Scuba Discover Diving Tour In Sri Lanka

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9 Days Explore Marine Life: PADI Discover Diving Tour in West Coast, Down South, Sri Lanka.

 

Adventure dives in Mount Lavinia, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa, and Kirinda, an outstanding dive tour! It’s the pearl of the Indian Ocean, waiting to be explored. Where you dive in Sri Lanka depends on when you plan to visit because the monsoon seasons vary from one end of the island to the other. October to May is the high season for diving the west and south-west coast, and May to October is the best time to dive the north-east coast. With incredible diving, friendly locals, amazing food and top side treasures, Sri Lanka truly offers it all.

 

Highlights

  • All the diving equipment
  • PADI Discover Diving sessions
  • Service of a skillful diving instructor
  • 7 Discover Diving various sites in the coast
  • Transport for the whole tour
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 9 buffet breakfasts
  • Airport pick up

 

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

 

Styles

  • Diving.

8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport
Airport transfer included: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport

Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  •  Hot spring
  •  Air-conditioned rooms
  •  Bar
  •  Barbecue facilities
  •  Cafe
  •  Dining area
  •  Environmentally friendly
  •  Garden
  •  Honesty bar
  •  Lobby
  •  Meditation garden
  •  Picnic area
  •  Restaurant
  •  Special menu request
  •  Terrace
  •  Yoga deck
  •  Bicycle rental
  •  Board rental
  •  Car rental
  •  Currency exchange
  •  Dry cleaning
  •  Free parking
  •  Free Wi-Fi
  •  Internet access
  •  Ironing / ironing board
  •  Laundry
  •  Medical assistance
  •  Meeting room
  •  Parking lot
  •  Tour assistance
  •  Wireless internet

During this holiday, you have the option of staying in a private room in the villas / resorts or 3 / 4-star hotels in Weligama Bay depending on your budget or needs.

  • 20 private rooms with AC and no AC
  • 25 luxury private rooms in villas

 Program

The requirement for “Discover Dive Tour Program”

  • PADI Open Water Certification
  • PADI Discover Diver Certification
  • Age requirement: 14 years or older
  • Time commitment approximately 8-15 hours course prerequisites

 

Never dive before?

  • Age requirement 14 years or older
  • Time commitment approximately: 8-15 hours course prerequisites
  • Able to swim; medically fit for diving

 

The PADI Discover Diver course consists of three main phases:

 

  • Knowledge development (online, independent study / in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

 

You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.

Short on time? The PADI Discover Scuba Diver course might be right for you.

If you’ve always wanted to try scuba diving, but don’t want to commit to the full PADI Open Water certification then this is for you! Sri Lankan Tour Hub’s professional team of international PADI instructors can introduce you to the equipment in the swimming pool, before taking you on your first underwater adventure! In the ocean, you can admire the wonderfully diverse marine life.

 


Itinerary 

Day 1: Colombo Airport – Mount Lavinia City

Once you arrive at Colombo International Airport (CMB), Sri Lankan Tour Hub’s guides will pick you up from the airport. Then, you will directly be transferred to the Dive Camp in Mount Lavinia Colombo, Sri Lanka via E01 Express Highway.

This day, the guides will be going to show you the city and beach around Mount Lavinia. You will check-in and meet the team. There, you will enjoy seafood, barbecue, local foods, and Sri Lankan style cocktails. Afterward, you can visit a beach, take a rest as you wish.

 

Day 2: Diving – Barracuda Reef Mount Lavinia (2 dives) – Move to Bentota City

Barracuda Reef: this is a great dive site waiting to be explored and it never disappoints. The reef provides shelter for a wide variety of aquatic creatures including lionfish, rays and nudibranch. Located off the coast of Mount Lavinia near Colombo, this is a popular dive site.

Indeed, this is a long reef formation lush with life. Schools of Fusiliers and Barracudas can be seen quite consistently. The large limestone blocks that form the reef may not be attractive. This is not a traditional coral reef full of fluttering and colorful reef fish. In fact, one would say the reef is entirely devoid of color. But what sets it apart is the abundance of fish life. Schools of rabbitfish, snappers, fusiliers and the ever-present shoal of the small Fosters Barracuda make this reef a delight for the diver. However, the best is left for the ones with keen eyesight. Hidden among the multitude of nooks and crannies are an amazing amount of macro life.

You will begin your day with enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily. You will have beginners diving lessons or professional dive guiding at diving school near the beach for almost 3 hours, that you can collect your basic equipment and start your practice and discover diving at Barracuda Reef with the diving teacher and team. You will have your buffet for lunch. In your spare time, you may relax on the beach.

After lunchtime, you will have to travel to Bentota city for the next dive camp center and then you will move to watch other beaches, dive shops, and accommodation. You will also have a chance to see an evening sunset at the same point. You will have your dinner at Panadura Beach under the night fire on the beach and come back to your accommodation, relax.

 

Day 3: Bentota Dive Sites (2 dives) – Move to Hikkaduwa Beach

Canoe Rock & Black Coral Point is one of the best dive sites in Sri Lanka! A favorite among adventure seekers and couples, it is the lobster valley cave and the vibrant coral colonies that draw tourists into the ocean. The site is just a 20-minute boat ride away from the coast, and you can dive up to 20 meters deep here.

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish. This will be your day two of your Diving career, slap on the sunscreen, take your theory and practical lesson at the theater (the theory is every day and can be before or after the dive session), jump in a vehicle, and head to the dive school for either a lesson or guided dive in Bentota Dive Sites.

After lunchtime, you will travel to Hikkaduwa city for the next dive camp center and then you will move to watch other beaches, dive shops, and accommodation. You will also have a chance to feel an evening sunset at the same point. You will have your dinner at the Hikkaduwa Beach and come back to your accommodation, relax.

 

Day 4: Hikkaduwa – (2 dives), Deeper Sites, Caverns, Rock Outcrops, Reef and Ridges, Dives – Move to Unawatuna City

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.

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily. You will have a discover diving lessons or professional dive guiding at diving school near the beach for almost 3 hours, that you can collect your basic equipment and start your practice and discover diving at Hikkaduwa Diving Center with the diving teacher and team.

After lunchtime, you will travel to Unawatuna city for the next dive camp center and then you will move to watch other beaches, dive shops, and accommodation. You will also have a chance to feel an evening sunset at the Unawatuna beach. You will have your dinner at the Unawatuna Beach Always transport free and come back to your accommodation, relax.

 

Day 5: Unawatuna Napoleon Reef Dive (2 dives) – Move to Weligama City

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.

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily. You will have discover diving lessons or professional dive guiding at diving school near the beach for almost 3 hours, that you can collect your basic equipment and start your practice and discover diving at the Napoleon Reef with the diving teacher and team.

After lunchtime, you will travel to Weligama city for the next dive camp center and then you will move to watch other beaches, dive shops, and accommodation. You will also have a chance to feel an evening sunset at the same point also practice beginners surfing lessons there. You will have your dinner at Weligama Beach and come back to your accommodation, free transport, and relax.

 

Day 6: Weligama Dives (2 dives) – Dispa Rock – Bridge Rock – Staying in Weligama.

Dispa Rock is a massive rock formation, rises above 15 meters from the sea bed. Its pinnacle is about 5 meters from the surface. And this is the deepest and most exotic diving site accessible for now from Weligama and Mirissa area. Spotted is a wide range of marine life including triggerfish. You may be lucky to spot blues and sperms too at this spot.

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish. This will be your day five of your diving career, slap on the sunscreen, take your theory and practical lesson at the theater (the theory is every day and can be before or after the dive session), jump in a Tuktuk, and head to the dive school for either a lesson or guided dive in Dispa Rock.

After Dives you can chill in the afternoon with some beach games such as surfing and act. You may explore Weligama, shop, relax at the beach, or grab a board and jump in for a free surf. They will recommend optional adventures for you to do in the afternoons if you don’t feel like surfing again.

You will have your dinner at night fire on the beach. You can have your rest or go to the DJ music in the night as per your choice.

 

Day 7: Mirissa Moray Point (2 dives) – Move to Kirinda (Down South)

Mirissa Moray Point is just outside of Mirissa Harbour. Spotted are, among many others, angelfish, parrotfish, groupers, and giant pufferfish, whale shark, turtle, and triggerfish. Maximum depth 17 m.

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish. This will be your day 7th of your Diving career, slap on the sunscreen, take your theory and practical lesson at the theater (the theory is every day and can be before or after the dive session), jump in a vehicle, and head to the dive school for either a lesson or guided dive in Mirissa Moray point. Distance from Weligama to Mirissa is 19 minutes (7.9 kilometers).

After lunchtime, you will travel to another dive site to Kirinda (from Mirissa to Kirinda is 3 hours, 126.9 kilometers) for next dive camp center and then you will move to watch other beaches, dive shop, and accommodation. You will also have a chance to feel an evening sunset at the same point. You will have your dinner at Kirinda Beach and come back to your accommodation, relax.

 

Kirinda Beach and 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 – Down South – Sri Lanka – 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.

 

Marine Ecology

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 unexploded 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.

 

Day 8: Explore Kirinda (2 dives)

  • Endless Under Water Treasures

  • Caves Around The Basses

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish. This will be your day five of your Diving career, slap on the sunscreen, take your theory and practical lesson at the theater (the theory is every day and can be before or after the dive session), jump in a vehicle, and head to the dive school for either a lesson or guided SLCG divers in Endless Under Water Treasure and Caves Around The Basses.

After dives you can chill in the afternoon with some beach games and activities. You may explore Kirinda more, Relax at the beach, we will recommended optional adventures for you to do in the afternoons if you don’t feel like tired again.

You will have your lat night dinner at night fire on the beach of your adventure dive campsites. You can have your rest or go to the DJ music in the night as per your choice.

 

Day 9: Kirinda – tour ends

You will have a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast with local foods. After this day morning, all the lessons are finished and hopefully, you will have amazing marine life experience in Sri Lankan diving, check out is by 11:00 a.m. Grab some photos in your dive site and some mercy to show off to your friends. Make sure you’ve got everyone on Facebook and say goodbye to your surf camp family. They miss you already.

Sri Lankan Tour Hub is happy to arrange transportation service from Kirinda dive site to your early arranged location in Sri Lanka.


 Included excursions

Discover Dive excursions sites

  • Mount Lavinia – Colombo
  • Bentota
  • Hikkaduwa
  • Galle Dutch Fort visit tour
  • Unawatuna
  • Weligama
  • Mirissa
  • Kirinda
  • Kirinda Historical Temple
  • Deundara Temple

 Location

Sri Lanka is a great place to learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver course. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Enriched Air Diver, PADI Deep Diver, and PADI Wreck Diver courses are popular to dive many of the sites and wrecks off the coastline of Sri Lanka. You can also become a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor from this island paradise.

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.

 

Distances

  • Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) – 2 hours and 18 minutes / 110 kilometers
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) – 2 hours and 19 minutes / 171.4 kilometers via Southern Expy/E01

 


Food

On this dive camp, you will be served daily breakfast (included in the price). For the rest of the meals, you can have the best local food experience as well as Western and Sri Lankan foods in the local restaurants.

 

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

 

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

 

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organizer when making a reservation

 

 What’s included

  • Airport pickup
  • Explore 7 dive sites: Mount Levenia Colombo, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa, and Kirinda
  • 14 bottles diving in 7 dive sites
  • 9 buffet breakfasts
  • Free coffee, tea, king coconuts
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Transport for whole tour 9 days
  • Professional dive photographer joining you with some lesson
  • Free use of diving equipment
  • 30-minute video annalist to share via social media
  • High-speed Wi-Fi

 

 What’s not included

  • Airport transfers to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Flights to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Lunch and dinner for 9 days
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Optional activities

 


Things to do (optional)

  • Surfing lessons for beginners / intermediate and advanced
  • Whale watching tour
  • Spa and body massage

 


Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) or Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI). Transfer from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is included. Sri Lankan Tour Hub will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International AirportNo additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Airport transfer available: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$100 per person)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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