With 1600Km of palm-fringed coastlines and warm Indian Ocean currents; Sri Lanka is the ideal place for diving. If anyone should know, it’s Skycap News™ correspondent Sarah Caldera who calls this beautiful country her home. Starting from the great blue whale to the tiny Nudibranch, the Sri Lankan waters are filled with marine life. This is one of the many reasons why you must not leave the country without going diving. Below are some of the best spots for diving in Sri Lanka. If you’re an avid professional diver or someone new to snorkeling, this exotic tear-shaped island will provide an unforgettable experience.
Unawatuna is one of the best places to scuba dive on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Moreover, the best part about this location is that you can do multi-level dives on the Galapiteala and Napoleon reef. During your dive in the Unawatuna beach, you will come across a unique variety of marine species including coral fishes, bat fishes, and golden moray eels.
Unawatuna is also a great place to go wreck diving. When you go by boat it will only take you 3o minutes to get to the Rangoon wreck. This particular British steamer is over 100 years old. With its masts intact it sits in the clear blue water, it is highly recommended by many divers to dive in this particular sight. And nearby you will come across the Tango wreck.
This particular diving spot is said to be one of the most fascinating underwater archeology in Sri Lanka. The moment you visit the Rangoon wreck you will begin to feel as if you’re diving through an underwater museum, this is why Unawatuna is on the top of the list for one of the “MUST DIVE” spots in Sri Lanka.
Trincomalee is a very popular diving spot among both tourists as well as locals because of its large sandbank that goes down 1500m into the water. This diving spot consists of a large number of underwater walls, shallow rocky flows that have colorful reefs, pinnacles, fish skulls, and even huge statues and shipwrecks.
When you dive in the waters of Trincomalee you will begin to feel as if you’re floating through a lost underwater city that once existed centuries ago. The more you dive in, the more interesting it becomes. If it wasn’t for the limited oxygen levels in the tank you would definitely want to spend hours exploring underwater.
Nearby Trincomalee you will come across a place called the pigeon island which is an equally interesting spot to dive in. This place is a well-known marine life sanctuary and it’s filled with varieties of fish from different sizes to different colors. Trincomalee also has beautiful coral reefs, anemone, Nudibranch, and much more. Each provides a diving experience that is somewhat close to magical.
Kalpitiya is located on the Northwest side of Sri Lanka and consists of 14 islands. It has been registered as a marine wildlife sanctuary since 1992. Kalpitiya is home to some of the most diverse and rare species in the world.
When diving through the waters of Kalpitiya, you will come across gorgeous coral reefs. Tiny species that have made the various rock formations a welcome home for the black saddled toby, dolphins, manta rays, sharks, and turtles.
However, this particular diving spot is not the deepest as it’s only 98ft. Perhaps, the most popular diving spot in Kalpitiya is the bar reef, one of the largest reefs in Sri Lanka. If you’re looking to take some spectacular underwater photos, you must definitely try diving in the Trevally Pass, Kalpitiya Ridge, and Bulldog Reef. They are well known for their great underwater conditions for photography. For good reason!
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Overall, diving in the pristine waters of Sri Lanka is something one must put on their underwater bucket list. It will surely be an experience of a lifetime. As calming as it is, the visual adventure will keep you coming back for more.