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Diving in Kalpitiya
When to go to Kalpitiya
Kalpitiya is an arid region in Sri Lanka, with mostly sunny and warm weather all year round. It is not possible to dive here from May to November, during the southwest monsoon. In early May, large marine mammals can be spotted in this zone. Water temperatures average 25-30C/77-86F throughout the year, and the visibility averages 10-15m/33-49ft. The currents in these waters are usually weak, but are influenced by the changing tides. What to see The most interesting species in Kalpitiya’s waters are blue whales, humpback whales, minke whales, pilot whales, sei whales, sperm whales, fin whales, bottlenose dolphins, Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins, sea turtles, tropical fish, dugongs, manta rays, and sharks.
Scuba diving in Kalpitiya
The Kalpitiya region consists of 14 islands and is located on the northwestern side of Sri Lanka, in the Puttalam district. The closest airport is Anuradhapura Airport that is located in 125km/77.6mi away. The nature in this area is known for its virgin beauty, because it hasn’t yet become a tourist Mecca. Since 1992, Kalpitiya has been registered as a marine wildlife sanctuary, which means that this region has some of the highest diversity in marine species in the world. Diving in Kalpitiya is mostly about exploring large, beautiful reefs with thriving species settling around the rock formations. The dive sites in the region are usually shallow, not reaching more than 30m/98ft deep. Most popular dive sites The worth visiting dive sites are Bar Reef, which is the largest reef in Sri Lankan waters, Kalpitiya Ridge, Trevally Pass, and Bulldog Reef, known for its great conditions for underwater photography.