In Sri Lanka diving is cheap but it is also great! During season the visibility is between 10M to 50M. In comparison to other Asian countries our blue waters are very clean and unpolluted due to low shipping traffic and small coastal populations. Traders and invaders have come and gone; remnants of their legacy evident only by the infusion to the islands culture and the derelict remains of their transportation, once mighty symbols of trade, commerce and imperial power, now mere echoes from the past resting beneath the waves of the coastal seas. These are the ancient ship wrecks of Sri Lanka , testimonials of a rich and long cultural history and portals from the present to a bygone era that once were. Based on historical records there are over 200+ estimated ship wrecks around the coast of Sri Lanka . Many have been located and the search continues to this day using advanced resonance scanning technology. Five hundred years of trade, commerce, conflict and war from the times of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British resulted in vast amount of shipping traffic all around the coast of Sri Lanka and thus the reason for the proportionately high number of wrecks.
Included in the tour are few of these very famous ship wrecks, some are hundreds of years old. We selected Hikkaduwa, Galle , Galle and Dodanduwa, which have the most and variety of wrecks. You can also choose other sites for further dives, given below, please contact us. Wreck diving in Sri Lanka is an amazing experience not to be missed by any diver visiting this land.
Diving in Sri Lanka is all year around.
Come to Sri Lanka whenever you want and you will find great, safe & fun diving all year around. Just make sure you stay in the correct location based on the season. What's more it is summer all year around in Sri Lanka ! If at all, you will need a 3MM wet suit and you will be quite comfy! (More on weather)
November Through May - The West Coast (Negombo, Beruwala, Bentota, Kosgoda, Hikkaduwa, Galle , Matara, Tangalla)
April Through October - The East Coast (Trincomalee, Batticaloa) NOT ACCESIBLE NOW!
Mid March to Mid April - The Great Basses reef (The great barrier reef of Sri Lanka )
- Wreck of EARL OF SHAFTESBURY” (Depth 15m) a 4-masted iron sail ship, capsized In May 1893
- Wreck of CONCH” (Depth 12-21m) one of the first steam-powered oil tankers in the world sank on 2nd of June 1903
- Bottle Wreck – (Depth 24m) a n unknown ship lying on a sandy bottom in front of Galle Harbour .
- Wreck “ Arcturus” is a British steam ship wreck built in 1870
- Wreck Aenos – A Greek freighter carrying Manganese after hitting "Rala Gala" at Dodanduwa.
- Wreck Alliance – (Depth 23m) is a British wooden sailboat that sank carrying a cargo of charcoal.
- Wreck Crispigi Cross – (Depth 16m) - This was a boat from Panama carrying rice and paint that sank in the 1980's in front of Galle Hospital .
- Wreck "Ethophy" (Depth 15m) a cargo ship that sank in 1877.
- Wreck RANGOON " – (Depth 30m) – The Rangoon is a steam ship built in 1863 by Samuda Bros, London .
- Wreck Orestes – (Depth 16m) a British steam ship that sank carrying a cargo of bricks and areca nuts and sank after slipping anchor and hitting the shore.
- Wreck Lord Nelson - (Depth 18m) a modern boat that sank in a storm in 2000 and w as carrying a cargo of cement in Galle .
- Elephants at Pinnewala Orphanage
- The Royal citadel of Kandy (UNESCO world heritage site)
- Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya , the best in Asia established in 1592 by King of Kandy,
- The Capital city of Colombo & shopping
- The wonder of underwater coral gardens & marine life
- Warm palm fringed sandy beaches of the south coast
All major dive operators are PADI or CMAS certified.
The major dive centers located in reputed hotels and run by PADI certified professionals with years of diving international dive experience but with intimate knowledge of local dive sites. There has been no fatal dive accidents in the last 10 years. Sri Lanka is well geared for Emergency Management.
Access to dive sites is almost always by boat.
Shore dives are a rarity. Operators generally have small boats (for about 6 divers). Some do have larger boats for about 15 divers. Most dives are before noon and, depending on the operator, could mean a two tank dive or a trip back to the shore to reload for the second dive. The boat trips are pretty quick ranging from 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the location. All most all major dive operators have an on board supply of pure Oxygen in the unlikely event of a Decompression Illness emergency. The boats are also equipped with radio and cell phones to activate Emergency Medical Services if required. The dive objective could change depending on what you encounter on the way! Sometimes the visibility is so good that you would see interesting rock formations on the way and wish to dive then and there, or the boat could bump into a Whale Shark or Manta Ray and everyone will forget all about diving and snorkel with the beast for the rest of the morning!
Get your PADI certifications in Sri Lanka
Most of the reputed dive centers offer certifications up to Instructor. The Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver courses may take about 3 to 4 days each at costs ranging from US$250 to US$400. The Dive Master, Assistance Instructor and Instructor courses are longer and could cost from US$350 to US$550.
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