Activities at sea
Watersports are the best way to enjoy your beach holiday in Sri Lanka. Scuba Dive on the east and west coast and Surf in the southern half of the country…
Surfing in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka offers great spots for beginners or intermediary level surfers. The best time to surf in the west and south is from November to April. Some of the best-known spots are : Hikkaduwa, Hiriketiya, Weligama, Mirissa. The most famous wave is surfing on the east coast, in Arugam Bay. The season starts there in April and ends in October. Taking lessons or renting boards can be easily done.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Sri Lanka
You can dive on the east, west and south coasts of the island. The most beautiful reefs are in Kalpitiya (season: November to April) and Pigeon Island, near Trincomalee (season: April to September). Sri Lanka’s seabed is also renowned for its many wrecks. The best spots with wrecks are also in the Colombo region. With many reputed diving centers, you can enroll on a PADI scuba diving certification.
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka
You can enjoy windsurfing and kite surfing mainly in Kalpitiya and Negombo. Kite surfing is becoming very popular in Kalpitiya, not only for tourists but also for locals. Mannar is also a great spot for kitesurfing. The best time to practice windsurfing and kite surfing is from May to October.
Rafting and Kayak in Sri Lanka
You will enjoy rafting and kayaking mainly in the western region of Sri Lanka. Regarding the kayak ride, it takes you from Ratnapura to Kalutara, or to the Samanalawewa Reservoir in the mountainous region. You can also kayak by the sea, or on the river in Bentota. Go to Kitulgala for a rafting trip on the Kelani River.
Fishing in Sri Lanka
If you are passionate about sport fishing, board with an expert to enjoy a deep-sea fishing session. The activity is done in Panadura, following the sustainable rule of catch and release. For amateurs, it is also possible to fish with one of our partners on the east coast.
Other watersports in Sri Lanka
You can enjoy activities such as jet skiing or water skiing in the main seaside resorts of the island: Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, or Passikudah (non-exhaustive list). On the west coast, there are also activities such as the banana ride, the body board or the tube ride. We highly recommend watersports with low impact on the environment, rather than adventure motorsports.
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