TRINCOMALEE DIVING SITE

DIVING IN TRINCOMALEE

DISTANCE TO BANDARANAIKE INTERNATIONAL AIPORT – 5 HRS

Trincomalee is one of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka which is very famous for tourism and diving to watch best corals in Sri Lanka. It is a 5 hour drive to this beautiful city from Bandaranayaka International Air Port in Colombo. The Piggion Island which is 2 KM away from the cost surrounded by a crystal clear water and whitish sand is the dominating place for both diving and snorkeling with black tip (reef) sharks.

DIVING SITES IN TRINCOMALEE - SRI LANKA

Fort Frederik (4 min boating time & 10-19m depth)

Just in front the dutch for this unusual rock formation offers amazing anemones, corals reef, turtles, siting rays and a hugh variety of tropical fishes including the special and unique…. Giant frog fish!!!

Navy INavy Island (4 min boating time & 5 -12m depth)

Next to a restricted srilankan navy area this dive site is a good combination of coral reefs and rock formation. Full of a rich variety of colorful fishes and corals.

Uppuwelli Reef (20 min boating time & 9m depth)

This shallow coral reef has grown around a ruin of an old bridge which was previously used during the colonial time, this makes the dive a unique and spectacular experience between the impressive solid table coral formation and the marine life.

Pigeon Island

Pigeon   island  a  paradise  for  scuba  divers,  is  a  national  marine  park  and  the  second  marine  sanctuary  in  srilanka.  Situated  off  nilaveli  beach  in  the  indian  ocean,  approximately  two  kilometers  away  from  the  shore.  It  is  considered  as  one  of  the  iconic  tourism  attraction  site  in  eastern  srilanka.  It  was  first  declared  as  a  sanctuary  in  1963  and  upgraded  as  a national  marine  part  under  the  fauna  and  flora  protection  ordiance  in  2003.

The  park  consists  of  two  islands   of  which  one  is  small  and  other  one  is  larger  in  size.  This  is  unique  and  is  the  only  national  park  in  the  country  to  harbour  a  colony  of  the  beautiful  blue  rock  pigeons  and  contains  some  of  the  best  remaining  coral  reefs  in  the  country. There  are  around  100  types  of  coral  reefs  and  178  species  of  fish  on  this  island.  The  british  army  used  this  island  as  a  place  for  shooting  practice  during  the  early  world  war  time.

Pigeon  island  national  marine  park  consists  of  around  five  hectares  of  land  area  and  about  1000  meters  radius  into  the  sea  with  the  coral  reef  as  the  national  park  boundary.  In  2002,  the  island  was  opened  for  tourism  and  visited  by  large  number  of  local  and  foreign  tourists  since  then.

Further , if  you  can  clim  up  the  rock  of  the  island  through  the  nature  trail, you  would  see  the  real  owners  of  the  island  ,the  rock  pigeons.  Some  time  you  can  capture  the  wonderful  view  of  a  bunch  of  small fish  moving  around  the  island.  You  can  also  enjoy  having  a  sea  bath!  Do  not  forget  to  wear  footwear  as  the  sharp  edges  of  the  dead  corals  may  injure  your  legs.


Recreational opportunities

Sea bathing, swimming, scuba diving on coral reef, snorkeling, boat tour, rock climbing, bird watching, fish watching and photography.

This island is protected by the provisions under the ordinance of wildlife and flora conservation. Visitors are advised to obey the rules and procedures.


Seasons Accessible

The best season to visit pigeon island is from april to September which is a dry season in the region and the sea would be calm.

Swami Rock

A  great  precipice  situated  beside  the  famed  lovers  leap  at  the  historic  fort  pederick  looms  ominously  over  us  as  our  boat  chugs  towards  the  rocky  wall  surrounding  the  rocky  ancient  temple.  The  captain  cuts  the  engine  off  and  suddenly,  amidst  the  calm  seas,  a deafening  silence  envelops  us.  We  are  transfixed  with  awe  as  the  boat  glides  to  final  rest  only  a  few  meters  away  from  the  giant  boulders.  This  is  swami  rock.  We  are  now  on  sacred  grounds.

A  loud  splash  jolts  us  back  to  reality.  The  captain  has  thrown  in  the  anchor.  We  hastily  gear  up,  carry  out  the  buddy  checks  and  back  flip  into  the  water.  As  we  get  ready  to  descend  onlookers  wave  to  us  from  the  top  of  the  high  cliff.  We  return  the  greetings  and  slide  gently  beneath  the  surface  and  descend  into  the  past.

In  a  few  minutes  we  are  at  a  depth  of  15 meters  and  glide  along  the  rocky  under  sea  terrain. A white eyed  moray  sees  our  arrival ,  arches  it’s  back,  and  gazes  at  us  with  a mixture  of  curiosity  and  annoyance.

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