The tropical island of Sri Lanka is noted for having been blessed with numerous natural wonders. Its incredibly pristine beaches are undoubtedly among such attractions. With almost 1600 kilometers of golden coastline, the island is renowned the world over as […]
The tropical island of Sri Lanka is noted for having been blessed with numerous natural wonders. Its incredibly pristine beaches are undoubtedly among such attractions. With almost 1600 kilometers of golden coastline, the island is renowned the world over as an ideal destination for divers. Nestled in the vast Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is surrounded by waters home to a myriad of aquatic species. There is great amount of dive sites around the island worth exploring and these include wrecks located off the coast.
Local divers continue to discover new dive sites during their explorations. Most of the wrecks are home to macro critters, corals and marine life. The monsoon season is different from one part of the country to the other. Therefore, the dive location one could choose depends on the time period they are visiting.
The best period to indulge in diving in the north-east coast is May to October and the dive sites in the west and south-west are at their best from October to May. With excellent water sport facilities available nearby, one is bound to have an unforgettable diving experience at these sites.
Among the aquatic species one is bound to witness while diving in the island are leatherback turtles, loggerhead, hawksbill, Whale Sharks, Sperm and Blue Whales, Barracuda, Napoleon Wrasse and Parrot fish. The temperatures of the waters vary between 24 °C and 27 °C, making diving here a pleasant experience. The visibility typically ranges from 30-80 feet depending on the season. There are sites with shallow waters where beginners can indulge in dive sessions. Owing to the availability of PADI certified dive centers in most of the island’s dive sites, a person with any level of diving skill will be able to fulfil their requirement. With unparalleled tropical beauty, Sri Lanka surely affords an exceptional diving experience.