With its impressive coral reefs and abundance of tropical fish, Hikkaduwa is recognized as one of the best places for Snorkeling and diving on the Southwest coast and is best enjoyed in the season of November to April before monsoonal rains start.
Despite its natural beauty, the western peninsular area of Kalpitiya in the Puttalam district of Sri Lanka is remarkably untouched by tourism. For keen scuba divers and snorkelers, the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka (‘Bar reef’) is only an hour’s boat trip from Kalpitiya. This beautiful reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish as well as offering sighting of manta rays, reef sharks and the occasional turtle! The best time for diving and snorkeling to view these under-water wonders is in the period November to April before the onset of the monsoon. Whales and dolphins are increasingly becoming one of the major attractions of Kalpitiya.
On the southeast coast, approximately 10km south of Tissa, lies the pretty village of Kirinda. The village itself boasts a superb beach and an interesting Buddhist shrine on the rocks. However, it is best known as a base from which to experience some excellent diving at the famous ‘Great Basses’ wreck and the Great and Little Basses reefs (southeast of Kirinda).
Also known as ‘sandy village’, Weligama is located approximately 30 km east of Galle. As well as having an attractive sandy bay, this fishing town is also an ideal base for Snorkeling and diving, with many fascinating sites to explore. For those who would rather stay above the surface of the water, catamaran rides are a pleasant way to venture out on the sea. You can also go out further to the deeper waters to see a variety of dolphins and sharks.
(more commonly known as ‘Trinco’) is a prime eco tourism venue which is located on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka and offers some of the country’s most attractive beaches such as ‘Uppuveli’ and ‘Nilaveli’. Fine white-sand and crystal clear water provides an irresistible combination that won’t fail to disappoint any visitor who loves the beach!. Snorkelling around the famous Pigeon island just off Nilaveli beach is widely recognized to be a ‘must-do’ activity during a stay in Trinco.