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Diving in Colombo

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When to go to Colombo

Scuba diving in Colombo is the best from November till April. During this season the average water temperature is around 28C/82F, the air temperature fluctuates between 25C-35C/77-95F, and monsoon is absent. The water visibility usually ranges between 5-25m/16-82ft. What to see While diving here divers will spot a lot of marine species, including pipefish, rays, barracudas, rabbitfish, stingrays and others. Divers can also explore a lot of outer reefs with soft corals and massive gorgonian sea fans.

Scuba diving in Colombo

Among divers Colombo is well known as a great place for wreck diving. Its wrecks vary from commercial barges to aircrafts and oil tankers with site depth ranging from 30-57m/98-187ft. One of the most famous wrecks in the area is Car Carrier Wreck. It sank in 1983 and formed one of the most magnificent artificial reefs in the area. Its hull is well encrusted with corals. The Barge, lies 30m/98ft deep, schools of tropical fish teeming on the deck carpeted with stunning corals. Taj Wreck, another popular site, is a badly broken harbour boat overgrown with corals. However fascinating they may be Colombo diving is not limited by wrecks. The Gorgonian Gardens are one such example. The Gardens are a unique dive site found nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Taprobane Reefs are simply outstanding with their abundant marine life, including crabs, shrimps, electric rays and pipefish.