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Diving in Weligama
When to go to Weligama
The best time to dive at Weligama is from May to October. Most of the marine species are present from January to April and from November to December. The best time for green turtles is from December to February. The water and air temperatures stay at about the same level, averaging 28-31C/82-88F throughout the year. The visibility range is 5-25m/16-82ft. Currents are moderate. What to see Weligama is a true find for those who would like to encounter blacktip reef sharks, whale sharks, blue whales, dolphins, eagle rays, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, humpback whales, minke whales, pilot whales, reef sharks, sperm whales, gray whales, electric rays, moray eels, and nudibranchs.
Scuba diving in Weligama
Weligama means "sandy village", referring to its wide, sandy bay. This pearl is found south of Sri Lanka, about 24km/15mi from the historic city of Galle and only 2.5 hours by car (on a new highway with left-side traffic) from Colombo International Airport. Weligama has a beautiful natural environment that makes it a popular place to rest on the beach. The distances around Sri Lanka are short and allow for a variety of activities, such as Galle port excursions on rickshaws, secluded Buddhist temples, and even a jungle tours or a visit to the palace of Sigiriya. Weligama is also a snorkeling destination. Divers come to Weligama to see the massive underwater rock formation with lots of marine life. Most of the Weligama dive sites are located at 15-30m/49-98ft of depth. Most popular dive sites The most famous dive sites are Bridge Rock (caves and swim-throughs), Yala Rock (swim-throughs and little caves), Patch Point (rocky bottom and interesting underwater seascape), and Dispa Rock (an underwater pinnacle).