Can you believe there are currently little-to-no small-ship sailing options (through a known travel brand) along the southern coast of one of 2017’s hottest tourist destinations, Sri Lanka?

We’re a little surprised too…

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… but according to G Adventures, that’s one of the exploration choices currently missing on the island nation.

In a recent release, the tour operator’s Global Sailing Manager, Vince Donnelly, said sailing is the best way to explore the “stunning Sri Lankan coastline”, which is why the adventure brand simply had to provide tourists with the opportunity to experience it.

Coming in February 2018 are the first small-group sailing trips in Sri Lanka running for seven days from, and returning to, Mirissa.

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The week-long trip will take in Galle, a fort city on the southwest coast and Ussangoda National Park, home to a variety of wildlife and rare medicinal plants. Guests will also spot the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, which feeds in the deep-sea trench just off the island’s coast.

The trip can be combined with a land-based itinerary in Sri Lanka called ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, to create a 14-day land and sea getaway.

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“We’re thrilled to be the first adventure company to explore Sri Lanka by sea,” said Donnelly.

“They say great things come in small packages and Sri Lanka is a fantastic destination with plenty to see, do and eat.”

Vince Donnelly, G Adventures Global Sailing Manager

For more information on the first Sri Lankan small-group sailings, check out G Adventures’ website.

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Would you be keen on sailing around Sri Lanka?