Water Sports

The best place for water sports is without doubt the town of Bentota on the West Coast,


Bentota is approximately 2.5 hours south from the airport. It benefits from a large flat estuary at the mouth of the Bentota Ganga, which ensures safe waters all year round for wakeboarding windsurfing, waterskiing, banana rides, donuts, kayaking and Jet Ski. Therefore, even during the monsoon (April-Nov) when the sea is unsafe for swimming and other activities have to cease the water sports can continue. Other activities include river cruises and from Nov-March surfing, body boarding, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and diving. There are several dive sites along Sri Lanka’s coastline, where vibrant and beautifully shaped coral is home to a varied number of fish species that include the Emperor Angel, the Moorish Idol, Powder Blue Surgeon, Sergeant-Major, Lion, Unicorn, Parrot Fish, Clown, Porcupine, Rays, Eels and others. For the more adventurous and enterprising divers, dozens of shipwrecks litter our coastline, usually close to rocks and reefs and in clear accessible waters.


Hikkaduwa and Tangalla on the west coast, Unawatuna on the south coast and Nilaveli on the east coast are all wonderful places for scuba diving and snorkeling. Hikkaduwa had one of the best coral reefs after the Great Barrier Reef but after the tsunami in 2004 some beauty was lost due to that disaster. The best time for diving and snorkeling on the west coast is from November to April and on the east coast is from April to September.