The Sri Lankan coast is famed for its many buried ship wrecks. Several of these wrecks have been discovered, but many are still lost. This provides a great motivation for deep sea diving.
The East Coast of Sri Lanka is rated as one of Asia’s top dive sites and offers outstanding experiences for all skill levels. Wrecks are a particular attraction of on the East Coast. Among the best-known is the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes, sunk off the east coast during World War II. For the Tec deep diver looking for a challenge. Dive to the wreckage of the world’s first purpose built air craft carrier the HMS Hermes which was sunk off the coast of Batticaloa, in the east of the island 66 years ago. All you need to do is come along for the adventure!
You can dive almost everywhere! But we have two major seasons which dictates dive locations. which side of the island we can dive. These are the West Coast Season (November-April) and East Coast Season (May-October). There are a number of recommended diving sites in the West Coast, South and East.
November to April – West Coast: Mirissa, Kalpitiya, Negombo, Colombo, Beruwela, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Weligama
May to September – East Coast. Batticoloa and Trincomalee
March to May – The Basses Ridge: the great barrier reef of Sri Lanka, almost 40 km long, the last frontier between the Indian Ocean and the South Pole.
Diving can be treacherous and depends on weather conditions, but the experienced diver will be amply rewarded by the unique sights and sounds, ancient ship wrecks, limestone caves and prolific fish. There is The Great Basses and far away the Little Basses with its lighthouse.