Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (until 1972 known as Ceylon) is an island state located in the Southern Asia, near the southern edge of the Hindustan Peninsula, 510km/316mi from the Indian shore. The island is washed by the waters of the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. It is a unique country with rich cultural and historical heritage, bright and unique nature, an abundance of marine dwellers and a variety of coral species. Sri Lanka is a good place for diving because of rich underwater world and plenty of sunken objects, that’s why it has all chances of becoming a place of mass pilgrimage for divers from all over the world. The most popular dive resorts are Hikkaduwa at the south-west (the season for diving is from November through April) and Trikomali, a city with a giant natural harbor at the north-east of the island (the season for diving is from April through September).

Location: north of the Indian Ocean, south-west of the Bay of Bengal, south Asia near south-east India

What to see: various corals, whale sharks, blue and sperm whales, barracudas, loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, parrotfish, napoleonfish, wrasses, nudibranchs etc.

Depth: 20-37m/65-121ft

Currents: 1-2knots

Visibility: 5-25m/16-82ft

Season for diving: All year round, although the west coast of Sri Lanka is more suitable from November through April, while the east coast – from April through September. The average water temperature is 28C/82F.

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