Sri Lanka can be described as a land of beaches, and that is why it can be considered as the best place for Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Through these activities, one can catch the glimpse of colorful tropical fishes, along with the coral reefs. If you are lucky then you can also catch a glimpse of the ship wrecks that dates back to European Colonial period. Ship wrecks can be found particularly on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Some of the sites which are popular for Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are, Weligama, Kirinda and Hikkaduwa. One of the most popular spot is “Bar reef”, which can be easily described as Sri Lanka’s largest reef. This spot is accessible from Kalpitiya that is located in the district of Puttalam. One can also reach this place from Pigeon Island, which is off the Nilaveli beach, located on the north of Trincomalee.
The underwater activities are strictly supervised by the instructors who are affiliated to UDI & PADI. These instructors ensure that all these activities are practiced safely. The best time to enjoy diving and snorkeling on the west coast, is from November to April, while the east coast might be enjoyed from May to October.
This is one of the most popular sports in Sri Lanka and is played all throughout the year. Just like Kite Surfing, Surfing can be practiced on the southwest coast and the eastern coast, based on the seasonal monsoon. Sri Lanka is one of the most popular surfing destination in world. Arugam Bay located in the east coast bay is immense popular with the international tourists. Arugam Bay also hosts the international surfing competition, where travelers from different parts of world assemble to participate. Another popular destination is “Hikkaduwa”, which hosts the “National Championship of the Japanese Pro Surfers Association”. Some other destinations which are popular as well are, Midigama, Weligama, Mirissa and Galle, in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. One can also explore Negombo, on the northern coast. Amongst the beaches, Arugum Bay is undoubtedly is the best surfing beach. Best time to visit this beach will be from the month of April to the month of September. However, if one is visiting the western or the southern coasts, the best time will be anytime between November to April. The beaches of Pasikudah Nilaveli, Kalkudah are famous for surfing along with snorkeling and scuba diving. In recent times, there are some good resorts which have been built around these famous tourist centers.
Kite surfing has been one of the most exciting sports of Sri Lanka since it’s a perfect mix of the adventure of air sports with the agility and speed of the water sports. spots is assured to create an electrifying environment, pushing the adrenaline high. Even though Kite Surfing is not one of the famous sports in the world, however, it is gaining its footprint gradually in the sports world. One can experience the combined power of wind and sea, making it one of the environment-friendly sports. There is no specific season for Kite Surfing, the only exception, in this case, will be the places affected with the seasonal monsoons. In practice, it has been found that from the month of November to April, the sport is generally practiced on the western coast of Sri Lanka. A two-day trip could be planned from Kalpitiya, which is located on the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka. An overnight stay with a campfire along the beach is definitely recommended. From the month of June to September, this sport is practiced in the eastern locations. However, this is not a popular option and the same could be arranged only on specific requests.
In order to do Wind surfing, one can visit Bentota which is the best surfing destination in Sri Lanka. The best beach for surfing is Nilaveli beach, located on the eastern coast. The best time to visit this beach for surfing is between May to October. There are plenty of tourist centers, which provide lessons on Wind Surfing and also provides equipment for the same.
Sri Lanka Water Sports, popularly known as Sunshine imparts training to water sports enthusiasts, especially to the beginners, on various forms of water sports. This includes Jet-Sky, snorkeling, Windsurfing, surfing, diving, and various other sports. The instructors are well trained, and they impart training in various languages. This includes English, German and French. The training curriculum, as well as the instructors, are supervised under the able guidance of “Water Skiing National Championship Thushal Gunawardena”.
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