Best Place to Experience Diving in Hikkaduwa

Diving in Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

Welcome to Hikkaduwa

Welcome to Hikkaduwa, the ultimate diving hotspot for Scuba Diving on Sri Lanka’s stunning southwest coast! Our diving school, nestled in this tropical paradise, is renowned for its pristine house reef—the island’s very first marine sanctuary. Diving in Hikkaduwa promises an unparalleled underwater adventure with exquisite reef formations, intricate rock complexes, and hidden underwater caves with diverse marine life.

Diving in Hikkaduwa

From October to April, Hikkaduwa transforms into a heaven for scuba diving, snorkeling and marine life watchers. Swim alongside blue whales, dolphins, and whale sharks as they migrate past our shores. Every diving excursions in Hikkaduwa promises encounters with vibrant tropical marine species. Beyond diving, unwind on beautiful beaches, visit the coral sanctuary, explore the turtle hatchery, and enjoy the serene coastal environment perfect for relaxation and adventure.

Why Choose Our Diving School?

Our diving school is renowned for professionalism, safety, and exceptional customer experience. We use the latest gear, ensuring comfortable and thrilling dives. Led by our director with over thirty years of industry experience, our team of qualified instructors is dedicated to providing a safe, enriching diving experience. Our school offers diverse diving sites for all levels, from shallow reefs for beginners and for snorkeling to deeper sites for advanced divers.

We pride ourselves on our welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Our staff, celebrated for their extensive knowledge and expertise, prioritize your satisfaction and preferences, making every dive memorable. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced diver, our personalized approach ensures a tailored and enjoyable scuba diving adventure.

More Than Just Scuba Diving

Hikkaduwa is not just a place to dive; it’s a place to connect with the ocean, learn about marine life, and create lasting memories. It’s also a fantastic destination for:

  • Surfing
  • Yoga
  • Round Tours: A great starting point for tours to places like Mirissa, Ella, and Kandy. The International Diving School offers guided tours on request. Just ask us—we have the perfect personalized tour for you.

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Our location

Main Attractions

One of the best dive sites in the area, this deep dive is only 15 minutes from the dive school. The pinnacle begins at 20m, descending to 40m, and is surrounded by numerous shoals of fish, attracted by the beautiful soft coral. Look out for the huge shoal of red tooth triggerfish, our resident barracuda pack and the cluster of oriental sweetlips and schooling bannerfish near the base of the pinnacle, and the ever-present morays. There’s something for everyone at Kirala Gala, and in the right season, you’ll even see mantas and whale sharks cruise by.

The wreck of one of the world’s first oil tankers, the Conch, can be found 20 minutes from the school. Ranging in depth from 14 to 20m, this site is suitable for all levels. Parts of the wreck are scattered across the sea bed, whilst others remain where they sank, including the huge oil tanks themselves. Highlights include cuttlefish, titan triggerfish and the large grouper inside the wreck.

The landscape of this site reminds divers of some alien planet, with large boulders littering the seabed. At a maximum depth of 24m, Goda Gala is fun for all, with plenty of blue boxfish, morays, lobsters and all the usual suspects to look out for. Only a 15-minute boat ride, Goda Gala is a regular dive spot for the school.

This site is in the close proximity to Godagala rock. This site is also full of big tropical fish like moray eels, snappers, barracuda, and also octopus, turtles, lobsters and various varieties of ornamental fish. Apart from this natural creations like coral reefs and boulders can be seen underneath the water.

An English ship sank in the year 1847 (One Piece) a site worth watching because of its historical value. The area is studded with beautiful corals grown over the last few centuries. Full of tropical fish such as rays and barracuda. It is just 15 minutes boat ride from the school and the maximum diving depth is 15 meters.

One of the most gorgeous sites to dive. The beautiful corals of many and vivid colours are majestically standing along the coral reef. Fish of many varieties such as clown fish, angel fish, and snappers and “Black Corals” can be seen.

A natural Stone Cave underneath the water created by boulders of the sea bed. The area is full of corals like many varieties of flowers in the garden. The marine life contains many varieties of fish including turtles.

This site is covered with beautiful coloured corals by nature, which are fantastically shaped. Full of marine life, big fish such as barracuda, moray eel, rays etc. Underneath the water the corals of various colours can be seen in its own splendor.

In this site, the art of dive is deep rift dive. This area is covered with broad legendary Hikkaduwa Coral Reef which is worldwide known for it’s most sophisticated and colourful coral beds. Marine life and tropical water fish such as barracuda, snappers, blotched, lobsters, rays swim through the corals in crystal clear water.

“The rock of grand demon” in Sinhala is full of corals and colourful fish underneath rifted barriers and rocks could be seen.

This rock is named after the legendry God “Kadawara” who can influence the good as well as evil to anyone’s life according to the merits or acts he or she may create. It is said that God “Kadawara” sailed to Sri Lanka in a stone boat and landed near this rock. These are part of the legendary Hikkaduwa reef and barrier and as in the other places full of corals and marine life.

Sunil’s rock located close to great Hikkaduwa coral reef, provides some mature wonders like caves oriented in the sea bed with caves for divers. As nature has entrusted in this area a diver may sea lion fish, grouper, and soft corals. A site worthwhile to dive.

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