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Diving in Hikkaduwa
When to go to Hikkaduwa
The best time to come to Hikkaduwa for diving is from November till the end of April, as the water is at its warmest and visibility is the best. The water temperature stays around 25C/77F-26C/79F, and air temperature ranges between 23C/73F and 26C/79F, on average. As Hikkaduwas is located on the south coast of Sri Lanka, the monsoon season comes here from October till January bringing heavy rains and high humidity. The average water visibility ranges between 15m/49ft and 25m/82ft reaching its highest after the monsoon season is over. What to see The marine life comes in all shapes and colors and includes pufferfish, porcupinefish, moray eels, snappers and various exotic fish. Shallow reefs are full of bright colored fish, while the deep water hides black tip sharks, humphead wrasses and tuna.
Scuba diving in Hikkaduwa
Bandaranaike International Airport is located in 143 km from Hikkaduwa. Hikkaduwa, with its beautiful coral sanctuary and great variety of dive sites, provides diving opportunities for divers of all levels. The underwater landscape surprises divers with its diversity of reefs, caves, rock formations and shipwrecks. The deepest dive reaches almost 40m/131ft and is accessible only to experienced divers, while most other sites are open for everybody. Most popular dive sites The best, well-known spots around Hikkaduwa are the Black Coral Point with schools of angle fish, the Coral Garden Cave, Kirala Gala, Deep Rock (Diyamba Gala) with a multilevel rock complex, The Conch with a big shipwreck and Earl of Shaftesbury with an old British iron sale ship. All of the sites are located in less than 45 minutes by boat from the shore, which is relatively close for such stunning natural spots.