Diving in Sri Lanka
SRI LANKA, THE PEARL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN, OFFERS A MYRIAD OF DIVING ADVENTURES, FROM VIBRANT CORAL REEFS TEEMING WITH TROPICAL FISH, TO COUNTLESS SUNKEN WRECKS WAITING TO BE EXPLORED.
Bathed in warm Indian Ocean currents, and with nearly 1600 kilometres/1000 miles of palm-fringed coastline, Sri Lanka is an amazing dive destination. This island nation has for millennia been a crossroads of historic shipping lanes, the Silk Road and other trade routes have shaped its unique culture. The landscape is as vibrant and varied above the water as it is below.
The waters of Sri Lanka are home to an incredible range of marine creatures from massive blue whales all the way through to tiny nudibranch. Sri Lanka has an abundance of great sites to discover including great wreck dives which are scattered off the coast. Local divers are still discovering new wrecks as they explore the waters of this island nation. Many of the wrecks are covered in marine life, soft corals, macro critters and large aggregations of schooling fish. Above the surface, Sri Lanka also boasts wildlife reserves, which protect native species such as leopards, porcupines and anteaters. It is also famous for its unique foods and amazing teas, which should be sampled as part of any dive trip.
Where you dive in Sri Lanka depends on when you plan to visit because the monsoon seasons vary from one end of the island to the other. October to May is the high season for diving the west and south-west coast, and May to October is the best time to dive the north-east coast. With incredible diving, friendly locals, amazing food and top side treasures, Sri Lanka truly offers it all.
Sri Lanka is a great place to learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Divercourse. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Enriched Air Diver, PADI Deep Diver and PADI Wreck Diver courses are popular to dive many of the sites and wrecks off the coastline of Sri Lanka. You can also become a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor from this island paradise.
WHEN TO GO
From mid April onwards the diving on the west- and south coast is influenced by the south west monsoon. The sea is mostly rough, the current can be very strong and the underwater vision can be considerably less than 3 m.
Due to these conditions most DIVING CENTRE's in South coast is closed from the mid of April to the mid of October. Usually the south-west monsoon blows continuously from the south-west and carries more humid air from the Indian continent. Sometimes there are strong winds and rain but on average never longer than an hour or two. Daily sunshine is even during the monsoon period 8 hours a day. Day temperatures are around 30 to 32 Celsius and night temperatures 26 to 28 Grad Celsius. Water temperature is the whole between 28 to 30 Celsius.
Bathing and swimming however is possible during the whole year due to the reefs protecting Unawatuna Beach and the Mihiripenna/Dalawella Beach from high waves.
Nilaveli Diving Centers on the untouched north-east coast Sri Lanka's, 12 km north of Trincomalee, is open every year from 15. March to 15. November. From mid November to end of February/mid of March the north east coast and the east coast of Sri Lanka is influenced by the north east monsoon with strong wind, rough sea, high waves and some time haevy rain showers. Because of this bad diving and snorkelling conditions most NILAVELI DIVING CENTER's will be closed from November to March.
At this time of the year you can visit the south coast of Sri Lanka under good diving and snorkelling conditions.
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I booked here because I had used the same company in Unawatuna and was lucky enough to get the same Divemaster, Arne. Not expensive compared with diving in many other places. Easy to find. The best thing was the flexibility that they offer two take two snorkellers, one advanced and one discovery diver in the same boat with no other tourists so it was a nice family trip. The snorkellers saw some sharks - big enough to be interesting but not too scary. For the dive, it was just enjoyable and relaxing even though no amazing sitings.
I mainly selected this diving centre because of the great reviews on tripadvisor (and a few other things) and I was not disappointed. It was absolutely awesome!
I pre-booked a package of 15 fun dives over the internet (10% rebate) and stayed for a week in the adjacent High Park Hotel.
The diving center is very well run, clean and well staffed, from instructors & Dive masters to the compressor boys who will also help you carry your gear to the boat. Everyone was very friendly and helpful from the start.
Having been diving with many dive centers around the world, Nilaveli Diving Centre (NDC) immediately sparked our confidence in their operation when we arrived there to ask about diving with them. On first impression the Centre's facilities are well organized, the equipment seems to be in good condition (we have our own gear so didn't test these) and the staff is plentiful around to help you.
We have got OWD certificates in this diving center. We visited other diving centers before starting education here and I think this one is the best. Excellent service, professional and friendly staff, reasonable prices. They provide european level of service in Asia.