Snorkeling in Sri Lanka: admire the amazing reefs and corals.
One of the main reasons for making Sri Lanka a favourite destination for tourists around the world is the beautiful and wonderful beaches that you can find all around the coastline.
Sri Lanka is also a hub for marine life because of its unique position in the Indian Ocean, which makes it an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. With this article we would like to provide you a quick overview on snorkeling in Sri Lanka, where to go and what to expect.
Before we talk about snorkeling in Sri Lanka let’s see what is meant by snorkeling and how it is different from scuba diving; both these activities are quite similar in purpose and both are popular tourists’ activities in Sri Lanka.
This part of the article is meant for those who are not familiar about snorkeling, so if you are already experience, you can jump to the next paragraph.
In snorkeling you only use a special tube called snorkel to breathe when you are submerged, while you require special equipments for scuba diving like oxigen. The advantages of snorkeling includes relatively low cost and the ease of doing it, however while you snorkel you definitely have to stick to the surface and can’t dive for deeper immersions.
Pigeon Island is regarded as one of the best places for snorkeling in Sri Lanka. This island is located in front of Nilaveli beach and close to Trincomalee, which are a popular destination in the east coast for tourists and that offers many other attractions as well.
The area surrounding Pigeon Island is also the second marine sanctuary in Sri Lanka. While it is a good spot for snorkeling, the island itself is worth seeing too.
Another among the best places for snorkeling in Sri Lanka is Mirissa beach. This beach is located in the southern parts of the island and is considered to be one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka.
It is a very good destination for snorkeling in Sri Lanka. You can spot sea creatures such as octopus, sepias, sea turtles, etc.
However you should be mindful of the surfers who may be already on the waters.
It is best to avoid snorkeling during the surfing season that extends from November to April and the monsoon season that will hit the west coast from July to September.
Snorkeling is an excellent activity if you are fascinated with the many wonders of underwater wildlife and are reluctant to pay the expenses and go through the hassle of scuba diving. Beside the economical advantages snorkeling can definitely be an educative entertainment for kids.