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About Eastern Sri Lanka

Eastern Sri Lanka is rated as one of the best diving spots in Asia and offers great opportunities for divers of all levels. The diversity of the underwater landscape consisting of sand and rock, numerous walls, drop-offs and wrecks draw novice and professional divers from all over the world to try their skills in these waters. Very old shipwrecks remain the major attraction of the east coast. The famous destinations in Eastern Sri Lanka include Nilaveli, as well as Trincomalee with its second largest natural harbor in the world and historical shipwrecks and Batticaloa with its magnificent reefs. The highlights of the area are Swami Rock, Sitanampara, sunken Japanese Zero fighters, The MV Cordiality, HMS Hermes and Boiler wrecks.

When to go to Eastern Sri Lanka

The best time for diving in Eastern Sri Lanka is from April through October, when the water is at its warmest. The average water temperature ranges between 25C/77F and 30C/86F but some sudden drafts of cold water can be encountered at depth. The average air temperature stays around 27C/81F, humidity is relatively high, typical for tropical climate. The monsoon brings rain in December and January to this part of Sri Lanka. It is better to go well offshore for the best visibility which can reach up to 40 m/131ft. What to see The local marine fauna is presented by moray eels, stingrays, pufferfish, lionfish, boxfish, lobsters and mantis shrimps, whose shelter became growing nearby anemones and hard and soft corals.