during the months of April and early may.