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Ben Boyd National Park was established in 1971. Named after the well-known entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd. The lighthouse was built in 1883 and is 29 meters tall.

Currently, a guided tour was offered each day at 3 p.m. Ask at the information center in Eden for the opening hours first.


The Sapphire Coast has an oceanic climate. Winters are mild, windy and drier with an average day temperature of 7°C. Usually, it's quite hot during summer with a day temperature up to 30°C. Most precipitation between spring and summer. The water temperature is refreshing with more than 20°C from summer until autumn (Dec-April). Autumn still is still pleasant.

Whales migrate along the coast in late winter and spring between May/June until November. It's an excellent spot to spot migrating whales.

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Ben Boyd National Park was established in 1971 and located on the beautiful Sapphire Coast.

The red rocks glimmer best in sunlight late morning. The park is only closed at poor weather or fire danger.

The Sapphiere Coast has an oceanic climate. Winters are mild, windy and drier with an average day temperature of 7 degrees. Summers are warm with a day temperature up to 30 degrees. Most rainfall between spring and summer. Water temperature more than 20 degrees from summer until autumn. Autumn still with pleasant temperatures.

Every season has it's one highlight:

  • Spring: Is the annual whale season which takes place from May/June to November.
  • Summer: Enjoy the beaches and swimming.
  • Autumn: Spot the special lyrebirds performing the characteristic dance and tail display.
  • Winter: The banksias are in bloom.
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There is a 90 % chance of a blue whale sighting at the peak season. Sri Lanka is famous for the giant blue whale. It's the largest animal on earth and ever known to have existed.

The whale watching season starts in November until the end of April. The very best months are March and April for blue whale sightings. The sea is calm in the morning and rough in the afternoon. The whale watching tours start very early in the morning between 6 and latest 7. May to October whales can be spotted, but less in number and the sea can be rough. Anyway, booking is possible at low season, give them a call view days in advance. Be aware May, and June is also the worst time of the monsoon.

Mirissa Blue Whales watching

At the peak season, the chance for sightings is 90 %. We went there in January and spotted one blue whale a couple of times. We got told that they sometimes spot up to eight in one day. Another good option is Trincomalee from June to October with best sightings in August and September.

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