Diving among shipwrecks
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean with its coral gardens, multitude of exotic fishes and ancient wrecks, Sri Lanka offers one of the best diving experiences in the world. The colorful coral gardens along southern coasts and old and new ship wrecks around the Galle harbor and little and great basses are the favourite Sri Lankan dive sites. Kalpitiya, Ampara and Trincomalee in Eastern and Western coasts offer rare chances of wreck diving, skin diving and diving with dolphins.
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The ocean around Sri Lanka whispers of tales bygone, one of regal maritime visits, of bandits and pirates and journeys of explorers and spice merchants. As you plunge into the warm waters and dive below, these stories come to life. The crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean with a visibility of 20 m. (65 ft.) provide perfect conditions for diving.
With wrecks as dated as the 18th Century dotting the seas, deep reefs and reef walls provide enthralling explorations for scuba divers. For the less adventurous, on-shore coral reefs are ideal for snorkelling. The abundant marine life found around the island is surpassed only at Hikkaduwa in the southern coast where the reef is thought to contain more species of fish than the Great Barrier Reef.
Bandaranaike International Airport - Negombo
Highlights: City tours, Whale watching, Diving, Canal cruise
Following your arrival, head to the beach town of Negombo, the little Rome of Sri Lanka. Negambo’s history dates back as far as the 13th century as a port town used by the Moors and Sri Lankans to trade cinnamon and other spices; the city was later used as a trade town by Portuguese, Dutch and British. The remnants of colonial powers includes the Dutch Fort, an intricate canal system that runs for 100 kms. and many churches still ruling the landscape of Negombo.
Negombo - Kalpitiya - Negombo
A two hour ride from Negombo leads to the Kalpitiya Dutch bay, where whales and dolphins are found in abundance. Large pods of Spinner dolphins could be found within just one hour boat ride from Kalpitiya harbour while Sperm whales and Blue whales are found in large pods near the Bar reef.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the country’s largest coral reef, situated off the Dutch Bay.
Negombo - Marawila
Spend the morning diving and exploring around the wreck of a Royal Air Force fighter bomber, which despite crashing over 50 years ago is in great form. It is common to sight large Moray eels, as well as other marine life. Leave the evening dive for the third reef. A twenty meter dive, where there is no sign of civilization – just calm waters and coral reefs. It is a favourite site to spot different species of rays including Marble rays while divers are greeted by pods of dolphins playing away.
Negombo - Colombo
Spend the morning cruising along the colonial Dutch canals and head for Colombo for a night of shopping, partying or a quiet fine dining experience.
Colombo - Hikkaduwa
Spend the afternoon exploring the oceans with an evening dive at Hikkaduwa’s exciting wreck diving sites.
Hikkaduwa - Galle - Mirissa
Begin the day with dives at decided locations. Start for Mirissa after lunch with a stop at the Dutch Galle Fort and Galle maritime museum.
Head to the middle of the ocean with the day break in search of gentle giants of the ocean. Blue whales, Brydes whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, Bottle Nose dolphins, common dolphins and Spinner dolphins grace the waters of Southern Seas from Weligama to Mirissa and can be found within just eight to ten nautical miles from Mirissa harbor.
Mirissa - Colombo - BIA
Transfer to Colombo en route to the International Airport.
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