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A visit to Delft Island

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Colonial remnants, wild horses, baobabs, growing rocks: discover the hidden secrets of the most intriguing island in the North. Delft Island brims with marvels and never fails to fascinate the onlooker. Explore its unique character and enjoy dazzling seascapes.

Experience Overview

Start your journey to the Karikadduwan Jetty at 6.45am from Jaffna to get on board the public ferry at 7.50am. Watch the milky foam as the ferry cuts through the emerald tinted waters of the Indian Ocean. Hop off the ferry and set your foot on the little island that is dotted with simple earthen homes surrounded by coral walls. The growing rock is hard to be missed as it takes the shape of a serpent, and people have wrapped it with bright shawls. Also, catch a glimpse of the towering Baobab tree, which is said to be introduced by Arabic traders from far-off lands. The remnants of the Old Dutch Fort that have stood the test of the time, are a reflection of Sri Lanka’s colonial epoch. Get stunned by the wild horses of the island that roam wildly with their manes rippling in the wind. Wrap up your island adventure savoring a simple local lunch with your host. The boat used to reach Delft Island is a public ferry, operated by the Sri Lankan government. Whilst we are assured of its safety, the ferry does not have particularly comfortable seating and it can get quite humid when you are on board. Passengers on the ferry can be loud, but this is all part of the experience of traveling on a local ferry. The journey will take 45 minutes each way. Please do mind your step when you get in and out of the ferry. Very occasionally there are too many people waiting for the ferry and you may have to wait for the next one which departs approximately one hour later.

Includes: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

We provide your host, water, lunch and transport.

Duration: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Approx. 6 hours

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Suitable for children: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Good for children.

What to wear or bring along: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Light, cool clothing. Bring your camera, hat and sunscreen.

Private or not? - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

The visit is private, guided by your host. That said, there may be other people around at the site.




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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