Diving Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, offers a myriad of diving adventures, from vibrant coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, to countless sunken wrecks waiting to be explored! Sri Lankan Tour Hub is here to offer you the best level of service to make your diving holiday perfect.
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- Diving & Snorkeling Sites in Sri Lanka
- Beginners / Advanced Diving Courses
- Whales & Dolphins Watching
- Adventure Diving Tours
- Diving East Coast, West, West Coast & Down South
Diving East Coast – Sri Lanka.
This dive camp will take place at Trincomalee beach’s diving center in Uppuveli, Sri Lanka. The camp is located near the beach that will give you easy access to the diving spots. It is also less crowded, giving you a hassle-free time to learn properly or enjoy the waves to the fullest. As well as sunrise dive, the sunset snorkeling is the most awesome experience to do. This is also one of the best places to go dolphin watching during the whale season April to October.
Seasonal averages: 22°C/72°F in winter and 33°C/93°F in summer. East Coast diving is best from around April to October.
Trincomalee is a unique city and the capital of the eastern province, with the largest natural harbor in Asia. on the Bay of Bengal which can accommodate some of the largest vessels. A tropical warm weather prevails around the year with beautiful sand beaches and crystal clear Turkish blue waters. There is a famous Hindu temple on top of the swami rock which is also known as the lovers leap .A Hindu Temple with Thousand columns built many centuries ago was destroyed in 1622 by the Portuguese.
The road and the climb to the site where the Koneswaram temple is situated leads through the Fort Frederick, built (1676) by the Dutch and the Area is guarded by the Army. During World War II, Trincomalee was the British naval headquarters in the south Asia. The British naval base remained in Trincomalee until 1957, when government of Ceylon abrogated its defense agreement with Britain and took over the base. The coastal areas around the town was devastated by the 26th December 2004, by the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Snorkeling with Whales & Dolphins
Most ocean lovers would jump at the opportunity to swim with any species of whale, let alone the largest in the ocean. Blue whales can grow to an impressive 30 meters/98 feet in length and can weigh more than 130,000kg/286lbs. Even catching a glimpse of these gigantic animals as they breach the surface can be a memorable experience. So imagine observing the largest animal on earth underwater as they gracefully pass you by – who else just got goosebumps?
Classified as an endangered species, blue whales are commonly found throughout Sri Lanka during March and April. Blue whales can often be spotted along the south coast of Sri Lanka off Dondra head near the village of Mirissa and also in the north-east near Trincomalee. Swimming with these gentle giants is an extraordinary experience that will top many divers bucket lists for years to come.
What to see?
You can experience the largest mammals on earth in their natural habitat. With up to 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons Blue whales are friendly giant whose diet composed nearly exclusively of tiny shrimp like animals called krill. The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales and can easily recognized by its massive head and prominent rounded forehead containing the largest brain of any creature known to have lived on Earth. From the boat you can often spot groups of spinner dolphins playing in the water.
How long is the tour?
Meet the team at the Dive Center at 5:45 am and get ready to take the boat at 6 am just in front of the beach. You will be back at approx. 8:15 am for a well deserved breakfast.
The Indian Ocean can be a little bit choppy sometimes . If you tend to get sea sick, we advise you to take seasick pills 1 hour before getting on the boat
The Team will give their best to spot one of the biggest mammals in the deep blue water, but please understand that there is no guarantee to see whales as wildlife cannot be planned.
Marble Beach & Pigeon Island National Park
Tourism is being developed. Some of the finest beaches in the world have been re opened for tourists, The famous Marble beach is near the China bay air Base . The fascinating under water world gives the divers and snorkelers an unforgettable experience. The much spoken Pigeon Island has easy access from the Nilaweli Beach as well as from Uppuweli. The black tip reef sharks found near the pigeon islands, Turtles, famous corals reefs will certainly attract divers and snorkelers to the region.
Best Dive Sites in Trincomalee
Suwami Rock & Cave
Right below the oldest temple in Trincomalee this beautiful rocky area is surrounded by many legends and mysteries. It’s one of the most interesting and popular dive sites around…from the statues of the Hindu gods (Shiva, Ganesh) to big schools of fishes, turtles, stone fish and an incredible variety of eels! 15 min Boating Time & 8 -22 miter Depth
Dive Sites of Colombo West
There are most of wreak to explore. As you descent down the line, you start to see a shadowy mass that is the superstructure of a cargo freighter. But you wonder at the strange yellow mass off in the distance – as get closer and you realize it is a school of hundreds of snapper, hanging out by the bow of the wreck.
Best Dive Places in Colombo
Gorgonian garden coral reef
This place is just amazing! As its name suggests, this seabed is filled with majestic gorgons. To protect this dive site, anchorage is prohibited. You will have to descend in the blue of the waters to almost 35 meters to see this fabulous forest. This dive is for experienced divers, confident in their diving skills. Indeed, on some days you will experience, capricious and strong currents. In addition to the giant gorgonians, you will contemplate the ballet of hundreds of trigerfishes.
Taprobane North Wreck or Perseus in Colombo
The British steamer SS Perseus, built at the dawn of the First World War, sank on February 21, 1917, after hitting a German mine. Located 20 km off the coast of Colombo, the massive and well preserved vessel lies between 30 and 40 meters deep and covers a vast area that allows divers to do several immersions. Covered with soft corals and black corals, the wreck is a paradise for many fishes such as snappers, napoleon fish, trevally, or groupers. Despite the excellent visibility (more than 30 meters) due to the depth of the wreck, this dive is only for level 2 or PADI advanced divers.
Bentota Dive Sites
Canoe Rock is one of our favorite dive sites. We’ve always had a few surprises there in terms of seeing something interesting. During the day and in good visibility there has been schools of Snappers, Trevally, Fusiliers, Moral Eels of sorts and Porcupine fish. The rocky terrain can be quite scenic. The lobster cave (on the right side of the Canoe Passage) usually holds a large resident. Depth: 20 Meters
Black Coral Point
Large swells produce a considerable current as we struggle to swim down the anchor line. The dusty haze that envelops the shallow suddenly clears and a vast panorama of rock complexes suddenly emerges beneath us. Today the pelagic fish life is poor, there are many things to see. For starters the arresting sight of Black Coral Trees in all their white glory. Then the small to medium things in life. Shining little Crabs, Bandit Shrimps, Moray Eals, small Groupers, Puffer fish, Butterfly fish, & Surgeon fish.
The Black Coral Point is full of rocks. Most of them very large and loom over you with subtle menace. Pretty trees of Black Coral are profusely abundant giving the site its name. Sharp cracks and crevices within the rocks harbor a variety of reef fish. Cleaning stations are abundant with fish stopping over with their gills invitingly spread wide open for the darting iridescent blue Cleaner Wrasse.
Hikkaduwa Dive Sites
Deeper sites, Caverns, Rock Outcrops, Reef and Ridges
With the qualification, one can then visit the deeper sites, caverns, rock outcrops, reefs, and ridges, as well as the shipwrecks that this area is famous for. Well maintained and populated with several colorful species of reef and rock dwellers, our sites abound with plant and corals. Pelagic species, like tuna, mackerel, bonito, trevally, and barracuda make their regular visits.
The grouper with their attendant cleaner wrasse and Morays peering out inquisitively from homes live in symbiosis with colorful shrimp. Parrotfish constantly patrol, and triggerfish dart over the rocks, while several species of surgeonfish are ever-present.
Unawatuna Dive Sites
There are 16 different Dive Sites with different depth from 6 to 30 m we offer Reef Dives, Rock Dives, Wreck Dives and Night Dives. Hard and soft corals are at the most reef dive sites up to 18 m unfortunately rare. In 1997 the “El Nino”, surface current with high water temperatures reached also the west and south coast of Sri Lanka and bleached a lot of the coral reefs. Since this time coral starts growing slowly again.
At the deeper Unawatuna Dive Sites there are mostly rocky areas with deep valeys to explore. Close to the Galle harbour divesites there are our wreck dive sites on a sandy ground with the famous “Rangoon” Wreck on a depth of 30 m, the SS Oreste on a depth of 22 m and the Galle Ship Wreck with a depth of 18 m. At the reefs you can find a lot of macrow staff, many different nudibranches, different coral fish of the Indian Ocean, Sting Rays on the sandu bottom and at the Unawatuna Dive Site,”Napoleon Reef” you see mostly also the Napoleon Wrasse.
The most soft corals and fish live are at the two deeper wrecks. Mostly there are hundreds and thousand of Sweet Lips and different other fish. Barakudas, Trevalies, Sting rays are also mostly spotted there. Sometime you can also see, mostly at the month from January to March, Whale Sharks, Reef Sharks and Mantas, but these are really seldom. You can be happy when you can spot one of these creatures.
Napoleon Reef Dives
This stunning diving site located 10 minutes away from the dive center to the left side. This starts with 6 miters and you can go 18 meters under. The Reef spread with one KM can see rocky and reef areas. There is much different kind of reef fishes. We can see napoleon fish. The one fish is 40 kg more than weight. There are many Groupers, Moray ells, various types of sea plants and slugs. Natural made one. This is one of the great and stunning dive sites located near Unawatuna.
Weligama Dive Sites
North East of Weligama Bay, out in the blue, you will find this majestic underwater pinnacle. this is the deepest and most exotic diving site accessible for now from Weligama and Mirissa area. This place has a sandy bottom with smaller rocks around this massive mountain. A great spot where you can do deep diving and get the possibility to see Blue Whales, Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. The top of the pinnacle is full covered by tiny blue Triggerfishes and Barracudas which are there for hunting. 30 minute Boating Time and 32 miters Depth
One of Weligama most impressive dive site. Big rock formations rise up from 20 m to highest peak just 5 m below the surface. Yala Rock offers adventurous swim throughs provided by little caves. There are Stone and Lion-fishes along the rocks. Turtles and Lobsters also can be spotted during the dive. To be surrounded by a big school of Fusiliers and Snappers, during the safety stop, on the top of the mountain is a great experience. The prime season to dive at Yala Rock is December through April. The best period to encounter dolphins and sharks is November to April. The average water temperature is and the same as the average air temperature, 27C/81F. 20 minute Boating Time and 24 m Depth
Mirissa Dive Sites
Patch Point is a dive site also known as ‘Prince Heinrichs Patch (PHP) in the maritime charts of Sri Lanka. This dive site is located south east of Weligama Bay and 3 km in front of Mirissa Beach. From the old days, small round rocks are spreading all over the place. Merchant ships arrived at this area and throw over board this stones they were carrying, to replace them with spicy for europe. Patch Point has a great marine life and is the home of Powder Blue Surgenfishes, Clown Triggerfishes, Honeycomb Moray Eels, Stingrays and many others underwater animals. The best time for diving at Patch Point is December through April. The best period to encounter dolphins and sharks is November to mid-April. The average water temperature is the same as the average air temperature, 27C/81F. 30 min Boating Time and 20 m Depth
Mirissa Point is a good place to start your beginner course. It is not very deep, the depth of the dive site is between 6 m and 12 m with a sandy bottom. meaning that you can stay underwater for periods of more than an hour. Mirissa Point is also an excellent site for night diving. The perfect location to do your first steps into diving. Angelfish, Parrotfish, Groupers and giant Bufferfish can be observed. It is located a 19 minutes boat ride from Weligama
Kirinda Beach & Diving
Kirinda is an ideal place to experience scuba diving during the inter monsoon period. The archaeologically important diving spots, caves and the Long Basses reef with crystal clear water, vertical walls, shallow-water soft corals and also the long sandy beach gives any recreational diver a mesmerizing inspiration to enjoy an unforgettable experience in the pristine waters of Serendib.
Kirinda Dive Sites – Endless Under Water Treasures
The geographical and geological conditions of the area around the Great and Little Basses reef resulted in many unknown sailors going down with their ships and belongings in these blue waters. Hence there are many identified archaeologically important old shipwreck sites around the Basses site and there also exist many unknown sites waiting to be discovered.
Wreck sites around the Basses
This is a shallow site very close to the reef opposite the Silver Coin wreck. Mr. Peter Throckmorton and Dr. Arthur C. Clarke found this wreck of the early British period. According to history, a ship had docked at Port of Galle in its eastward passage to collect a shipment of soda bottles from a company by the name of “Clarek and Company” which supplies pointed – bottom soda bottles.
The remnants of the mysterious bottle wreck lies on the land side of the Great Basses ridge. This wreck is very badly deteriorated because of the shallow water and residual surge conditions. The wreck is almost integrated into a reef and the only well-defined objects are two large anchors. Only a very few bottles from its original cargo remain as most bottles have been taken away by treasure hunters. The two large anchors also face the danger of been removed by treasure hunters.
Caves Around the Basses
The Basses reef is the best place to go cave diving in Sri Lanka. The magnificent natural features like ravines, pillars, pinnacles, caves and sand pockets surrounded by high wall corals and crevices created by the heavy currents and surge conditions though out the year entice divers to tirelessly discover its wonders and surprises. Even during the annual season, this place tends to contain some current however if one wants to enjoy cave diving in Sri Lanka this would be the ideal location to have a lifetime experience.
This is the place to see varieties of fish like groupers, moray eels, lobsters, tuna, angelfish, rays, napoleons, coneys, red hind, snappers, parrotfish and millions of other denizens of the ocean and while moving through these waters you can see festoons of black corals and deep water sea fans. Watch out for sea turtles at the Basses. Hawkbill turtles and green turtles are frequently observed here resting in the protection of a ledge.
Fauna and Flora
This is a good place to see marine life like groupers, gray sharks, tuna, angelfishes, rays, giant Maori Wrasses (napoleons), snappers and millions of other denizens of the ocean. Undoubtedly the Basses are the foremost place to dive to witness the vast marine biodiversity in Sri Lanka.
Wreck Sites Conservation
- Site Monitoring.
- Updating and maintaining a registry wreck.
- Collecting of wreck site data including photography, video, and physical source.
- Conservation of artifacts if found necessary under the guidance of experts.
- Safe rendering of unexplored explosives and other hazards.
- Management and entry control to underwater wrecks.
- Local Police and Archaeological Department will be informed that SLCG approval is required for any diving expedition in Basses reefs.
- Foreign and local diving expeditions are allowed only under SLCG supervision to ensure no treasure hunting.
Coastguard diving center Kirinda takes action towards protecting underwater archaeologically valid dive site and other wrecks around basses reef. These significant areas marked with buoys and allow underwater photography only in limited areas. Further, foreign and local recreational divers are allowed diving only under the supervision of SLCG divers to ensure no treasure hunting and vandalism.
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