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9 Reasons Why Sri Lanka is a Great Destination for Scuba Diving!

In the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise renowned for its pristine beaches, luscious jungles, and a variety of marine life. With some of the finest dive sites in the world, it is a top location for learning scuba diving as well.


So, here are 9 reasons why Sri Lanka should be your go-to destination for scuba diving-

Unawatuna beach

1. Rich marine life

2. Year-round water temperatures

3. Visibility

4. Dive schools and equipment

5. Accessibility

6. Affordable

7. Coastal treats

8. Beautiful dive sites

9. Cultural and historical attractions





1. Rich marine life


A wide range of fish species, vibrant corals, reef sharks, sea turtles, rays, and other marine life can be found in Sri Lanka. The marine life is diverse, and if lucky, one can spot whales and dolphins as well.

Diving in Sri Lanka


speed boat in Sri Lanka

2. Year-round water temperature


Sri Lanka's ocean is warm and inviting year-round, with a temperature range of 27 to 30 degrees Celsius. This makes scuba diving in Sri Lanka comfortable and enjoyable.




3. Visibility


In Sri Lanka, many dive sites are located in protected bays, making the visibility one of the best among mainland diving. This allows divers to see the incredible marine life and beautiful coral reefs.

























4. Dive schools and equipment


There are many dive centers and stores in Sri Lanka that provide instruction in scuba diving and kit rental. A secure and enjoyable diving experience is guaranteed by highly qualified and experienced instructors and top-notch equipment.

Unawatuna diving school

diving gear

5. Accessibility


Sri Lanka is easily accessible from many major cities in Asia, making it a convenient destination for scuba diving enthusiasts. Guests can land into Colombo International Airport, and a 1-2 hour drive will take you to many dive towns. Sri Lanka offers e-visa for visitors, making entry very easy.




6. Affordable


Sri Lanka is a more reasonably priced scuba diving option than other well-known locations. It has a low expense of living, and diving schools and equipment rentals are much more affordable.

Food in Unawatuna beach

7. Coastal treats


While scuba diving in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka, you can enjoy local cuisines like rice & curry, as well as seafood dishes such as crab, lobster, and prawns served with coconut sambol. International options like pizza, pasta, and burgers are also available at nearby restaurants.


Sri Lanka also has many beach bars where one can sip local beers and more!




8. Beautiful dive sites


With its clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and shipwrecks that reveal the nation's past, Sri Lanka has some of the most stunning dive sites in the entire globe.

ship wreck in Unawatuna























9. Cultural and historical attractions


Ancient temples, UNESCO heritage sites like like Galle Fort, and ruins that provide a glimpse into the country's past can be found in Sri Lanka, a country that is wealthy in culture and history. Due to this, scuba diving in Sri Lanka offers the chance to experience both the underwater world and the rich culture and past of the nation.


Conclusion


Sri Lanka is an excellent place to go scuba diving because it has a diverse marine life, lovely dive sites, warm water temps, excellent visibility, accessibility, top-notch dive shops and gear, an affordable price point, and interesting cultural and historical sites.


Anyone interested in scuba diving should explore Sri Lanka, regardless of their level of experience. Still uncertain where to make a reservation? Let me make it simple for you.


Check out AdventurePlay's Diving course available in Sri Lanka, and discover the magic beneath the surface!

 

About Author


Akshit Verma is a marketeer by profession and a traveler by soul. He came from a Hotel Management background and started his career in a travel organization.


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