Discover the Best Dive Sites in Hikkaduwa

Diving in Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

What Makes Hikkaduwa Special for Diving?

Hikkaduwa’s appeal as a top diving destination lies in its diverse marine ecosystem and the variety of dive sites available. Here, you can encounter everything from colorful coral reefs and shoals of tropical fish to majestic manta rays and even whale sharks in the right season. The warm waters, generally excellent visibility, and well-preserved dive sites make it an ideal location for both novice and experienced divers.

Highlights of Diving in Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa’s dive sites are celebrated for their unique features and the array of marine life they support. Each site offers something special, whether it’s the depth and beauty of Kirala Gala, the historical intrigue of the Conch Wreck, or the stunning biodiversity of Coral Garden Cave. With short boat rides to most sites and the opportunity to dive in small, personalized groups, you’re guaranteed a safe and enjoyable experience.

Dive Sites in Hikkaduwa

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.




From Kirala Gala to the Conch Wreck, experience vibrant marine life and stunning coral reefs. Perfect for divers of all levels.


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