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Diving in Nilaveli

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When to go to Nilaveli

Nilaveli offers its warm waters to divers from April through October. As is typical for tropical climate, monsoons bring lots of rains into the area between the months of December and January, which may effect the water visibility. The average water temperature usually varies between 25C/77F-30C/86F, but it can get colder due to thermoclines with their sudden cold water layers. The air temperature usually ranges from 26C/79F to 29C/84F, while the relative air humidity stays between 70% and 90%. During the rest of the year the water stays clean with high visibility of up to 30m/86ft. What to see Sting rays, morays, tuna, parrotfish, snapper, hawkfish and lionfish are common representatives of the local marine life. It is not unusual to spot whales and dolphins around Nilaveli, who like to swim a little further off the shore.

Scuba diving in Nilaveli

Nilaveli is located in 26 km form Trincomalee Airport. Being one of the most famous spots for diving on the east coast of Sri Lanka, Nilaveli is known to be a diving paradise for both novice and experienced divers who come to explore the variety of the local underwater landscapes. Their habitat comes in various shapes of small caves, walls, soft and hard coral reefs, old shipwrecks and sandy ocean floor. Most popular dive sitesPigeon Island, The variety of dive sites attracts divers to such famous spots as H.M.S Hermes Wreck, Swami Rock, Pigeon Island, and H.M.S. Diomede, located near Tricomalee. This part of Sri Lanka is especially famous for its wrecks that have remained in the water since the World War II and became homes to abundant marine life.