Diving Sri Lanka
Diving Sri Lanka is widely praised for its incredible ocean life boasting numerous National , beaches and amazing coastal waters around the island. Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, the country first got noticed as a diving destination when blue whales were regularly sighted off the coastline.
Since then, SriLanka has become a fantastic location for diving and snorkelling as it offers an abundance of colourful corals and several abandoned WWII ship wrecks, making it a serious rival for its neighbour, the Maldives.
Diving Sri Lanka April or September
Diving Sri Lanka is primarily influenced by the Sri Lankan monsoon – November to April is the best time for diving on the west and south coast in places like Unawatuna, Mirissa and Hikkaduwa while the east and north coast and places like Trincomlee and Passikudah offer the best conditions from April to September. This makes it possible to dive in Sri Lanka anytime of the year.
The water temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C while air temperatures range from 22°C to 33°C also make being in and out of the waters of Sri Lanka most enjoyable.
Diving in Southern Sri Lanka
Southern Sri Lanka features not only some of the country’s best places to snorkel November through to the start of May , but has become a popular site for diving as well since the water is generally calm and thus makes it also convenient for kids to dive or snorkel.
Recommended sites are around Unawatuna Bay and Hikkaduwa. Further off the shores lots of different fish species, deep sea creatures and corals can be seen. Along the South Coast of Sri Lanka are a number of amazing ship wrecks which have turned into breathtaking artificial reefs and are now home to large groupers. The best spots for snorkelling are Rock Island and Jungle Beach where plenty of corals can be seen. Choosing Galle as your base makes it possible to experience multiple diving Sri Lanka and snorkelling spots all within 1 hour of Galle.
Diving Sri Lanka Padi
If you’re looking into getting PADI certified in Sri Lanka, here are a number of well-known diving schools:
Unawatuna Diving (PADI certified)(http://www.
Pearl Divers (PADI certified) (http://www.pearldi
Sea Horse Divers Sri Lanka (PADI certified)(http://www.
Poseidon Diving Station Sri Lanka (PADI certified)http://www.
Diving Sri Lanka Prices/Costs
In general, rates for a ‘Discover Scuba Dive’-course (one day)start at US$ 50, a fully certified ‘PADI Scuba Diver Course’ will cost about US$ 200 and takes on average three days. If you’re already a certified diver, packages including gear start at US$ 25-30 for a single dive and around US$ 110-120 for a 5 dive package.
Little ones (ages 8 and up) can start with a ‘Bubble Maker’ which is a basic introductory course, specifically designed for kids, starting from US$ 40. If diving is not for you, consider snorkelling instead – you can get snorkel gear easily from any dive / water sports shop. Tip: avoid borrowing equipment from your guesthouse as these are mostly worn out items. Use equipment from a Centre that regularly services and cleans their gear.
Diving Sri Lanka Fish
When it comes to marine life, the waters around Sri Lanka are truly a diver’s wonderland: take for example Blue Whales, the world’s largest known animal, Sperm Whales, known to be the world’s largest toothed animal, the aforementioned Whale Shark or Napoleon Wrasse, a vividly coloured fish that can grow up to two metres. Even just snorkelling around the coast offers many encounters with reef fishes, trigger fishes, barracudas, turtles,
Diving Sri Lanka Forum
Here are three recommended diving sri lanka websites and diving sri lanka forums with lots of further information that make it easier to plan your dive trip to Sri Lanka ahead:
www.divesrilanka.com – Dive Sri Lanka features an excellent breakdown of the country’s dive regions plus additional information on the country’s marine life, marine archaeology and a useful dive FAQ.
http://srilanka.dive-international.net/ – Dive International is a leading resource for international diving destinations. It provides a summary of the most relevant information on diving in Sri Lanka as well a diving forum Sri Lanka with lots of helpful advice from fellow divers.