Diving in Sri Lanka

Stunning reefs, magnificent marine life and beautiful dive holiday

Crystal clear water of Indian Ocean is offering outstanding underwater visibility. 1000s of species of fish and coral on reefs that are close to shore; the opportunity to explore your very own ship wreck or swim with the many different species of sharks that patrol these waters. Sri Lanka is without doubt one of the world's greatest diving locations, with opportunities for every age and ability.

Sri Lankans warm tropical climate and crystal waters provide the perfect conditions for exploring the island's vibrant marine life and colourful corals. Although all dive holidays are different, each of dives is as enjoyable as the other and offers a range of experiences, marine life and scenery.

Dive with confidence

At Green foot travels, your safety and satisfaction is our priority and we only work with experienced local dive companies staffed by fully qualified guides and instructors, and with safe, modern equipment.

Padi courses

PADI Diving Courses (all dives are accompanied by PADI Professionals, your personal PADI training materials has to be purchased at our Dive Shop and will be your property after the course ) If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course, the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.


Hikkaduwa National park is one of the second marine national parks in Sri Lanka. The National park consisting with a fringing coral reef of high degree of biodiversity. Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary, Fallacious Montipora species prominent the coral reef. Encrusting and branching species are also present. Faviidae and Poritidae corals are contained in the inshore areas of the reef in massive colonies. Staghorn, elkhorn, cabbage, brain, table and star corals are all present in the reef. Corals of 60 species belonging to 31 genera are recorded from the reef. The reef also recorded over 170 species of reef fish belonging to 76 genera. Sea grass and marine algae belonging to genera Halimeda and Caulerpa are common in the seabed depth ranging from 5–10 m.


Quite remarkable untouched wonderful costal are in Sri Lanka, Placed 150 km north of the capital, Colombo, the Kalpitiya region is one of the most beautiful coastal areas located in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, by being a famous destination for the beach tourists and also is like a heaven for a rich bio diversity including various species of flora and fauna.

It is a complex of reef which stretches paralle to the coast from the northern end of the Kalpitiya peninsula to the island. It has high ecological, biological and aesthetic significance, being home to 156 species of coral and 283 species of fish.

Green foot tours bringing you on a boat to the edge of Bar reef. Where are you can dive in quite shallow water? This beautiful reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish as well as offering sighting of manta rays, reef sharks, molluscs, shrimp, crabs and the occasional turtle! Diving and Snorkeling are not possible during the southwest monsoon period (May to November). The best times are therefore between late November and early May.

The underwater currents in the seas off Kalpitiya are generally not strong, but are influenced by small tide changes of two high water and two low water tides. The underwater temperature is approximately 75°F so no wetsuits are required (but thin wetsuits could be worn to protect from any bruising from the coral.


On the southeast coast, approximately 10km south of Tissa, lies the pretty village of Kirinda. The village itself boasts a superb beach and an interesting Buddhist shrine on the rocks. However, it is best known as a base from which to experience some excellent diving at the famous ‘Great Basses' wreck and the Great and Little Basses reefs (southeast of Kirinda). The famous Arthur C Clarke also put Kirinda on the map when he used it as his base for his diving exploration in order to write his book ‘The Treasure of the Reef'. A particularly unique feature of the Great Basses is the light-house that was actually, constructed on the reef in 1860.


Also known as ‘sandy village' WELIGAMA is located approximately 30 km east of Galle. As well as having an attractive sandy bay, this fishing town is also an ideal base for SNORKELLING and DIVING, with many fascinating sites to explore. For those who'd rather stay above the surface of the water, catamaran rides are a pleasant way to venture out on the sea. You can also go out further to the deeper waters to see a variety of dolphins and sharks, possible period from Early November to Mid-April.


TRINCOMALEE (more commonly known as ‘Trinco') is a prime eco tourism venue which is located on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka and offers some of the country's most attractive beaches such as ‘Uppuveli' and ‘Nilaveli'. Fine white-sand and crystal clear water provides an irresistible combination that won't fail to disappoint any visitor who loves the beach!. Snorkeling around the famous Pigeon island just off Nilaveli beach is widely recognized to be a ‘must-do' activity during a stay in Trincomalee.


The commercial city of Colombo offers unrivalled opportunity for divers. Take a few time of your busy work to be put down the under water. City of Colombo is best place in Sri Lanka for a great wreck diving experience. You will meet dozen wrecks ranging from 30 Meters to 57 Meters (Tec Dive) in Sri Lanka. Dive in to a World War I Armed Merchant Ship or a brand new ship, recently sunk in 2009. it has some of the greatest reefs too. For example, the Gorgonian Gardens are a unique dive site found nowhere else in Sri Lanka and the Taprobane Reefs are simply outstanding. Many diving locations can be found in Colombo sea such as Medhufaru, Cargo-Wreck, Car Wreck, Tug Wreck, Battery Barge, SS Worcestershire, Para Gala, Taprobane East, Barracuda Reef, Wallet Wreck, Panadura Wreck, Taprobane East Wreck. Gorgonian Garden, Serendib Reef.

Mention - Before you dive

To be eligible to dive, you must be at least 10 years old*, a good swimmer, and in good health. Subject to the diving course you choose, no previous diving experience is required, however, for all divers there are a number of criteria you must satisfy.

You must have a valid medical certificate. This must be presented to the diving school certifying that you are fit to dive. It must be no more than 1 year old, and can be obtained from your doctor before you leave.

You must fill in a PADI Medical Statement form. If you are in any doubt about your medical status in respect of diving, or your physical condition, please review this form before you leave the , and consult your doctor.

After you dive (Important Note)

For health reasons, you must not fly within 24 hours of your last dive. Please remember this when planning your diving activities.

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