G Adventures has announced the launch of a new sailing trip
along Sri Lanka’s east coast, following the popularity of its sailing trip
along the island’s south coast. The first itinerary launched in February this
year and is already 90 percent sold out in its first season.
The new 'Sailing Sri Lanka – East Coast' itinerary is designed to
complement the existing 'Sailing Sri Lanka – South Coast' tour, meaning
sailing trips will run in the country throughout the year and give travellers
two different options. Trips will travel the east coast from July to September
2018, before heading to the south coast from November 2018 to April 2019.
Compared to the south which features more on-land excursions, the east coast is
more deserted and secluded, with some of Sri Lanka’s best snorkelling
opportunities. Both itineraries are timed for optimal whale-watching and
travellers can also take advantage of the two kayaks and two stand-up paddle
boards found onboard.
Both sailing trips take place on a brand new 52-foot catamaran that carries up
to eight travellers. The boat was launched this year for G Adventures and has
four double / twin cabins with ensuite bathrooms, portholes, and pop-up
Vince Donnelly, global sailing manager, G Adventures, says the east coast
itinerary adds valuable extra capacity as well as giving travellers the
opportunity to explore even more new sailing territory.
thrilled to be the first small-group adventure company to explore Sri Lanka by
sea, and we’re even more excited to be offering a second ‘travel first’ with
this new itinerary along the east coast. Both trips have a local chief
experience officer (CEO), skipper, and cook onboard, so travellers will experience
the local culture and flavours as they explore the stunning Sri Lankan
coastline,” said Donnelly.
The addition of Sri Lanka sailing brings the number of sailing destinations
offered by G Adventures to nine, with 26 different itineraries in total
operating in the British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Cuba, Greece, Indonesia,
Maldives, Montenegro and Thailand.
The new itinerary is priced from $1,999 per person, for a seven-day trip from
Negombo return. The price does not include flights.