Indian Ocean Organised Trips

Anuradhapura Kingdom Ruins (Car & Driver excursion)

Dating back as far as 377BC, this ancient kingdom is an essential stop on any tour of Sri Lanka. Established as the first capital city of the island by King Pandukabhaya, it survived 119 successive kings for over 1500 years before becoming one of the world’s most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Regarded as the cradle of Buddhism, the sacred site is home to a vast network of temples and monasteries which can be explored at leisure during this four-hour tour. Discover the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree which is said to have grown from a cutting from the tree in India under which Buddha attained enlightenment, marvel at the preservation of the Twin Ponds and soak up the impressive history at the onsite museum housed within one of the ancient monasteries which is filled with ornate trinkets dating back to the pre-Christian era.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Habarana, Kandalama and Sigiriya hotels

Good to know
Legs and shoulders must be covered, and shoes will need to be removed when exploring the temples.

Duration:

Half day

Bundala Bird Watching Safari (Car & Driver excursion and stay-put excursion)

The first wetland to be declared as a RAMSAR site in Sri Lanka, Bundala National Park is a must do for bird enthusiasts. The UNESCO designated biosphere reserve hosts 197 species and is one of the best places to observe both migrant and resident birds which use the parks five shallow lagoons as feeding sites. Delight in the impressive bird song as your personal tracker guides you through the six different types of wetland where you’ll spot the likes of Black Headed Ibis, Painted Storks and Terns along with other small mammals, reptiles and butterflies from the comfort of your own private jeep.

• Daily departures
• Operates between October and March
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Hambantota, Tangalle, Udawalawe and Yala
• Available for guests staying at hotels in Tangalle and Hambantota

Good to know
Due to the early start time of the morning excursion, we’d recommend an afternoon visit for those staying further afield.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 5.30am or 2.30pm
End time: 9am or 6pm

Ceylon Tea Picking Experience (Car & Driver excursion)

The story of Ceylon tea begins over 200 years ago when Sri Lanka was still a British colony. With its alchemy of land, sun and rain the island provides the ideal climate for its cultivation. For those looking to delve deeper into the cultivation process and history of Sri Lanka’s greatest export, this immersive tea picking experience is not to be missed. A good cup of tea starts in the field and you’ll begin by observing the fine art of tea plucking before heading back inside and learning all about tea processing with a thorough factory visit. Much like wine, each batch of tea must be taste-tested, and you’ll get a quick masterclass on what to look for from your knowledgeable guide. After all that learning, end the day with a refreshing cup of Ceylon Tea straight from the plantation and a newfound appreciation for the hard work that goes into every cup.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Nuwara Eliya and Kandy

Good to know
This is a great half day trip for those travelling between Nuwara Eliya and Kandy or vice versa, due to its location between the two.

Duration:

Half day

Creole Cooking Class

Cooking classes are a fantastic way to delve deeper into the local culture and are a unique souvenir, providing you with authentic recipes that can be shared for years to come. Dedicated to teaching the art of traditional Creole cuisine, Jacky from Far Far Kreol begins his class with a stroll through the local market. Unearthing the best local ingredients and chatting with the stallholders, you’ll learn all about their daily lives and the importance of using fresh produce in Creole cooking. Back at the kitchen in Saint Suzanne, learn everything from folding samosas to making a traditional gateau ti-son – a cake made with maize flour – as well as delicious tomato chutney and curry cooked on an open fire. After an action-packed morning, tuck into your authentic creations with the rest of your group while soaking up Jacky’s final cooking tips!

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll enjoy your own private vehicle and driver for the duration of this experience.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Morning departure

Dambulla Cave Temple (car & driver and stay-put excursion)

A fantastic stopping off point when travelling between Habarana or Kandalama and Kandy, the famous cave complexes of Dambulla are a haven for those interested in Sri Lanka’s rich history. Dating back to the first Century BC, this ancient cave temple has been a pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus for 22 centuries and is still a place of holy importance to this day. There are over 80 documented caves at the site, but with around an hour to explore, this excursion will guide you through the major highlights which are spread over just five of them. Adorned with statues of Gautama Buddha and ornate ceiling paintings, the iconic temple is brimming with artefacts depicting the island’s glorious past and is not to be missed.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Habarana, Kandalama, Kandy and Passikudah hotels • Available as a day trip for guests staying at hotels in Negombo

Good to know
Legs and shoulders must be covered, and shoes will need to be removed when exploring the temples.

Duration:

Half day

Diving in the Maldives

These idyllic coral islands rank amongst the best dive destinations in the world. When conditions are good, the underwater visibility is at the highest level – sometimes exceeding 50 metres – and the warm water temperatures year-round make diving in the Maldives a pleasure. The North Malé Atoll is home to the Lion’s Head and Wattaru Kandu dive sites, both of which are frequented by reef sharks. Wattaru Kandu is also home to stingrays and garden eels whilst Lankanfinokhu, or Manta Point as it’s known locally, is a great place to see manta rays being cleaned by local colonies of cleaner fish.

In the South Malé Atoll, Hukrueli is another place to see rays and cleaner fish, and Maaya Thila, a protected marine area, is home to white-tip sharks, turtles, zebra morays and the elusive guitar shark. Hanifaru lagoon in the Baa Atoll is one of the best places to see whale sharks and manta rays – June to September being the best time as this is during the monsoon season and equinox when the lagoon is filled with plankton.

The Scuba Diver course provides pre-entry level certification in three days and on completion you can then upgrade to an Open Water Diver qualification by taking the additional five day course. Our Ten Dives and Six Consecutive Days diving allow qualified divers to make the most of their time in these beautiful islands. Courses are available at Kurumba Maldives, Dhigali Maldives, Velidhu and Meeru.

Dolphin And Whales Encounter

Catching your first glimpse of a dolphin racing beside your boat or spotting a giant humpback whale breaching on the ocean’s surface are moments that will stay with you forever. As you head out along the west coast, your experienced crew will begin briefing you on the types of dolphins and whales you can hope to spot and most importantly how to view these magnificent mammals in a sustainable and responsible manner. It won’t be long before you’re an expert at identifying the two types of dolphins found here – Bottlenose and Spinners – as you watch them play in their natural habitat. Sperm Whales call these waters home all year-round while between July and November giant Humpback Whales travel up from the arctic to breed and give birth. As you continue into deeper waters in search of these graceful creatures, the skippers will be on hand to answer all your questions and ensure you’re prepared for your first encounter.

• Daily departures
• Operates year Round
• Private experience

Good to know
As this experience involves wild animals, there’s no guarantee you’ll encounter the dolphins or whales in their natural habitat but the crew at Dolswim have a 90% success rate. Due to the nature of the activity this experience is not recommended for pregnant women, those who are physically challenged or children under five years old.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 7.30am
End time: 12.30pm

Floating Massage on the Lagoon

While not your average spa day, this unique massage experience overlooking the serene lagoon is sure to leave you and your partner feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. As the day begins to cool, your personal masseuse will guide you in turn to his floating massage table – a paddle board transformed with ergonomic cushions and sheer curtains to protect you from the sun’s rays. Using sea water to moisten the skin, this all natural, full body massage is the epitome of relaxation as the cool sea breeze circles the board and your mind is lulled by the gentle sound of waves. While your partner enjoys their moment of bliss, sip on a detox cocktail from under a parasol along the pristine stretch of sand soaking up the spectacular vistas across the lagoon. Having both experienced this exclusive treatment, your paddle board is transformed into a romantic vessel where you can indulge in a cocktail of your choice and watch the sun set over the lagoon.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Perfect for couples and honeymooners, you’ll each enjoy 50 minutes of uninterrupted massage and two alcohol-free cocktails during this luxurious experience.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Afternoon departure

Gourmet Celebration Dinner

Whether you’re celebrating something special or simply looking for an exclusive dining experience, L’eveil des Sens Restaurant promises a sophisticated evening of romance. Located within the gorgeous boutique hotel Blue Margouillat, which successfully combines stylish Creole architecture with bespoke art, soak up the chic tropical setting on the terrace overlooking the serene bay of Saint Leu. Discover an original gourmet tasting menu from the award-winning chef Marc Chappot where fresh local flavours meet traditional French cuisine and revel in the extensive wine list which has been carefully designed to enhance your dining experience.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Afternoon departure

Highlights of Colombo In A Day

Bustling Colombo is packed with unmissable sights and you’ll discover the most compelling of them on this private full-day visit. The well-thought-out itinerary includes a blend of historic sites and contemporary attractions, along with some that are both, such as the Dutch Hospital, the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area, which has been repurposed as a stylish shopping and dining destination. Other highlights include the Galle Face Promenade, which runs the length of the city’s celebrated seaside park; Sambodhi Chaithya, a Buddhist shrine that’s a fascinating example of 1950s architecture; and Nelum Pokuna Art Street, a colourful open-air market where local artists showcase and sell their work. Just behind Art Street is the National Museum, where you can feast your eyes on everything from the crown jewels of the last King of Kandy to vividly painted demon masks.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Duration:

Full day

Historic Galle & Turtle Conservation (Car & Driver excursion and stay-put excursion)

The southern shores of Sri Lanka provide a soft nesting ground for five different species of endangered Sea Turtle and are dotted with conservation projects doing vital work. Run by local people with the help of international volunteers, you’ll start with a visit to the pioneering Kosgoda project which has been on a mission to raise awareness and protect the turtles fragile nesting sites since 1988. During this hands on guided tour you’ll discover why turtle conservation is so important, the devastating effects of plastic in our oceans and how the project are increasing the survival rate of each species. A short drive further south, the afternoon will be spent exploring the historic city of Galle, a delightful UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll find a rich fusion of European and Asiatic cultural heritage. Brimming with Dutch-colonial architecture and ancient mosques and churches the Galle Fort and National Museum are not to be missed.

• Tuesday to Saturday departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Galle
• Available as a day trip for guests staying at hotels in Colombo, Bentota, Galle/Koggala, Negombo, Udawalawe, Weligama and Tangalle

Good to know
Fantastic day trip for all and ideal if staying along the southern coast.

Duration:

Full day

Hot Air Balloon Flight (Car & Driver excursion)

Embark on this unforgettable adventure activity and experience the serenity of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle from the sky. Revel at the views as the sun rises and you gently glide across dense forests, ancient ruins and grassy plains, witnessing the stunning landscapes from a whole new perspective. The perfect addition to any honeymoon or those celebrating a special occasion, after landing your flight will be toasted with a glass of champagne or juice.

• Daily departures
• Operates between November and April
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Kandalama, Dambulla, Habarana and Sigiriya

Good to know
Not suitable for those under 16 years of age, pregnant passengers or those with heart conditions.

Duration:

1.5 hours

Start time: 5.30am
End time: 7am

Kandy’s Highlights (car & driver and stay-put excursion)

Whether time is of the essence or you’re after an introduction to this vibrant city that’s brimming with history and culture, this half day excursion will ensure you don’t miss any of Kandy’s major attractions. Discover one of Buddhism’s most sacred shrines at the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth, where the relic tooth of Buddha is housed and explore the spectacular Royal Palace complex – the perfect backdrop for some holiday snaps. Dating back to 1821, finish your trip with a meander through the delightful Royal Botanical Garden where you’ll find over 100 endemic plants before exploring the rest of the city at leisure or returning to your hotel to unwind.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Dambulla, Habarana, Kandalama, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya and Kandy hotels • Available as a day trip for guests staying at hotels in Beruwela, Kalutara, Bentota & Negombo

Good to know
This trip is suitable for all, but legs and shoulders must be covered, and shoes will need to be removed when entering the temple.

Duration:

Half day

Lava Tunnels Experience

The Piton de la Fournaise is one of Earth's most active volcanoes, rising more than 2,362 metres above sea level and is one of the only places in the world where you can explore the vast secret world of volcanic tunnels. Equipped with a helmet, kneepads, gloves and a headlamp, you’ll make your way across the lava fields towards the unassuming entrance where your qualified instructor will run through all the safety checks. As you drop down into the underground chambers, you’re instantly be transported to another world that will capture all your senses.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
While most of the expedition will be spent standing, be prepared to bend or crouch in temperatures of around 23°C with a humidity rate of around 80%. Not recommended for those who suffer with claustrophobia.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Morning departure

Mauritian Street Food

Put on your walking shoes as you leisurely taste your way through more than two and a half centuries of history in the island’s capital, Port Louis, on this enlightening walking tour. Immigration has shaped much of Mauritius, so the UNESCO listed Aapravasi Ghat, where almost half a million Indian immigrants arrived to work in the sugar plantations, is a fitting place to begin. As you gently stroll along the waterfront and into the historical centre your experienced guide will help you discover some of the oldest buildings, from the Postal Museum to the Port Louis Theatre all the while filling your imagination with stories of this colourful capital’s past. As you reach the Central Market with a deeper understanding of the rich diversity of Mauritius, tuck into local delicacies from fritters and roti to dumplings, curries and noodles and wash them down with the local speciality Alouda – an ice-cold milk drink served with agar-agar and psyllium grains. Discover even more culinary treasures as you make your way to Chinatown where generations of Chinese immigrants have traded before exploring the boutique shops and craft markets at the Cauden Waterfront.

• Monday to Saturday departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
While every effort is made to accommodate any dietary requirements, please discuss with your guide before booking.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Morning departure

Mauritian Wildlife Experience

Experience conservation in action as you explore the Ile Aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve run by the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation on this insightful guided eco tour. Having previously been devastated by tree logging and the introduction of non-native animal and plant species, the foundation’s intense conservation efforts have resulted in the restoration of the forest and species that had long since disappeared from the island. After a short boat trip from the mainland across Mahebourg Bay, your private ranger will guide you along the reserve’s trails introducing you to the distinctive flora and fauna, pointing out rare species such as the Pink Pigeon and Giant Aldabra Tortoise as you go. Before leaving, head to the islands famed Rault Biscuit Factory where cassava biscuits have been produced for over a century and tuck into an authentic Mauritian lunch at a local restaurant.

• Wednesday to Friday departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Although a gentle route suitable for children, we recommend packing a good pair of walking shoes and some bug repellent for the trail.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Morning departure

Mauritius Your Way (Private Driver/ Guide)

Whether you know exactly where you want to go or you’re looking for some direction, there’s no better way to explore the island than with a personal guide and chauffeur who can share their expansive knowledge and experience with you. From hidden dining spots you’d otherwise miss to insights about the local culture, spend the day discovering the sights at your own pace and relish in the freedom to change course at a whim. A fantastic option for those travelling with children or those looking to delve deeper into the Mauritian spirit.

• Monday to Saturday departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll benefit from a personal car with driver and local guide for the entire day but please be aware fees to any attractions you decide to visit will be payable locally.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: Morning departure

Minneriya Jeep Safari (Car & Driver excursion)

If observing elephants in their natural habitat is on your to do list while in Sri Lanka, Minneriya National Park should be top of your list. While elephants can be spotted all year round in huge numbers, during the dry season, between April and October, the park plays host to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world: The Great Elephant Gathering. As the Minneriya Tank dries up and gives way to a lush grass plain, 300 or more elephants gather in the late afternoon to feed offering visitors an unforgettable spectacle. Home to a host of other wildlife from two endemic monkey species to the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, the endangered Grey Slender Loris and elusive Sri Lankan Leopard can also occasionally be spotted.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Habarana, Kandalama and Kandy

Good to know
Depending on the time of year, guests may be taken to the Hurulu Eco-park (Jan to May) or Kandulla National Park (Nov to Dec) as elephant migrations interchange between all three parks.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 3pm
End time: 6pm

Pamplemousses Gardens & Mauritian Cooking Class

Created by French botanist Pierre Poivre back in 1767 and dotted with trees planted by the likes of Indira Gandhi, Princess Margaret and Robert Mugabe, the history of these world-famous gardens is as impressive as the 500 different species of plants. Officially the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, weave your way through the diverse flora and fauna with your knowledgeable guide and discover how nutmeg and cloves made their way into Mauritian cuisine, marvelling at the giant Victoria Regina waterlilies as you go. Another ingredient that’s had a profound impression on the history and identity of Mauritius, you’ll make a quick stop at nearby L’Aventure du Sucre, a former sugar mill turned museum, before meeting with a local family to sample some Creole-style home cooking. Preparing lunch together, you’ll learn some of the chefs best kept culinary secrets before sharing the feast with the family and exchanging tales.

• Monday to Saturday departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
An intimate and fascinating trip for both couples and families - the deer and tortoises in the botanical gardens are sure to delight the little ones.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Morning departure

Plant a Love Tree & Leave a Legacy

Explore the natural beauty of inland Mauritius, which combines the wonders of the Chamarel Coloured Earths and the majestic Ebony Forest, while contributing to the conservation of this delicate habitat. A fascinating natural phenomenon, the seven distinct colours of sand at Chamarel are a sight to behold as is the nearby waterfall plunging 100 metres down into the Black River Gorge – both perfect spots for some holiday snaps before heading into the reserve with your conservationist guide. Buckle up as you explore the Ebony Forest together on a jeep safari and discover the work being done to create a sanctuary for the island’s rich biodiversity. Walk along the raised walkways in the forest’s canopy, look out for Fruit Bats hanging in the trees and spot Pic Pic birds gliding above the foliage. At Sublime Point, with breath taking views across Le Morne, put pen to paper and write your own love note to be placed under the native tree you’ll shortly be planting. Not only will you be contributing to the ongoing conservation of the forest, you can return in years to come to see how it’s grown.

• Monday to Saturday departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
This is a beautiful experience for honeymooners, anniversary couples or a special proposal.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Morning departure

Polonnaruwa Kingdom Ruins (Car & Driver excursion)

Brush off your explorer hat as you traverse the ancient second capital of the island and discover the monumental ruins of this glorious garden-city. Dating back to 1070 A.D, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is brimming with history and the on-site museum will soon have you up to speed. The ancient compact city is easy to navigate and filled with impressive architectural structures from the enormous Royal Palace that stands seven stories tall to more personal relics such as the King’s private swimming pool. During this five-hour tour you’ll have the opportunity to explore many of the city’s highlights including the beautiful white Kiri Vihara Dagoba which archaeologists found when clearing the area from jungle in perfect condition after 700 years. From evocative temples and shrines to the serene Sea Of Parakrama, this is one of the best -preserved sites in Sri Lanka and sure to create lasting memories for years to come.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Habarana, Kandalama, Passikudah and Trincomalee hotels

Good to know
Legs and shoulders must be covered, and shoes will need to be removed when exploring the temples.

Duration:

Half day

Scenic Helicopter Flight and Creole Lunch

There’s no better way to appreciate the vast beauty of Reunion Island than from the air. Take off on this stunning scenic flight and enjoy unrestricted views of the spectacular landscapes below before landing at the luxurious Ilet Boulon Lodge. Soak up the brilliant hues of the Indian Ocean, soar over the cane fields of Entre-deux and journey deep into the river gorges of the Bras de la Paine on this unforgettable flight before landing on the lush green runway of the lodge and indulging in an authentic Creole lunch. Experience the incredible panoramic views for a second time as you take flight for your return journey and absorb the diverse scenery below.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
An intimate and exclusive experience, this is a fantastic trip for couples and those celebrating their honeymoon.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Morning departure

Sigiriya Rock Fortress (car & driver and stay-put excursion)

One of Sri Lanka’s most iconic landmarks, Sigiriya Rock is a sight to behold, towering 200 metres above the surrounding jungle. Formed from magma of an extinct volcano, the fortress was created over 1500 years ago by King Kashyapa and is considered one of the best-preserved examples of ancient urban planning. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, discover the vast history of the plateau at the onsite museum before making the climb up the vertiginous staircases to the summit passing impressive frescoes and the famed Mirror Wall and colossal Lions Platform as you go. From the top, explore the ruins of the ancient civilisation through the remnants of the palace and vast gardens and soak up the panoramic vistas of the jungle covered central plains.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Habarana, Sigiriya, Kandalama, Kandy and Trincomalee hotels
• Available as a day trip for guests staying at hotels in Negombo

Good to know
For the most pleasurable experience we recommend organising this excursion first thing in the morning or after 4pm to avoid the heat of the day. While suitable for all, the climb to the summit requires a good degree of physical fitness.

Duration:

Half day

Sri Lankan Cooking Class (Car & Driver excursion)

There’s no better souvenir than mastering the art of Sri Lankan cooking, providing you with instant access to the island’s rich flavours once home. Since the Dutch, Portuguese and British settlers began trading spices they have become an important commodity in Sri Lankan cuisine and are the key to mastering the perfect dish. Your class will begin with a guided spice tour where you’ll discover the country’s rich herbal heritage, from harvesting and processing through to the health benefits of the most popular flavours. Set in a restaurant adjacent to a cinnamon plantation, you’ll get busy preparing a traditional Sri Lankan curry with a recipe that’s been inherited over generations before tucking into your own delicious creations over lunch.

• Daily departures
• year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Kandalama, Dambulla, Habarana and Kandy

Good to know
This class is ideal for those travelling between Habarana or Kandalama and Kandy or vice versa due to its location between the two.

Duration:

Half day

Sunrise at the Volcano

Unleash your inner adventurer as you travel to the most inaccessible corners of the island from the comfort of an all-terrain vehicle with a private guide. Watching the sunrise over Piton de la Fournaise as you tuck into breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day as you continue to explore the fauna & flora of the national park. With a local expert to guide you through the native forests and valleys, you’ll spot endemic birds, rare species and cascading waterfalls as you go. Suitable for adventurers of all ages, this is the perfect experience for those looking to get off the beaten track and discover what the island’s bountiful nature has to offer.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Lunch can be arranged at a local restaurant to experience authentic Reunionese cuisine before heading back to your resort.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: Morning departure

Transparent Kayak on the Lagoon

No visit to Reunion Island would be complete without exploring the immaculate lagoon off the west coast. Surrounded by a coral reef and stretching for a vast 22km, this protected area is brimming with life and home to over 3,500 species. A fantastic alternative to snorkelling or diving, your experienced guide who knows all the best spots will navigate you through the lagoon as you gently glide on the pristine ocean’s surface in your glass-bottomed kayak. Turtles and rays call this area home as well as a huge collection of tropical fish you can spot darting through the coral and flora. Once on dry land, complete your adventure with a refreshing cocktail on the serene Trou D’eau beach before heading back to your resort for lunch.

• Departs daily
• Operates year-round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll be out on the water for around two hours and private transfers to and from your hotel are included. Suitable for both families and couples.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Morning departure

Udawalawe 3-hour Jeep Safari (Car & Driver excursion)

If you’ve already had the pleasure of exploring the Udawalawe National Park and would like some additional time observing the abundant wildlife in their natural habitat, this is the excursion for you. As you head back into the vast park it won’t be long before you stumble across a herd of elephants strolling alongside the track or water buffalo and deer congregating by a watering hole. Your knowledgeable driver will be on hand to point out the local flora and fauna from soaring eagles to prehistoric looking monitor lizards and will ensure you discover the best secluded spots.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Udawalawe, Galle, Hambantota, Tangalle and Yala

Good to know
Suitable for all, if not staying in the vicinity of the national park we’d recommend an afternoon safari due to the early start of the morning excursion.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 6am or 3pm
End time: 9am or 6pm

Udawalawe Jeep Safari & Elephant Transit Home (Car & Driver excursion and stay-put excursion)

Founded in 1995, the Elephant Transit Home is a haven for orphaned or injured elephant calves who are rehabilitated back to full health before being returned to the wild. Great lengths are taken to minimize contact between the baby elephants, their caregivers and visitors but you can enjoy watching them stamp their feet impatiently as they wait for their food and relish in the fact that once old enough to survive alone, they’ll be free to roam the national park once more. After a delicious lunch in a local restaurant, hop into your private jeep and get ready to explore the Udawalawe National Park, a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of nearby Udawalawe Reservoir. Infamous for its large population of elephants, have your camera at the ready as you spot herds of these majestic creatures feeding, playing and bathing in waterholes as well as an abundance of other mammals, reptiles and birds.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Udawalawe, Hambantota, Tangalle and Yala
• Available for guests staying at hotels in Tangalle, Hambantota, Galle, Koggala and Weligama

Good to know
This unforgettable trip is suitable for all ages.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: Midday
End time: 6pm

Whale Watching Cruise (car & driver excursion and stay put excursion)

Embark on this once in a lifetime trip in search of whales on this thrilling cruise across the Indian Ocean and discover the multitude of marine life off the coast of Sri Lanka. As your expert skipper and crew sail through areas frequented by whales, look out for sperm, killer, humpback and pilot whales in the tropical waters as well as acrobatic spinner dolphins racing alongside the boat. Home to the largest Blue Whale colony in the world, there’s a good chance you’ll spot these enormous mammals during your excursion offering some incredible photo opportunities and memories that will last a lifetime.

• Daily departure
• Operates between October and March
• Group experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Habarana, Kandalama and Kandy

Good to know
A great experience for those looking to explore Sri Lanka’s marine life however as these are wild animals, sightings can’t be guaranteed.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 6.30am
End time: 11.30am

Wilpattu 3-hour Jeep Safari (Car & Driver excursion)

Much quieter than Sri Lanka’s other popular national parks, Wilpattu offers a genuine sense of wilderness with scientific research on the bio-diversity of the park still in its infancy. This ‘Land of Lakes’ is dotted with water-basins and hidden in the dense forests you’ll find an array of wildlife from sloth bears and spotted deer to elephants and crocodiles. Little is known of the large population of leopards who reside in the park, but next to Yala in the south. this is the second-best place to spot them in Sri Lanka. With an intimate knowledge of the area, your guide and driver will navigate the day based on their experience giving you the best chance to catch a glimpse of the abundant wildlife in their natural habitat.

• Daily departures
• between February and October
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Habarana, Kandalama and Sigiriya

Good to know
Suitable for all, for those staying further afield and those who can’t commit to a day trip, we’d recommend an afternoon visit.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 6am or 3pm
End time: 9am or 6pm

Wilpattu Jeep Safari full day (Car & Driver excursion)

Much quieter than Sri Lanka’s other popular national parks, Wilpattu offers a genuine sense of wilderness with scientific research on the bio-diversity of the park still in its infancy. This ‘Land of Lakes’ is dotted with water-basins and hidden in the dense forests you’ll find an array of wildlife from sloth bears and spotted deer to elephants and crocodiles. Little is known of the large population of leopards who reside in the park, but next to Yala in the south. this is the second-best place to spot them in Sri Lanka. With an intimate knowledge of the area, your guide and driver will navigate the day based on their experience giving you the best chance to catch a glimpse of the abundant wildlife in their natural habitat.

• Daily departures
• Operates between February and October
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Habarana, Kandalama and Sigiriya

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6am
End time: 6pm

Yala 3-hour Jeep Safari (Car & Driver excursion and stay-put excursion)

If you’re short on time or simply want to add in a safari trip while staying in a resort along the serene southern coast, this three-hour excursion is just the ticket. With your own private guide, it won’t be long before you’re spotting herds of elephants walking across the grassy plains and buffaloes and deer cooling off by a watering hole. Spot monkeys playing in the treetops, crocodiles popping up for air and eagles soaring in the sky above – the park is teeming with life. With one of the highest densities of leopards in the world, Yala is a prime location to encounter these elusive creatures in their natural habitat and bird enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either with a huge collection of migratory and endemic species to spot.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round except September to mid-October
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Hambantota, Tangalle, Udawalawe and Yala
• Available for guests staying at hotels in Tangalle and Hambantota

Good to know
If not staying in close vicinity to the national park, we’d recommend the afternoon excursion due to the early start of the morning option.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 6am or 3pm
End time: 9am or 6pm

Yala Full Day Jeep Safari (Car & Driver excursion)

Explore Sri Lanka’s most famous national park and experience the sanctuary’s rich wildlife from the comfort of your own private jeep on this epic full day excursion. As the sun begins to rise and the parks inhabitants begin to emerge from their slumber, your experienced guide will drive you through the grassy plains and light forest in search of elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes, monkeys and more. With one of the highest densities of leopards in the world and a full day to explore, there’s a good chance you’ll catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures too. A haven for bird watchers, the park is brimming with both migratory and endemic bird species and dotted with important ancient ruins and temples dating back to the 5th century B.C.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round except September – mid-October
• Private experience
• Available for guests on a car and driver itinerary staying in Yala

Good to know
This experience is designed for those staying in close vicinity to the park due to the early start. Please note that during the height of the drought season between September and mid-October, the park will be closed.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6am
End time: 6pm