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Hero Hikkaduwa Bay Fisherman Sri Lanka

Yacht Experiences

Charming Culture and Iconic Wildlife in Sri Lanka

The so-called Teardrop of India is a truly enticing destination—and especially when explored by yacht. With its leopard-stuffed national parks, striking UNESCO sites, and delicious, fiery cuisine, a trip to Sri Lanka is a world-class adventure.

When to go:
December – April

SURF HIKKADUWA & DIVE

Once you’ve arrived in Sri Lanka, your Pelorus guide will introduce you to your crew and your yacht. Afterward, head to Hikkaduwa—famed for its surf and dive sites—for a lesson from a pro-surfer.

Next you’ll dive, in the company of a divemaster, to several historic wrecks including the 19th-century The Earl Shaftsbury and the Conch—a steam-powered oil tanker. With good visibility, you’ll explore the incredible wrecks swirling with groupers, queen angelfish, and napoleons.

BLUE WHALES & UDAWALAWE

In the early morning sail to Mirissa. Whale watch while enjoying a picnic breakfast in your vessel’s tender. In this dolphin and whale-rich location, you may see minke, sperm, or even huge blue whales.

Back on board your yacht and enjoy some stunning Sri Lankan cuisine freshly procured from the shore. An expert local guide will then accompany you to some of the Indian Ocean’s best surf. Following an afternoon in the swell, have a restorative beach barbecue and sundowners on a secluded strip of sand.

The next morning, you’ll rise early to transfer to a waiting helicopter on shore. You’ll be taken to Udawalawe National Park for a safari to see Sri Lanka’s incredible species including leopards, sloth bears, elephants, and much more.

Have a bush lunch in the midst of the national park’s abundant flora and fauna before an afternoon discovering more of Udawalawe by jeep, horseback, or on foot. The helicopter will then return you to your yacht in Arugam Bay.

UNESCO SIGIRIYA & YALA

You’ll enjoy breakfast on deck in Vakarai before a helicopter transfer to the UNESCO-protected Sigiriya or ‘Lion Rock’. You’ll see this spectacular royal palace and dramatic outcrop from above in a hot air balloon, drifting above the jungle. Enjoy a luxury picnic among the clouds as you float over the emerald-green interior of Sri Lanka.

After lunch, you’ll have a guided tour of a local tea plantation followed by a tea tasting amid the estate’s lush grounds. You’ll return to your yacht, which will begin an overnight passage that will see you wake up off the coast of Kalmunai.

The helicopter will transfer you to Yala National Park—a major center for Sri Lanka’s elephants as well as its leopards. An expert guide will accompany you through the park, imparting his tracking skills to you and pointing out how to recognize the prints of the over 44 different mammal species found in Yala. You’ll be flown back afterward to your yacht, anchored near Okanda.

TANGALLE LAGOON & GALLE

After breakfast on deck, you’ll climb into a kayak to explore off-the-beaten-track Tangalle Lagoon. Home to a wealth of marine life, you’ll glide along its mangrove-lined waterways taking in this beautiful untouched wilderness.

In the afternoon, dive beneath the surface to see lionfish, puffers, the octopus’ barracuda, and more among the island’s thriving coral reefs.

The next morning your yacht will set off early toward Galle. You’ll meet your local fishing crew for the day before setting out to catch Spanish Mackerel, Sail Fish, Skipjack Tuna, and more. As soon as you reel it in, it’ll be transformed into the freshest sushi you’ll ever eat.

Reach the shore afterward and explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Galle. Walk its narrow streets, delve into its boutiques, and admire its colonial buildings before having sundowners on the fort as your Sri Lankan journey comes to a close.