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Why go SCUBA DIVING in sri lanka?
Bathed in warm Indian Ocean currents, and with nearly 1600 kilometres/1000 miles of palm-fringed coastline, Sri Lanka is an amazing dive destination. This island nation has for millennia been a crossroads of historic shipping lanes, the Silk Road and other trade routes have shaped its unique culture. The landscape is as vibrant and varied above the water as it is below.
The waters of Sri Lanka are home to an incredible range of marine creatures from massive blue whales all the way through to tiny nudi branch. Sri Lanka has an abundance of great sites to discover including great wreck dives which are scattered off the coast. Local divers are still discovering new wrecks as they explore the waters of this island nation.
Many of the wrecks are covered in marine life, soft corals, macro critters and large aggregations of schooling fish. Above the surface, Sri Lanka also boasts wildlife reserves, which protect native species such as leopards, porcupines and anteaters. It is also famous for its unique foods and amazing teas, which should be sampled as part of any dive trip. 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.
A GLIMPSE OF what's possible..
Day 1: Arrival into Sri Lanka & head to Hikkaduwa: Once you're in, allow us to take care of the hassles. On arrival you will be met contactlessly by our local representative (wearing a face mask and gloves) who will transfer you by a private hygienic vehicle to the hotel in Hikkaduwa. Check-in to your haven and relax on Day 1 at a boutique hotel by the ocean.
Day 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 : Scuba Diving in Hikkaduwa: We spend the next 4 days exploring the wonderful dive sites around Hikkaduwa. Hikkaduwa is a seaside town in South-western Sri Lanka that is famous for its good surfing, clean beaches and an electric vibe with tons of lovely bars and restaurants. The shallow waters around Hikkaduwa are home to Hikkaduwa National Park which is a coral sanctuary and home to plenty exotic fish, marine turtles and also some beautiful ship wrecks waiting to be explored.
Here are some notable ship wrecks around Hikkaduwa we can explore:
Conch: (Depth 12-21m)
The Conch is a steam-powered oil tanker. One of the first oil tankers in the world, it was built in 1892 in Stockton for Shell. She weighed 3555 ton and was on a journey from Novorossisk to Madras when on 2nd of June 1903 she hit a rock and sank. The wreck is well preserved, with penetration possible into the cabin which is filled with cave-dwellers. Visibility is stable because of the rocky bottom. Good for groupers, napoleons, queen angelfish and all other reef fish.
Earl of Shaftesbury: (Depth 14m)
One of our oldest wrecks this ship dates from the 1820s, a steel 4 mast sailing ship it sank ollowing a fire on board. It is lying on a sandy bottom, very interesting wreck. You can see some special native sweetlips and stingrays, groups of silver batfish and schools of Fosters barracuda.
Alliance: (Depth 23m)
The Alliance is a British wooden sailboat that sank carrying a cargo of charcoal. Lying on a sandy bottom it is ideal for all kinds of reef fishes.
Day 7: Depart Home: Once you're in, allow us to take care of the hassles. On arrival you will be met contactlessly by our local representative (wearing a face mask and gloves) who will transfer you by a private hygienic vehicle to the hotel in Weligama. Check-in to your haven and relax on Day 1 at a boutique hotel by the ocean.
Nov - Apr (South West)
May - Oct (North East)
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