You now can have the chance to see and snorkel with Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and many other cetaceans in Sri Lanka. The announcement of these new safe and responsible encounters follows shortly after Sir David Attenborough mentioned in a recent interview that one of his regrets was that he had never swum with a blue whale.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to date, the only way of seeing these magnificent animals has been by tourist day boat with a limited range.

This October, Aqua-Firma Marine Scientist, Charlotte Caffrey, will be joined by Sri Lanka's leading cetacean researcher, Howard Martenstyn, on a dedicated live-aboard motor yacht in search of close encounters above and below the water.

Aqua-Firma's chartered motor yacht is able to travel far offshore to where pods are most likely to be located. The teams are equipped with smaller search boats, hydrophones and regional experts, giving a much higher chance of quality sightings. What's more, the trips offer guests opportunity to snorkel with these beautiful creatures as well as spotting them from the boat.

In addition to interactions with Blue Whales, the largest and heaviest animal on the planet which can grow up to 30 metres in length, the team will also be seeking opportunities to spot Sperm Wales, super pods of Spinner Dolphins and Bryde's Whales. The scientific leadership team will share fascinating insights into the life of these beautiful creatures, whilst those keen will be able to gather opportunistic research data.