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About scuba diving in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (known as Ceylon until 1972) is an island in South Asia filled with cultural and natural treasures. The island encompasses magnificent landscapes and offers over 160km/99mi of tropical beaches washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Looking for information about scuba diving/diving in Sri Lanka, but still haven’t found all you need? You can find it at An incredible variety of marine life can be explored while scuba diving in the waters of Sri Lanka. The underwater scenery is unlike anywhere else filled with a multitude of tropical fish, colourful coral reefs and intriguing wrecks and caves that are suited for divers of all levels of experience. Sri Lanka has a rich maritime history. According to historical records it is estimated that there are over 200 shipwrecks around the coast of Sri Lanka. The main attraction of diving in Sri lanka is, without a doubt, the WWII wreck of HMS Hermes that is lying near the coast of Batticaloa. The Great and Little Basses reefs (southeast of Kirinda) running along the Southeast coast of the island, just off Yala National Park, are also worth to be visited as well as the largest coral reef in the country known as the Bar Reef (located in Kapitiya). The reefs serve as a home to a wide variety of tropical fish including manta rays, reef sharks and turtles. Among the diverse marine life divers can discover in Sri Lanka there are schools of exotic species of fish as well as countless moray eels, large groupers, sting rays, sharks, turtles and other marine creatures. The most popular diving destinations are Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Negombo, Weligam, Nilaveli, and Colombo.

When to go to Sri Lanka

Scuba diving in Sri Lanka is available throughout the year. Because of monsoon seasons in the country, diving seasons are split between two coasts. The West coast of Sri Lanka (Negombo, Beruwala, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tangalla) is ideal for scuba diving during the months of November through April while in the East coast (Trincomalee, Batticoloa) the season is from April through September. Mid March to mid April is a good time to explore The Great Basses reef (The Great Barrier reef) of Sri Lanka. The average water temperature in Sri Lanka stays around 28C/82F year round. The average air temperature ranges between 25C-35C/77-95F. The water visibility depends on high and low tides and usually is between 5-25m/16-82ft.

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