The beach resorts of Sri Lanka offer a variety of water sports ranging from Surfing, Wind Surfing, Snorkeling, Water Sking, Wave Boarding, Canoeing, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Boating, Deep Sea Diving, Jet scooter Racing. So pack your swimwear your snorkel and your suntan lotion- and head for the beach, for a watery adventure which will leave you thirsting for more.
Where and When
- East Coast April to September
- South & West Coast November to April
Arugam Bay on the East Coast was home to 2004 National Championships. This area is being re-developed following the cessation of hostilities in Sri Lanka but as yet has a casual/hippy atmosphere. Not the place for luxury hotels – try Lotus Park and Kudakalliya. Kitesurfing is the up and coming extreme sport and Arugam Bay is the centre for coaching and German kite-sellers. Hikkaduwa, Midigama and Polhenna Beaches in the south and west are good surfing beaches to explore.
Diving & Snorkeling
On-shore reefs and coastal wrecks afford ideal diving sites to explore a colourful underwater world. Trincomalee and Arugam Bay have greatest visibility from May to September, when the seas are calmer. Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and Mirissa on South and South West from November to April have numerous excellent dive sites with visibility up to 20m.
- The Coral Sanctuary at Hikkaduwa is close inshore. Dive, swim and snorkel with the parrot fish, barracuda and green turtles.
- Polhenna beach has a reef that you can reach on foot from the shore.
- Pigeon Island off Nilaveli on the East Coast (from May to September) and Unawatuna Bay (From November to April) are the best places for snorkeling.
- Sri Lanka has a number of wreck dives around Galle, Bentota and Trincomelee.
Water Sports Bentota
Bentota, a mere 2 hours away from Colombo and hails as a premier resort town with no less than 15 Star class Hotels clustered together plus numerous other less than 10 rooms boutique style hotels with Sun, surf and sand. This gives the visitor an ideal chance to stay in one and savour many different above water activities, Bentota has always been renowned as the water sport capital of Sri Lanka with the hoteliers in the area actively promoting water sports from adrenaline filled speed boat and jet ski riding, wind surfing, boogie boarding, water skiing, kite surfing, to a leisurely ride on a banana boat for the family & kids.
Bologoda Lake in Colombo has a good range of sailing boats for hire, Hobby Cats, Lasers and Catamarans.
As with any island people, fishing has always been part of Sri Lankan life. You may try fly fishing for trout, cast in the surf or lagoons and challenge the big game fish.
One of the key places with all the right conditions to kite surf is Kalpitiya, located about 95 km from Colombo, this sandy peninsula with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Kalpitiya lagoon on the others offers a covered heaven for kite surfers. You can either carry your own gear or hire from the local club at an hourly rate. They will also have instructors to help beginners, word of caution though is to have training before you try it as it will save you from broken bones and costly medical bills. Once you’ve mastered it check out the little sandy islets around the mouth of the lagoon and maybe even run with the Dolphins. dd