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Address: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

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Good and bad - needs management

Echoing other comments, this is a special place. The reef is damaged but there are signs of it trying to rejuvenate. Education is urgently needed...tourists walking on and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Echoing other comments, this is a special place. The reef is damaged but there are signs of it trying to rejuvenate. Education is urgently needed...tourists walking on and knocking the delicate structure is sad to see, and there is no need for it. Worse still are graffiti carvings, with names scrapped in some of the coral, shameful behaviour of some.... More 

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Stockholm Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Our experience of the Hikkaduwa coral sanctuary was very mixed. On the one hand it is fantastic to be able to snorkle right by the shore, seeing a lot of different fishes. On the other han the reef is overexploited, hardly any coral left at all. Boats racing around makes snorkelling dangerous at times and there is no information what... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Nice place to go snorkeling in the morning, Can see quite a few types of fish without having to go too deep into the water.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We saw a lot of cabbage corals and various other corals. Hikkaduwa is a paradise of coral and marine life watching. Have ample time, and good money. You will not be disappointed.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Yes it busy here, shallow and rough, you have to look out for the 'glass bottom boats', worth a look, the coral dark but there is sea life if you stay still. I was drifting around when suddenly a turtle swam towards me, followed by a number of snorkelers. The beach is small, no sun loungers or showers etc.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

For the sake of the environment all tourists should boycott this reef. It is pretty much dead unfortunately after the tsunami and with the locals/and government lack of education and conservation this once amazing place has little or no chance of recovery. With many people walking and standing on reef coral, feeding fish food like bread and biscuits, and surrounding... More 

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Bonn, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Took a boat trip in the Hikkaduwa beach and it was amazing. we saw live corals and also many varities of fish. it was a nice experience.

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Colombo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is one out of many places to snorkel in Sri Lanka. The best period is from December to April because of the south-west monsoon from May to November. There are so many species found here including sea turtles. Try to snorkel during mid day if you want to swim with turtles. You can rent out snorkels from the small... More 

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Camberley UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our glass bottom boat trip you can buy your official ticket from the small wooden booth on the beach it's a st price so you don't need to pay an inflated price some locals will charge. It was a beautiful day the sea was clear and calm with only a very slight swell when we got... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Reefs are still damaged unfortunately and the visibility wast great. Worst was that the current was so strong in the boundary marked area, that it kept pushing me over the reefs and left me with a bleeding knee that took more than a week to recover + I had to cling on to my son so the current wouldnt take... More 

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