There are several diving schools in Sri Lanka at the various beach resorts on the west, south and east coasts, where you can go and get your Padi certificate. It’s fascinating to get a glimpse of the rich fish waters around Sri Lanka. On some places you can see some very interesting coral reefs (Sout West Sri Lanka).  The quality of the diving schools may vary in the way they give the instructions and the quality of the equipment. It is a matter of doing some research before you make the decision for the diving centre you prefer. Deep sea diving is getting increasingly popular, because there are several ship wrecks you can explore of which the one to the HMS Hermes, off the coast of Batticaloa seems to be very popular.  


The best places for scuba diving and snorkeling in Sri Lanka are:

  • Kalpitiya (Bar Reef)
  • Nilaveli (Pigeon Island, just north of Trincomalee) (snorkeling)
  • Negombo (snorkeling)
  • Hikkaduwa (one of the best diving and snorkeling places)
  • Unawatuna (diving and snorkeling)
  • Weligama
  • Mirissa (for beginning divers)
  • Kirinda (Great Basses and ship wrecks nearby)


Other water sports

Bentota is the best place and has most of the facilities to do different other water sports, such as water skiing, body surfing, sea kayaking, jet skiing and wind surfing) 


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