The adrenaline rush at spotting a blue whale is awesome and seeing one from 1500ft up in the air is an experience worth having! On a balmy Friday morning, the Cessna T206H hovered over the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. The water turned a deeper hue due to the depth, within a mere 7 minutes since our take off from the Koggala Airforce Base. From our vantage point it was easier to survey the surrounding area for any sign of a fluke or tell-tale trail of the elusive blue-whale and lo and behold we were blessed, not merely by one sighting but three sighting of the amazing mammals during the 45 minute flight.

The aerial view was simply breathtaking with ships dotting the horizon, barges sailing away to unknown destinations and our resplendent isle in all its glory from the mountains to the waterways and the lush forests , is indeed a sight to behold. In 2012, I had the experience of seeing a blue whale by boat and it was exhilarating but it does not give you an in depth feel about its gargantuan size unlike the sighting by air, which should be on any person’s bucket list; after all, the extent of it which is similar to three busloads is clearly perceived from a birds- eye view.

We clicked away with unbridled glee as it seemed surreal that these magnificent mammals actually live and breathe within close proximity of our island.

In the famous explorer Marco Polo’s words …. “You should hear (in this case see) it for yourselves, and it will surely fill you with wonder…”

This amazing opportunity was part of a media tour by F- Air which is a subsidiary of Fairway Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, a renowned homegrown corporate which offers a plethora of lifestyle enhancing products and services. It has made its mark in various industries from real estate to manufacturing and trading operations, renewable energy projects, hire purchase services and more recently the travel and leisure industry.

The island’s tourism industry boomed in the aftermath of the 30 year civil war with many oversees arrivals in order to explore the island and discover its bountiful treasures. The whale watching industry too received a boost due to its vast scope. While spotting a whale up close is thrilling, many have to face multiple challenges such as sea-sickness, 6-7 hours or more in a boat and the most unlucky fact of not seeing a whale at all. In addition the view from a boat is minimal.Yet, if one could by all means view whales from a boat, you should experience it at least once, but whale watching by air is the icing on the proverbial cake sans the challenges.

With the acquisition of a Cessna T206H single engine turbo crop light aircraft which made F-Air a pioneer as it was the first private entity in Sri Lanka to import an amphibious aircraft with the aim of offering private and luxurious air travel for the discerning traveller. This enables the plane to land in many domestic airports and water aerodromes and other suitable waterways in the island.

F-Air’s whale- watching- by- air- tours grants any adventure seeker the marvelous experience of seeing these awe-inspiring creatures in a novel manner, with the added advantage of viewing the beauty of our paradise isle.

With the acquisition of a Cessna T206H single engine turbo crop light aircraft which made F-Air a pioneer as it was the first private entity in Sri Lanka to import an amphibious aircraft with the aim of offering private and luxurious air travel for the discerning traveller. This enables the plane to land in many domestic airports and water aerodromes and other suitable waterways in the island.

F-Air’s whale- watching- by- air- tours grants any adventure seeker the marvelous experience of seeing these awe-inspiring creatures in a novel manner, with the added advantage of viewing the beauty of our paradise isle.

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I believe that everyone has a story to tell and in turn, I love listening to those stories, attempting to paint a picture to my readers with my words. I may not be an artist or painter, but I believe words can create powerful images in ones mind and it is how we share our stories with others.
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