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Diving in Sri Lanka

Explore diving in Sri Lanka

Bathed in warm Indian Ocean currents, and with 1600 km of palm-fringed coastline, Sri Lanka is an amazing dive destination. 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 wrecks scattered off the coast - local divers are still discovering new ones. 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 unique foods and teas, which should be sampled as part of any dive trip.

When to dive in Sri Lanka

October-May is high season for diving the west and south-west coast, and May-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.

Dive sites and dive shops in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka's main airport is the Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB). There are many non-stop options from Europe and Asia, but Americans will have to plan for stop-overs along the way.

In country, there are many travel options from tuktuks and taxis to buses and trains depending on the distance, cost or level of comfort you are looking for.

Time Zone
230 V
Bar (bar)
D, G, M
Sinhala, Sinhalese, Tamil
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Bandaranaike Intl Colombo (CMB)

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